We’ve had a great vacation to Denver! Here are a few of the things we did… didn’t bring my camera but my phone’s pictures didn’t do too badly…
We visited Albert’s sister and brother in law and hung out with them a few days. It was very relaxing and nice just to do simple things like wander to the local grocery store (King’s Super) and buy some fruit and munchies.
I really liked the bag dispenser. It was so cute!
The supermarket is very nice. It has nice plant and flower arrangements everywhere and they paid a lot of attention to the decor.
I was pretty impressed with how they tried to make the whole store look nice, even thinking of air space above.
I did feel a bit silly going around photographing the cool arrangements, but I like to get ideas since sometimes I am called upon to do decorating. 🙂 And anyway, it’s the artist in me that likes stuff like this. (My relative said, “I never even noticed!”)
I think it’s very cool that there’s a lot of attention to detail. There was even an arrangement tucked in the back by the bathroom! Makes it feel like a nice place to shop.
Then we headed home and were treated to an amazing dinner by a gal named Charlotte who goes over to take care of the kids and cook. She is an amazing cook. We had Morrocan meatballs with a poached egg on top and curry potato pancakes. Yum!
Yesterday we struck out on our own, leaving our son to play with his cousins. Charlotte dropped us off at the light rail station.
We went over the overpass to get to the platform. I liked the design of the bridge.
For dinner we went to Bistro Vendome, a French restaurant. I was impressed by the cool looking dessert, a chocolate semifreddo banana anglaise and chocolate sauce. There were some other words I didn’t understand but I think they described the caramalized banana chips which had something crunchy on it but I don’t remember the words they used.
Today we wandered around downtown Denver. First we went to Tattered cover, of course. That’s what bookworms do on vacation. Then we discovered the 16th Street mall and the very cool free buses they have. There are so many buses they come like seconds after each other!
We got caught in a quick thunderstorm. It was so windy I felt like we were in a typhoon! We ran through the rain to our next destination. Fortunately it was just one block.
We went to the Brown Palace where we had high tea. It was Albert’s first time! It was very fun for us to have tea together…
Except, being short Asians, it was a bit hard to see each other over the trays. (We ended up moving them to the side so we could actually see each other!)
But they had the coolest looking presentation. I liked the little bowl made of chocolate with cream in it. It was all quite delicious!
And the ambience was very nice… listening to a very good live piano player and sitting under a very tall glass stained window with very cool iron-work balconies. The waitress was very nice and gave us a walking tour brochure of the building… fascinating history.
But afterwards Albert said it was time to go eat some steak. I guess this is why tea is more of a girl’s thing I guess. He would take one bite of something and it took me 3 bites to eat it! 🙂
After that we wandered about some more. We happened to see a gold-domed building so headed towards it.
Turns out it was the Denver state capital building. (I can’t believe all these pictures were taken on my iPhone!)
On the outside there was a step that was exactly one mile high.
Since the building was on the top of the hill, we could look down and see another building. It kind of reminded me of Washington D.C.’s mall.
When we went inside, we discovered there was a quilt show going on. There were quilts hanging everywhere. We wandered around and I even voted since they were taking votes.
The center rotunda was very tall and quite cool to look up. (Notice the little people by the lower bannister for scale.)
There was a gallery of all the presidents. I think they were all painted by the same person!
After that we wandered to… Barnes and Noble… just can’t stay away from those bookstores. We walked up and down the 16th Street Mall and nibbled on stuff and Albert got his second dinner so he was actually full. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day!