This trip was a couple of years ago now, so the content was correct at the time of writing. We are all looking forward to being able to undertake some international travel again, so hopefully the quick run through below is of interest.
It was a bit disappointing not being able to find a visitor centre there for such a large company - but as it turns out that's pretty standard amongst the tech companies I visited.
Next up was a visit to Google's campus.
As a side note, the museum of computing is nearby - and a massive shame it was closed on Mondays as they have such as brilliant array of historic - and not so historic - computing. Don't miss it if you're in the area.
Google has a 'beta' visitor centre (at the time of writing) - only open if you have a member of google staff show you round - a disappointment to the people milling around hoping for a glimpse of what the visitor centre had to offer.
Instead content to take pictures with the street mapping car and the multi-coloured google bike.
There were people genuinely commuting around the place on these bikes.
The campus is sprawling - the area the visitor centre is located in though, has wholly unremarkable buildings, brownish in colour and a few stories high.
It looks a little like a university campus.
The visitor centre has a sign directing you towards the Android garden, so off we went for a look.
There's a bunch of polystyrene Android figures, which are a bit of fun to pose with the giant Kit Kat Android figure and others.
They've a little sad to see, stood out in the car park - would be great to see these housed properly in an in house museum.
We're in California of course, so you'd expect to see some charging stations and the campus doesn't disappoint.
Quick summary of visit opportunities to Facebook and Google: