The Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, right next door to Stanford University, is probably my favorite shopping place on the planet. It is a lovely outdoor mall, beautifully landscaped with some water elements, really good restaurants, and seating scattered throughout so as to rest and people watch. Terry and I made a stop there last week.
We almost always go to Max’s to eat if we arrive around lunch time. Nordstrom’s bistro and Frank’s Hot Dogs are also favorites. Thursday it was Max’s where we shared one of their famous pastrami sandwiches. The things are so big, you really do need to share. The cabbage soup is also a favorite of mine, but I decided to just have the sandwich and onion threads which came along with the bowl of french fries, which I seldom eat.
After that large lunch, we meandered through the center, looking at all the changes in the stores. Some of our favorites have left–Discovery Store, Smith & Hawken, a wonderful card shop–some are remodeling–Sony–the McDonald’s has downsized and moved one block. Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, and Macy’s still have large stores there. Kate Spade, Louis Vitton, Fritte, all have their boutiques here. Palo Alto is one of the wealthiest cities in the nation. There is no recession here.
I also enjoyed photographing some of the of flowers that were blooming.