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Triple D

Travel Sonata in C-Major

DDD=Discover Downtown Denver. That’s what my hubby and I set out to do on a recent trip to the capitol city of the US state Colorado. Sprawling along the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, Denver boasts a spectacular panorama, magnificent blue skies, and plenty of sunshine all year round.
No wonder this Mile-High City it’s popular with tourists, skiing in winter, hiking in summer, and companies relocating from other parts of the United States. With a population of approx. 615,000, Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the US and supports a growing metropolitan area of almost 3 million people.

So on that glorious June day, my hubby and I put on our walking shoes and off we went to discover downtown Denver.

IMG_7335At the 16th Street Mall, riding the free shuttle along a mile-long, pedestrian promenade, we hoped on and off, exploring outdoor cafes, boutiques, and…

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Stairway to Heaven

Travel Sonata in C-Major

Do you believe in miracles? If you do, the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe needs to be on your bucket list. IMG_8193This gothic style chapel houses a helix-shaped spiral staircase that has been the stuff of legends ever since a mysterious carpenter built this Miraculous Staircase in 1877. IMG_8161
The story goes like this: In 1872 Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy commissioned a chapel for the Sisters of Loretto who had come from St. Louis across the Mississippi to establish a convent here in the Southwest.
The chapel was erected without any type of stairway to the choir loft since during that time people used ladders to get up and down. Can you imagine the Sisters in their long habits climbing a ladder?
Since chapel was too small, it could not accommodate a standard staircase. Desperate for a way to get up to the choir loft, the nuns began…

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Manitou Springs

Travel Sonata in C-Major

Gosh, I can’t believe it’s been already four months since my last entry. I apologize to my faithful readers for the delay. Well, as the saying goes, life gets in the way. And boy, it sure did. In all the busyness of these last few months, I found time to sneak away, exploring new vistas. One of the places was Manitou Springs; a Colorado mountain town nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rockies. IMG_8254
Famous for its spectacular setting and natural mineral springs, this unique community has been charming visitors right from its beginnings as a “scenic health resort” since 1872.
Before that, Native American Indians had already discovered the area’s rich mineral springs, soaking in these healing waters. Even today, these health beneficial springs are still flowing, attracting health geeks from around the globe.IMG_8238IMG_8242
Ambling through the picturesque downtown area, I was smitten. And so were my sister, and…

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