|The Flatiron Mountains from the beautiful drive between Golden and Boulder|
It's been another busy week, driving back and forth between Golden, Boulder, and the Denver International Airport. We've made more than one 'wild goose chase' trying to take in some open houses. Home prices were somewhat shocking, considering they were nearly double what we encountered in Phoenix. And, while we did find one model patio home in Broomfield had a good deal of appeal, we were informed that there is a waiting list with a clear indication nothing would be ready for at least a year. So we're more than discouraged at this point.
Sunday, April 23rd, we decided to grab breakfast out at the nearby Denny's and drive into the city to attend the 12:30 p.m. mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. We allowed ourselves plenty of time because we had read that parking was limited and the neighborhood was not the best. The website left some confusion around parking with an indication we could park at 'Hall' weekends only. So, while the basilica was difficult to spot due to being almost completely encapsulated in scaffolding, the parking lots across the street indicated 'no free parking any time,' so we drove around the corner and parked along the street.
It was a beautiful day. The trees were beginning to turn from buds to leaves, and the State Capitol Building's dome, among some other interesting structures, was visible along our walk. With the exception of a homeless man sleeping in an alleyway, we did not find the surrounding area at all uncomfortable. We crossed the street, walked beneath the scaffolding entered into a French gothic work of phenomenal beauty. The 75 stained glass windows are considered not only to be the most in any church in the United States, but of the finest quality. Our cell phone cameras did not really do justice to the interior, and the scaffolding undoubtedly affected the amount of light getting in through the stained glass.
To see the Basilica without scaffolding or to learn more about its history and architecture, the website is http://www.denvercathedral.org
|Valerie & Yasmine in Golden|
|Table Mountain Downtown Golden|
|Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater|
|Cut out rock entrance into Red Rocks Park in Morrison, CO|
|Amphitheater at Red Rocks Park (Downtown Denver visible upper left)|
|Scenic Red Rocks Park|
|Beautiful sunset at Red Rocks Park|