As I shared with you in previous posts my daughter Ashleigh works for Google. She has worked for them for seven years here in Atlanta. This past August she decided to take a transfer to the Mountain View, CA site also know as 'Googleplex'. This is the home base of the vast Google organization. I looked forward to my tour here and I must say I had a great time!
I was not allowed to take any inside photos but outside was fine!
This is the courtyard where lots of activities happen
A concert on a Tue afternoon
Free beer, soft drinks and ice cream for all
Do you notice anything strange about Stan?
I thought they were there in my honor but apparently they are an inside Google joke!
There are lots of carvings in this area and I had to give Jacques Cousteau a little kiss
Here I am posing with a Google sign and doing my Vanna White impersonation...are there any O's!
Our next stop was the Android building
It seems that all the updated android releases are named after desserts and there are huge statues of each dessert outside this building
Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Eclair
Froyo (aka Frozen Yogurt)
Me and the Honeycomb...had I known there was a big ole bee about to attack I might not have been smiling!
And my personal favorite, the Donut!
Going in alphabetical order i'm told the next release will be called Ice Cream Sandwich...I'll visit that statue on my next visit to Cali!
Notice the antenna on the building...
These bicycles are all over campus for Googlers to take and ride to different locations.
Just leave it and someone else will use it to go to the next place.
I must tell you I was so impressed by this company! They provide mini-kitchens on each floor with free drinks and snacks of all kinds. They have approximately 22 cafe's through out the complex featuring a large variety of foods. Free meals are available for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We ate dinner there and the food was really good!
Google is very Eco Friendly and they have their own gardens to help supplement their restaurants fresh herbs and veggies. They also have recycling stations everywhere.
They also have workout gyms and lap pools for Googlers
to work off all those free meals.
Here I am at the end of my tour at the official address of Google. I did get to shop in their store and found a few souvenirs! Notice my Chrome tote bag!
I must say a big Thank You to my daughter Ashleigh! Not only did she give me the tour but humored me and took all these fun photos of me at Google! I think she called it 'take your Mom to work day'!
There are some great photos of the inside of Google in a TIME photo essay if you want to take a look!
I am flying to Texas tomorrow. I had planned this trip for Thanksgiving, but my brother who has been ill for a long time is not doing so well. I will be staying with my Mom and I am excited to see her. My sister in law (who is like a sister to me) just lost her Mother on Friday and is in North Carolina and will be back later this week. My brothers illness has really been hard on her and my Mom so I'm trying to be strong for them. It's a hard time for my whole family. I will update as I can!