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The incredible Winchester Mystery House
San José

Do you know the way to San José?

You should do now that Dublin has been twinned with the city for the next 25 years – but what’s the big attraction?

BELIEVE IT OR not, it has been a quarter of a century since Dublin was twinned with San José, a milestone that was marked in the city yesterday with a visit from members of San José City Council.

San José is know for being the ‘capital’ of Silicon Valley – but what else marks the city out? And does it have much in common with Dublin? finds out seven facts about Dublin’s twin… and discovers that with better weather, quirky features and six dog parks, it may well be the perfect place for a holiday…

  • San José is the third-largest city in California and was founded on 29 November 1777 – making it the oldest non-Native American settlement in California.
  • It’s the home of modern technology, being the base for Silicon Valley, home to some of the world’s largest tech companies. The phrase ‘silicon valley’ dates back to 1971. Why silicon? Well, it is used in the commercial manufacture of semiconductors.
  • Its name before Silicon Valley? The Valley of Heart’s Delight.
  • The beauty of the city was captured in the classic Burt Bacharach hit, Do You Know the Way to San José, as sung by Dionne Warwick.  It won the singer a Grammy award for best pop vocal performance.
  • San José is home to the Winchester Mystery House, a Victorian home which features bizarre staircases; a séance room; secret passages and lots of quirky features. Its owner, Sarah Winchester, apparently had the weird features built in order to confuse ghosts that she thought were following her…
  • San José is the place to go if you want to find a mate – Men’s Health magazine said in 2007 that it is the best place to go if you need a man. Apparently they’re not all tech geeks – but it’s the place to go if you’d like to be chatted up in C++.
  • If you’re a dog lover, you’ll adore San José – it has six dog parks, so it’s the perfect city for those who love their canine companions.

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  • The name of the city's soccer team? The tongue-in-cheek San José Earthquakes

    Our own Robbie Keane plays against against San Jose Earthquakes' Steven Beitashour Source: Jae C. Hong/AP/Press Association Images
  • Santa Cruz mountains

    The nearby Santa Cruz mountains are a beautiful sightSource: Wikipedia
  • The stunning Hayes Mansion

    This mansion, which has been refurbished and is surrounded by a 20-acre park, is now a hotel. Why not stay overnight and pretend you're the owner of this gorgeous building...Source: Wikipedia
  • The incredible Winchester Mystery House

    Featuring hidden passageways, a grand ballroom built almost entirely without nails, stunning parquet floors, forty-seven fireplaces and seventeen chimneys, this is one unique- and very spooky - house.Source: Wikipedia
  • Lick Observatory

    Fancy a look at the stars? Get yourself to Lick Observatory, which was the world's first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory.Source: Wikipedia
  • Dog pack

    San José people love their dogs - so much so that the city has six dedicated dog parks.
  • Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of technology since the beginning of the 20th centurySource: Wikipedia

Does San José have much in common with Dublin? In truth, not much – but that makes it all the more exciting.

So, now that you know where to go, what to see and who to find in San José, there’s only one thing to find – the way.

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