Tugged among the buildings and well-known high-tech companies of the Silicon Valley, is a pretty place called Santana Row in San Jose, California, opposite to the most popular shopping mall in the Silicon Valley, the Westfield Valley Fair Mall. Santana Row has a mix of upscale condos/townhouses, shops, dining and entertainment areas, as well as some more casual fashion brands, local shops and restaurants.
We spent some time there on July 4th, meandering in the streets and shops, zipping cool drinks at the sidewalk cafe, and watching leisurely interesting and pretty people. The place won a number of design and engineering awards, thanks to its European design and atmosphere, due to, according to Wikipedia, “the use of mature oak and palm trees, shaded grassy plazas, courtyards, and fountains, intimate public seating areas, extra-wide sidewalks and street medians, and multi-use destinations such as Park Valencia, which hosts live music, a farmer’s market, and other public gatherings.”
Who would have thought, a bit of Europe, in the middle of the Silicon Valley?