Monday, April 4, 2022

A Day in Boulder at the Dushanbe Teahouse.

 


The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is located at 1770 13th Street along Boulder Creek in the Central Park area of Boulder. Completely built by hand without the use of power tools, the teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship. You can read the entire history of how the teahouse came about on this link. The teahouse has become one of the city's most attractive and popular tourist destinations, as well as a place locals enjoy for good food, tea, and atmosphere.



An informational plaque is right outside the front doors.



Our drive up to Boulder is always a pleasant one as we pass beautiful open space scenery.




The Boulder Flatiron Mountains are always a focal point.




In Boulder, we saw a beautiful view of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains from Arapahoe Ave. 





The hand-painted intricate ceiling design of the teahouse is exquisite!  There are also 12 intricately carved cedar columns, no two are alike. In the central pool of the Teahouse, there are seven hammered copper sculptures created by artist Ivan Milosovich. The life-sized sculptures are based on a 12th-century poem, “The Seven Beauties.” 






The ceiling of the Teahouse was carved and painted with intricate patterns traditional of Persian Art.




It is hard not to keep staring up at the ceiling as the colors and designs are so vibrant. 
The artists' names are carved into the ceiling




Intricately carved plaster panels, by Kodir Rhakimov, demonstrate the ancient art of Persian Ganch. Each tile is hand-carved from a special plaster.





Some of the tables are Persian lounging style, where one would remove their shoes and sit on the cushions with their legs folded underneath. The rest of the tables and chairs were conventional.



There is a large selection of teas and herbal teas.  

We were there for lunch.




My husband and I shared Thai Shrimp Cakes with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce as an appetizer.  I had Spicey Indonesian Peanut Noodles and my husband had the Steak Bahn Mi Sandwich with Fries. I tried the Rocky Mountain Mint Herbal Tea.  Everything was delicious!





After lunch, we took a walk around the park that is across the street from the front of the teahouse. The grass is beginning to turn green in many spots and the trees are just beginning to bud. Spring is definitely in the air!


On our drive home on CO 93, some rain clouds began to gather, and as you can see the higher elevations still had some lingering snow on them.



This sky view almost did not look real!  The layers of fast-moving clouds were very dramatic to see. All in all, it was a wonderful day. We are still being careful as much as possible, but it felt good to be able to go out and engage in normal activities again after strict pandemic restrictions and social distancing. Now we are looking forward to doing more as the weather improves and outdoor activities become available. I hope your April has also begun on a pleasant note!

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37 comments:

Angie said...

Pat - now that is quite a teahouse! I agree with you that the color and designs are quite mesmerizing. Perhaps, only outmatched by the skies you saw on the way home! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

diane b said...

Wow the patterns and carvings are amazing. How nice to be able to have lunch there.It looked delicious.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat,
What a beautiful Teahouse! I love the landscapes, beautiful views of the mountains. Take care, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What an amazing tea house! I would love to visit there. Your views from your drive are stunning.

Barbara R. said...

A beautiful building! I visited it in 05 when visiting with my son. Later he lived in Boulder as a post-grad student. Many of my friends attended UC-B...a great place, they all say. Loved that sky photo!

Handmade in Israel said...

You saw such beautiful scenery en route to the teahouse and then lunch in the teahouse - what a treat! It is am magnificent building - I'd rather fancy some Peanut Noodles too!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

The tea house is beautiful with all the details and colors. Amazing post with so many wonderful photos.

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

Esos paisajes son maravillosos. También me ha gustado el diseño y las decoraciones de la casa de té.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It was one of the first things G&L took us to see the first time we visited (and when they were very new residents of the State). That was a long time ago -- even before we owned a digital camera or had a blog! We need to go back. Loved the memories your beautiful pictures brought.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Wow, with that kind of intricate beauty around, I might forget to eat.

stevebethere said...

What a beautiful place and so colourful and elegant and don't start me off with that lovely food :-)

Have a teahousetastic week 👍 ☕

Hena Tayeb said...

Wow that tea house is beautiful.
But that scenery.. wow.. stunning. Need to visit Colorado soon.

Lydia C. Lee said...

What a great post! How beautiful is the teahouse!

Janice said...

What a treasure! Did the menu have any dishes that reflect the region where the teahouse was built?

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wow what a beautiful place to enjoy tea or a small meal. You have a plethora of wonderful places to visit near you.

Lowcarb team member said...

The teahouse looks amazing, and your food delicious.

Those skies are wonderful aren't they.

Enjoy the week ahead.

All the best Jan

Rambling Woods said...

Wow...how nice is that and so beautiful.....Michelle

Linda said...

I love the places you go and the things you see! And I love that you share them with all of us!!

Lorrie said...

What an amazing story the tea house tells. Such beautiful details and intricate patterns reflect a very different culture than that of Colorado! Such fun to visit and enjoy.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Absolutely always look up! What an incredible place for tea, especially seeing the snowy but heading into Spring photos from your lovely part of the world, it's still nice to have a warming cuppa!
Have a great week Pat.
Wren x

Crafty Green Poet said...

Beautiful mountain scenery and an amazing tea house, that would make up a perfect day out for me! Lovely photos!

Jeanie said...

I have actually BEEN there! (My friend lives in Boulder). Isn't it beautiful? I'm so glad you shared photos because believe it or not, I never took any. (And they wouldn't be so good; cameras that day weren't quite as flex as now!). I love the background of it and oh, that ceiling. Biggest smiles. Thank you for the memories!

Claire Justine said...

So many beautiful photos, I would love to visit :)

Joanne said...

Oh wow; that is just incredible! And to think it was all disassembled and shipped and reassembled. It sounds like a lovely outing.

Tom said...

...an ornate place in a gorgeous setting.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I think I lost my earlier comment. An ad covered it and then it was gone. I love seeing the photo of the sky! That is incredible!

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Wow ! Your photos are fabulous and the subjects are so interesting. Thank you for sharing them.

NCSue said...

Oh wow! What an incredible place - inside and out!
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/04/a-few-more-botanical-drawings.html

William Kendall said...

Beautiful architecture and landscapes.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I'd almost forgotten how beautiful your Colorado mountains are. Just stunning! (oh, and your skies too).

Christinemitch81 said...

That was a very pretty setting. Thank you for sharing your photos.

ellen b. said...

Oh boy! That tearoom is a treasure for sure. So detailed and those intricate patterns and carvings are fun to see. Lovely.

Jim said...

Looks great.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That teahouse is sublime!! Such a treasure to have.

I also love your photos of the countryside. Yes, spring is coming!!

Einari Sinappi said...

I love the 5th pic. Fantastic vista and great shot!

Light and Voices said...

Greetings and Salutations! What beautiful ceilings in the tea house. It must have been a very pleasant experience for you and your husband to partake of tea there. Colorado is soooo beautiful with the majestic mountains, snow and things to do and see. You are lucky enough to live in that state. Enjoy.

My Tata's Cottage said...

Simply lovely tour of a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing with us. It is always a lovely drive into Boulder. It is nice to see you here. I have been thinking of many bloggers from my early days. It is nice to see you still here too. Happy Easter to you and yours.