"Darling, let's go somewhere. . ."


"Okay, where do you want to go?"


"Um, I was thinking somewhere a bit closer. . ."

"How does Denver sound?"

I have to admit that when my husband told me he had a seminar to attend in Denver and invited me along, I wasn't exactly thrilled.  I guess it has never been very high up on my list of places to visit and I sort of begrudgingly agreed.

  Then he said he didn't want to check any luggage and I almost told him to count me out. . .that alone can give a vintage clothing gal heart failure.  I mean, they used to bring steamer trunks with them!  And all I'm allowed is this tiny excuse for a suitcase on wheels?  With a weight limit?   My train case alone weighs 25 lbs!

Once the shock wore off, and I did a bit of exploring on~line about Denver, I decided I wouldn't worry so much about not being able to bring my whole closet, and focus on the amazing city I was about to spend three days in.

Such as:

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The Brown Palace Hotel

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Where I found this gentleman tickling the ivories in the lobby of this luxurious, old world style hotel. . .glamorous & elegant. . .gracious & refined. . .

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Even the phones are elegant. . .

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Inside the historic State Capitol Building. . .stunning,

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Is this Versailles or Denver?

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A stroll through Civic Center Park reminded me of this great vintage film scene:

Oooooh, look, a bookstore!!

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Welcome to The Tattered Cover Bookstore. . .

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Filled with lovely old maps. . .

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A cafe'

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And three floors of wonderful, wonderful books!

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Onto Larimer Square

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Where I discovered

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A quaint French Restaurant

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called "Bistro Vendome"

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Amazing boutiques filled with lace frilled frocks. . .

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The lovely  "Victoriana~Antique & Fine Jewelry"  establishment where I enjoyed a delightful conversation with shop clerk Kaid. 

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Had the pleasure of meeting "Ferocious Fiona"~~mascot of "Equipment de Vin"~~a lovely little shop filled with wonderful french table and wine wares.

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And finished the day with a magnificent dinner at

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After deciding I would need to acquire a taste for the infamous "Caipirinha" cocktail, my waitress graciously replaced it with a cool, refreshing Mojito. . .just what this tired tourist needed!

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Denver architecture 

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While a very modern, high-tech city, there is an air of old world beauty to many of the buildings we strolled by. . .

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I even managed to find an empty store front that would be marvelous for "The Red Velvet Shoe"~~if we lived in Denver, that is!

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So while I wasn't the glamorous traveler I would have liked to have been, I did have a wonderful time in Denver!




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