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Civic Center Historic District

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    • Day 5

      We love a tourist day

      May 25, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Today was another slow start, I walked downtown and tried to get tickets to the tour of the Mint. They were all sold out when I got there sadly. So I walked around to the City Building and Capitol Building. I went into the Capitol and had a look at the Colorado Senate, House of Representatives and saw where all the offices are. It was a gorgeous building inside and out. There were no tours sadly though 😞
      Then I didn't know what to do, so after a quick google I decided to head to the History Colorado Centre. It was a great choice, I spent 4 hours learning about Colorado natives - Utes, Sand Creek massacre, climate of Colorado and all about the events in history that have shaped the state. Peep the video of my epically failing on the ski jump, all my days of Wii fit have not paid off.
      By this time it was 3pm and I was starving, so I took a trip to the one and only Cheesecake Factory. I had a delicious meal, got a slice of cheesecake and had the nicest waitress who gave me a discount. I find myself more open to having conversations with people, as I don't have anyone with me - definitely the community worker in me craving the chats!
      I then walked home in a wonderful summer storm, completely soaked and concerned I was going to be hit by lightning. Made it back unscathed. I was going to go back out but got really sleepy, so I am laying on the lounge eating leftovers. A perfect night really!
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    • Day 2

      Denver: Mile high

      September 10, 2002 in the United States ⋅ 16 °C

      Rond 7,30u ontbijt op de kamer, koffie, cakes, honingkoek, banaan en een appel. (beschikbaar in de lobby van het motel)
      Om half 9 vertrokken richting Denver downtoon. Even omrijden naar de Harley Davidson shop om de eerste geschenken en uit nieuwsgierigheid.
      Wat een keuze, goed dat we zelf geen HD hebben want het aanbod is groot en lederen kleding, boots, handschoenen om van de T-shirts te zwijgen!
      Verder via Coolfax ave en Speer Bed naar het Pepsi Center waar we een parking vonden voor VIP. Op aanraden van een werkman zeiden we dat we in het center zelf moesten zijn en we parkeerden gratis.
      We wandelden via 17e street en Tremont naar State Capitol.
      Om 11,30u stapten we het Capitool binnen, juist op tijd om een tour te maken met gids, een goede gids, met een afwisseling van historie en anekdotes om alles interessant te maken. De historie vind je in alle gidsen, hier volgt een urban story: onder het Capitool is een uitgebreid gangenstelsel dienende voor verwarming en koeling. In deze gangen werkte en woonde een onderhoudsman die nooit boven kwam. De in het Capitool werkende bedienden lieten opzettelijk hun overschot van de lunches achter voor deze man. Eén keer per maand kwam hij bovengronds om zijn loon te ontvangen, dit wou hij alleen in silver dollars.
      Na ongeveer 30 ja kwam hij niet opdagen en men vond hem in een van de gangen, dood. Tot op heden is zijn vermoedelijk opgespaard loon niet terug gevonden!
      Nog één weetje: er werken vier poetsvrouwen alleen om het koper te poetsen!
      Jammer maar de dôme zelf was dicht, veiligheidsreden.
      Terug buiten rond 14u en via Civic center park, het stadhuis en de Mint naar 16th street een verkeersvrije winkelstraat. Verkeersvrij buiten een shuttle bus die alleen maar op en af rijd en gratis is.
      We kochten een echte cowboyhoed voor Dirk en de eerste postkaarten.
      Stilaan terug naar het Pepsi center en richting motel. Even gestopt aan de K markt om proviand te kopen en gepicknickt op de kamer.
      Nog een avondwandeling om enkele foto’s te nemen en naar bed.
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    • Day 3

      More Colorado

      September 12, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Even more of lovely Denver.

    • Day 1

      Denver, Co

      September 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      We had a 31 hour layover in Denver and we made the most of it. After taking the light rail from DIA we checked into our hotel and got to work finding fun. We had a full day of the following:
      Mimosa brunch
      Movie with recliners
      Manicure at 707 Nails
      Misc. shopping
      Rockies baseball game
      Sushi for dinner
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    • Day 266

      Denver, Colorado

      April 13, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      This was a 3-day/2-night trip--a short, but nice adventure.

      -Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater (nice view and fresh air)
      -Mother Cabrini Shrine (requires a 300-step hike up to the top)

    • Day 5

      Denver, CO

      June 29, 2015 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      85 degrees and sunny
      339 miles
      4 hours and 44 minutes
      1 movie about Colorado
      1 hour to wait for a burger and fries
      2 stowaway flies
      1 hotel upgrade

      Today we headed for Denver. There is a lot of fields and rolling hills in Kansas. Once again we missed some weather that was heading southeast out of Colorado. We had nothing but sun and we are ok with that. I drove the majority of the way to Denver so Paul could do a little work. I listened to my playlist for a couple hundred miles and marveled at my ability to sing songs from every genre (from rap to folk, from my youth to current day) and remember all the words. Think how many words are in a song and how many songs you know. Now go back to your academic school days....I remember nothing. They should be teaching with songs. Crazy thought. One of my favorite groups to drive to is Steve Taylor Three. It got me across the plains of Kansas. Paul didn't care much for The Peter Piper (RunDMC). Hey, I was born in Detroit and lived off 8 mile down the street from the Booby Trap.

      We stopped for lunch at this cool looking diner called I-70 Diner. We almost had to skip Denver because our food took so long. We could have gone to mass in St. Louis and then received our lunch. The food was ok but Matthew's pancakes were so good. Everyone agreed. They were different. On to Denver.

      We are now in Denver at a really nice Residence Inn Denver City Center. Great location. We got a room upgrade. Large room and nice view. We were a little taken aback by all the homeless people around. There is a nice street with stores and restaurants and homeless people. Elizabeth was uncomfortable. We didn't feel unsafe. I suppose you could say we are homeless for the time being. We are hotel hobos. "A hobo: unlike a bum or a tramp, is more than willing to work, but mostly for a short duration, as their main impetus is travel, the love of the journey above the actual destination."

      We ran around town exploring. We found the Money Museum which is free and pretty cool. The kids seemed to like it and we got a free bag of shredded money as a souvineer. We also wandered around Union Station which is a functioning train station. It is really cool inside. They have kept the old train station feel but modernized. A little Harry Potter feel. Lots of places to eat and drink. There was a big fountain for the kids to play in. They loved that.

      Tomorrow we head to Colorado Springs. We are trying to decide if we want to go the long way through the mountains or the short way. It's a big difference in driving of about 3 hours. You'll find out tomorrow
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