I took some time to wander around and check out downtown Boulder. It's a small city, but there's a lot of good stuff going on. It's a very foodie town, which is right up my ally.
After a quality lunch at Salt, it was off to drift around and explore and fight off the post-prandial siesta.
They have a really interesting art-deco courthouse- there was a few stylish building like this that made it seem more like Miami Beach aesthetically. The courthouse was pretty much the highest point in the skyline, so there's lots of sun and open spaces on the streets.
A great find was the Dushanbe Teahouse. It's a gift from Tajikistan, and it sits peacefully right on Boulder Creek. Inside, it's all ornately carved and painted. Outside, there are lovely rose gardens. I had a wonderful cup of earthy Puerh by the creek. It was blissful.
There's a bike path and trail that runs alongside Boulder Creek. The water is cold and clean- there were tons of people wading, fishing, swimming, tubing, and rafting down the creek. Boulder has excellent mass transit, bike paths and walking space all over the city.
There was a road race going on. These were mile sprinters.
They had a great farmers market downtown on Saturdays.
The market was set up right in front of the teahouse and that seemed to be the heart of the city.
There were musicians and dancers on every corner. It was incredibly vibrant.