Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs has a lot to offer visitors. There is Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, and Manitou Springs, just to name a few. Downtown Colorado Springs has much to offer as well, with many restaurants to suit a variety of tastes plus the Pioneer Museum, Colorado College, and the Fine Arts Center. We decided to spend a couple of days downtown to enjoy many of the things that this small city has to offer.

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Pioneer Museum
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Walking Tejon Street
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One of the Many Statues Downtown

Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state, but it isn’t a large city by any means. It still has a historic feel and wonderful views as it sits at the base of Pikes Peak. One thing you can’t help but notice when walking around the downtown area are all of the statues that can be found on almost every block. One of the more interesting statues was of a western couple dancing that actually spins in a circle mimicking the motion of the dance.

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More Modern Buildings
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Dancing Statue
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Historic Buildings

We stayed at the Mining Exchange, which is a Wyndham Hotel and is centrally located in the heart of the downtown area. A block away is Tejon Street, which is the main street to find small boutique shops and many different restaurants. We popped into several of them, but one of our favorite locations was Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub, which has live Irish music on Thursdays and Sundays. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours, having a pint and listening to some authentic folk music.

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Inside of the Mining Exchange
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Downtown Shops

Colorado Springs is a perfect location to launch your Colorado adventures as it provides easy access to the heart of the mountains and is centrally located in the state. It is also the home to the United States Olympic Center and proudly calls itself Olympic City, USA. With so many places to visit near the heart of the city, it can be busy during the heart of the tourist season, which is from May to September. We are happy to call this city home, but don’t always explore it as often as we should.

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Colorful Building
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Downtown Clock
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Mountains in the Background

 

Daily Post Photo Challenge – Shine

Bright objects can definitely draw your attention, especially when looking through the lens of a camera. For this week’s photo challenge, shine, we decided to use a photo that might seem a little whimsical. These pictures were taken from our hotel room in Denver during one of our visits. It is a photo of the large blue bear looking into the windows of the convention center. He seems to be the one drawn to the shining lights inside of the convention center as well as to the activities going on inside. It was dusk when we took the photo, so the lights from inside the building were lighting up his silhouette.

Longing to Join
Longing to Join
A Closer View
A Closer View
Sunset from Our Room
Sunset from Our Room

 

From Flowers to Clowns

This week, for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Red and Yellow, we decided to use this photograph of a flower from our backyard taken by our youngest daughter several years ago.  Red and yellow are such complimentary colors that you see them combined quite often in nature.

Gorgeous Flowers
Gorgeous Flowers

Don’t scroll down and look at this next picture if you have a fear of clowns or, worse yet, a fear of evil clowns.  This was actually a decoration in our front yard for Halloween one year.  Despite the fact that he is a little spooky, he is very colorful.

Scary Clown
Scary Clown

On a happier note, Lumiere standing on top of a red and yellow parade float is more likely to put a smile on your face.  In the end though, we liked the flowers more than the other photos.

Lumiere on Float
Lumiere on Float