Friday, March 27, 2015

From the Archives Santana Row Part One



Nothing like observing people playing chess. I am talking about adults as well as children. 



It was nice to see these kids making the right moves, and not engaged in some electronic games indoor.    


While I was watching them play, she really knocked off his pawn with her horse (you can see it in the video)

These are some of the pictures and video footage that I had in my archives – some that I shot two years ago at Santana Row, San Jose, California.
I liked the general ambiance of the place with elderly couples having a relaxed evening 




The entrance to the Vintage Wine Bar caught my attention and I thought that I should click it. The next time I go there I must make it a point to go inside as I heard that their two for one flight/glass during Happy Hours is great. 


Liked the way the leaves decorated the  El Jardin Tequila Bar  


Almost all the tables were occupied and there was a group playing some calypso music   


I could not get what the crooners were singing but the beat was really catchy   
The crowd started trickling in and the attendants were all ready to start the heaters   


Not far from the Bar, our friends were engaged in their mental war of wits.  



 
As the lights came on, the crowd started swelling and people were jostling for standing space, but they were in a happy mood swaying to the rhythm of the music.  


The game went on under special lights 



The same night there was a special cycle rally that passed through Santana Row – more on that in the next episode.


19 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

My grandchildren all play chess. It's a good thing.

Janie Junebug said...

What a pretty spot.

Love,
Janie

Megha @ Meinblogland... said...

Great ambience!

KParthasarathi said...

Seems an inviting space providing right ambiance for fun with friends and family

Sandhya said...

Best place for relaxation, I feel. Let me visit this place one day!

Jeannette said...

Guard your queen!

Susan Deborah said...

I would love to play chess, but I cannot. Lovely snapshots of people and background.

Best,
SD

TexWisGirl said...

looks like a nice, relaxing area!

George said...

I'm glad you went to your archives and found these photos to share with us. I've never been to California, but I enjoyed this visit to Santana Row through your pictures.

Rama Ananth said...

Lovely pictures of people. People watching is such an interesting time pass.The video too is good.

Traveling Bells said...

This all looks like a lot of fun...

Paul Pietrangelo said...

I use to really enjoy chess. While I was teaching, I had a chess group that got together at lunch & after school. Some of the students got to be so good that eventually beat. I love your photos. See ya.

Cruisin Paul

Sonya Ann said...

You have an eye for pictures. I would love to be outside now and play chess or do anything. It's still cold in the Chicagoland area. But we are getting closer to the warm season.

Shesha Chaturvedi said...

Such a lively place it is. Have never seen such big pawns and horses on chess boards till now except from the stories of old days in old palaces in India :)

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Saru Singhal said...

I love such places. I don't play chess or admire it much, but watching kids and others play is always a sight.

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Loco mente said...

Thanks for sharing.. Nice pictures...
And I still dont know to play chess. Sigh :(

Shweta said...

Lovely pictures & ambience. they all look very inviting.