I've been one on one with nature...
...Now it was time to face the Concrete Jungle
I had a lot of issues navigating around town last Saturday, which probably makes it a good thing that Jeremy and I took the Lightrail to downtown Denver.
Jeremy told me to meet him at the Lightrail station at Peoria and Parker, and me, being stubborn, decided to try to get there without directions. That didn't work out too well. I ended up going the wrong direction on Parker. Then I got myself turned around and found the Lightrail station, but thinking there was an entrance on the Parker side, I passed the station, had to go all the way down to the next exit on Parker and turn around. It was fun. Not.
I ended up getting an awesome parking spot at the station, right on the first level and met Jeremy by the ticket dispensers. We hopped on the Lightrail and began our journey to Downtown Denver.
I didn't take as many photographs on this trip as I have on other adventures, mostly because we were in shop after shop and I didn't feel like taking photographs of all of the drunk people dressed in green for the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
We meandered our way through 16th Street Mall, which is a really beautiful part of downtown. I mean, it's built for the tourists, so it kind of has to be beautiful, right?
On our stroll, we came across this sign, and being a Wisconsin/Minnesota girl, I had to take a photo of it.
In Wisconsin, we sell these shirts that say "Please drink Wisconsinably". Now I want a shirt that says "Please Cheese Wisconsinably". Yes, we really do love our cheese in Wisconsin.
We moved on from the sign and ended up checking out a candy store where I got a 4-pack of flavored sodas and Jeremy got his own 4-pack and some candy. We ended up going to a second candy store that smelled amazing, but I ended up not getting anything there, as tempting as their candy underwear was (totally kidding).
Jeremy took me to the Union Station which is a gorgeous building with these adorable little shops, Amtrak, and a giant sitting and eating area. We each got an iced coffee and happily slurped them down outside in the sun while watching these kids try to play cornhole.
After we drank our iced coffees we headed over to the Tattered Cover, an amazing bookstore that I would LOVE to return to one of these days. I didn't get anything, mostly because I was on a budget, but I will definitely return there and pick up a few books.
I was on a mission to find a green, work appropriate shirt, to wear on Saint Patrick's Day, so we stopped at this shopping center on the mall. A mall on the mall? Hmm...
I thought the giant sprawling letters in red above this shopping center that let you know you were in Denver were pretty cool (Note - I really hope you know what city your in if your wandering around the streets of it):
At some point on our journey after the mall on the mall, we walked passed this caricature artist. It was peculiar to me that he had no one sitting in front of him to draw, so I'm not 100% sure who is model was, but loved that he was expressing his art in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.
We ended up eating lunch at The Melt, the small burger joint that told me to cheese responsibly. I couldn't help myself. It wasn't amazing, but it wasn't bad either, especially for the price, and they certainly have a unique menu.
While waiting for Jeremy at the Lightrail Station, the sun was beginning to go down and the lights on the mall began to light up. It's absolutely gorgeous the way they decorate the mall with the stringed lights and the old-fashioned street lamps.
We hopped on the Lightrail and headed on back. I had a lot of fun, and would love to revisit downtown and explore beyond 16th Street Mall (and go back to the Tattered Cover).
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