Day 9: Denver

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July 14th 2011
Published: July 15th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

This morning woke and had breakfst whilst more closely admiring the apartment, and in particular the geniuine Picasso and Matisse on the wall. We then headed into town.

First stop was the Tattered Cover bookshop, where we pend a while sniggering at the witchcraft/horoscope/spirituality section. A short free bus trip along 16th St mall took us to the Colorado State Capitol Building and surrounding plaza. A very kind tour guide asked if we would need a translator, which was thoughtful, I guess... We also visited Denver Public Library, one of the (if not the) largest free libraries in the USA. On the top floor we located the table used in 1997 G8 summit, still with place names for 'William Clinton' etc.

A giant thunderstorm hit during the afternoon so we stayed indoors, and then headed out to a baseball game: Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers. I was excited from the start, since the Rockies share their team colours with Wimbledon. Apparently games in the Denver stadium are often high scoring, as the ball is meant to travel 10% further due to the altitude (no idea if this is true). We all got well into the spirit of things, eating
On the steps of Colorado State CapitolOn the steps of Colorado State CapitolOn the steps of Colorado State Capitol

(although they made the measurement wrong and apparently 1 mile up is a few steps higher)
hot dogs/popcorn/nachos (Colorado may be the slimmest state but that wasn't the demographic we saw tonight) and singing along to 'Take me out to the ballgame' during the 7th inning stretch and chanting with the crowd. In the end the Rockies won by miles, helped by their college boy star who was genuinely called Troy. Highlight had to be the home run, where water fountains spurted in celebration.

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Inside Capitol buildingInside Capitol building
Inside Capitol building

Amazing patchwork exhibition, and you got to vote on your favourite
Cannon ballsCannon balls
Cannon balls

The stairs had these cannon balls from the civil war on them
View from the top of the domeView from the top of the dome
View from the top of the dome

I think the building straight ahead is Colorado supreme court
Table used at the 1997 G8 summitTable used at the 1997 G8 summit
Table used at the 1997 G8 summit

In Denver public library (I'm pretending to be Tony Blair, if you can't tell)

15th July 2011

I really don't mind which patchwork quilt you chose to bring home for me!
17th July 2011

mummy dont be so silly

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