Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Seeing Red in Denver




As I strolled around Denver, Colorado, last week, I saw quite a bit of the color red. In my last post I showed all the beautiful red flowers I saw in Alamo Placita Park.  I liked the idea of the red rentable bicycles you see in the photo above, that are called Denver B Cycles. Denver B-cycle is the first large-scale municipal bike sharing system in the United States. They are located in dozens of special bike stations (B-stations) in the downtown neighborhood, as well as the Cherry Creek and Denver University neighborhoods. For a modest charge, Denver B-cycle members can pick up one of the red bikes at any B-station and when finished riding they can drop it off at any B-station. It is a very healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel.



This beautiful red brick Capital Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast is a national historically registered 1891 Romanesque Mansion located in the Capitol Hill Historic neighborhood of downtown Denver.  Built by Jeffery and Mary Keating, the Keating Mansion was one of the last Historic Homes of Denver built before the silver crash of 1893.




This former red brick church is now turned into a 2.3 million dollar luxury home. You can see a slide show of the house interior on this link.




 A bright red tartan kilt on a man I spied walking around the annual Taste of Colorado festival.





A red sculpture entitled "National Velvet" by John McEnroe, installed during a 2008 public arts program



Fred, one of my daughter's cats, in front of a red wall in her home.



My favorite reds of all were my two grandsons who were wearing red!



It was so much fun to see the boys again so soon, and I gave them lots of hugs, kisses and cuddles!




And now for the winner of the Bertolli sponsored give away from this post of set which consists of a coupon for a free Bertolli sauce product, a cavatelli maker, a cheese grater, a gnocchi board and a La Crueset Gratin dish.There were 93 comments--thank you to all who entered!  Random.org picked comment number 15. The winner is Ginny of the blog "Let Your Light Shine"!  Congratulations Ginny! 




I'm linking this post to the  weekly"Rednesday" event on Sue's blog It's A Very Cherry World. Thanks Sue! If you love the color red be sure to visit Sue's blog and see the links of all the participating blogs.


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44 comments:

EliFla said...

I love red!!!! Hugs and congratulations for your kids!!! Ciao Flavia

Ola said...

Is the National Velvet sculpture made of tomatoes?

Ann said...

Oh my goodness- that church turned into a mansion is fabulous. Our Son lives around 2 hrs from Denver, I'll have to tell him to by and take a look (NOT TO BUY). Darling boys.
Ann

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love the reds. The shot of the bikes is great~ and perfect for our Traveling Tuesdays.
I hope you'll link up!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

A little pop of red always makes me smile! The boys are just adorable Pat, but you knew that. What is the sculpture made from? I am off to look at the church turned house now..have a great day.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Lovely. Love those bikes! I've wanted to see Denver ever since I firstb heard nthe line in Sinatra's song, "Love's Been Good To me" - "There was a girl in Denver before the winter chill". It sounded so romantic! I did once make it as far as the airport there!

From the Kitchen said...

Those bicycles are a great idea. Red is such a cheerful color and you've captured a lot of cheer--especially in those darling boys. The baby has really grown!! They look like they've been showered with kisses and cuddles!!

Congratulations to Ginny!

Best,
Bonnie

Lovella ♥ said...

I am convinced that red against blue is my favorite colour combo. I love the bicycle picture. ..and was reminded that I heard something about Vancouver wanting to do that.
Your grands are darling!

Old Kitty said...

Are the furnishings included with this church turned house?!?! Oh wow!! I have to admit I'd be most wary about living in a former church (I hope there isn't a graveyard attached!??!!?) and much as the interior is beautiful - it's still very church-looking with its beams and stained glass windows. Oh wow! Oh I don't know - I guess it's only a building but my inner catholic is screaming "consecrated ground!!!" LOL! Ok, I shall move on now! LOL!

Oh yay for red bikes!!! And when you say John McEnroe, you don't mean the John McEnroe of the tennis world do you?!? Wow again!! And what exactly is the National Velvet sculpture?! Well it's Art and so the beauty of it is that it's open to interpretation I suppose!

Awww no mistaking Fred and your beautiful grandsons! Lovely!

Take care
x

Jenny said...

Wow. Love that bike idea. Did you try it? That seems so brilliant!

Love all your red pictures especially the ones of the two sweeties! oh, Pat, they are so adorable. Growing so darned quickly, though.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

You created a really interesting theme with red. Love all the photos but am having a hard time understanding why the sculpture is named "National Velvet." Your grandchildren are getting more adorable with each visit.

Barbara F. said...

Your grandsons are getting so big and are they the cutest! OMgoodness, I would go nuts with those rosy cheeks!
Love all these reds, I can't believe someone turned a church into their home. xo,

Lily Hydrangea said...

A nice bunch of Interesting reds you have here Pat!

Vee said...

Loved everything...the grands are certainly a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.! I even took the house tour...very nice...what cozy bedrooms. Oops, I lied, that sculpture reminds me of melted jelly beans. Ha!

H said...

I love the idea of the cycle hire. How useful to be able to collect from one location and drop off at another. It beats using the bus any day!

Kalyan said...

nice captures!

Kalyan said...

nice captures!

Donnie said...

You sure had me seeing "RED" with this post...lol.... Great photos and the grands are getting so big. Take care.

Riet said...

HI Pat. I love RED, gorgeous color and probably my favorite. Your grandsons are adorable . Holland is a country with millions of bikes, probably every person in my country owns one, so it is good to see that bikes get more common and used in more countries. Very good for the envirement.
Riet

Lucy aka Roeann said...

Check out the Molly Brown house, too. Interesting.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've really got us seeing RED! I love that part of the country...the sky is always so BLUE! Congrats to your winner! Hugs! ♥

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats to Ginny and thanks for the fun give-away Pat! Love the bike idea, not so sure about that sculpture... kinda looks like someone stacked all of their left over summer squash and spray painted them red:@)

Donna said...

Pat, your grandsons are adorable! I love that mansion, and the bike idea is great!

Linda said...

Love all the red!! Your Grandsons are the best though!! That sculpture looked like squished jelly beans to me!

Yvette said...

Red is my favorite color, Pat. (Well, red and green.) Great post. I love a man in a kilt. :)

Nice to see your little grandsons. Adorable.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats to Ginny.. She's a favorite of mine!!!!!

Beautiful REDS--all over Denver. But the cutest of all are those precious grandsons.
Hugs,
Betsy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thank you all for your comments! It was fun picking out the color red on my visit to Denver.

The unusual looking sculpture was made by one of Denver's contemporary artists -- I do not believe he is related to the famous tennis player :) More about the artist and sculpture can be read here:

http://www.denvergov.org/DenverOfficeofCulturalAffairs/PublicArt/RecentInstallations/JohnMcEnroeNationalVelvet/tabid/437079/Default.aspx

Ginny said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I can't wait to get the set, especially the beautiful Gratin dish, I don't have any Le' Cruset because it is expensive, but oh so beautiful! I drool over it in the kitchen store! This came at a good time, because it has been really sad around here, Phil's little brother died last night. That mansion looks like norman Bates' house in Psycho! I LOVE all your other red pictures, too!

Claudia said...

Clever posting, Pat! I love the old historic buildings. The National Velvet" sculpture brought smiles (I just see Elizabeth Taylor on a horse but what do I know). I have visited CO a number of times but clearly have not spent enough time in Denver.

Jo said...

I love red!
Congrats to Ginny
~Jo

Cindy said...

Great red stuff! I love red, it is so vibrant and alive!!!
Your grand sons are adorable.
Hugs, Cindy

Farmchick said...

Red is my favorite color! Love that kilt!

camp and cottage living said...

I love your reds. I love the bed and breakfast. I don't like the sculpture. But I thing themost adorable reds are your little guys!

LV said...

A very nice red presentation of a variety of things.

My Crafty Little Page said...

Great red pics but what the heck is National Velvet??? Looks like giant kidney beans. The grandkids are just adorable. :) Nancy

Elaine said...

Great showing of reds. I found the bike article interesting and the mansion i would like to see. Thanks for some great shares.

La Petite Gallery said...

Enjoy your visit. That man in the Kilt looks like an artist friend of mine who also is s Scott.

yvonne

mrs. c said...

I am a big fan of the color red as well. Darling kids, they are so sweet at that age! I think the bike rental idea is terrific and only wish that would happen in other large cities. I do not understand that strange sculpture???? it looks like a bunch of hot dogs?

Lesley said...

two tartan links in a row!
that church makes a magnificent home. I wouldn't even mind the attached graveyard if there were one.

Pondside said...

Great reds, Pat, especially on the two little fellows.
I love the idea of the bike co-op. Why don't all cities take this up?

Cathy said...

My son went to college in Boulder and during that time we visited Denver often. Its such a beautiful city. Love the rental bikes. I hope more cities install them. Your little grandsons are adorable, Pat.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your grandsons are adorable Pat. I bet you did give them lots of hugs.

The red bikes remind me of Europe.
Sam

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

The bikes are brilliant I have seen this idea in France, but not such great looking bikes.

Gina said...

I wouldn't mind seeing red in that way! :)
love your pics, the B&B and it's garden are beautiful as are your little grandsons! Gx