Stepping Out in Boulder

by Susan on October 19, 2009

PearlHave you ever noticed how even a quick trip away can clear out your mental cobwebs and get your creative juices flowing? I have been In Boulder, CO for the last few days, seeing my beloved daughter and meeting with some very cool people and talking about raw food. Boulder is an extremely unique place. It was described to me yesterday as 6 square miles, and then there is the rest of the world. I have to agree. That said, I love Boulder. It is a very unique place with interesting people. Since I am traveling, and not in the kitchen, I thought I would share a few reasons why I love Boulder so much.

Street VendorFirst of all, there is Pearl Street. It is a microcosm of the world. I remember my first stroll down Pearl, 7 years ago. Not only did I hear people speaking at least 5 different languages, the conversations were so interesting. One girl was telling her friend about growing up in a kibbutz with her parents. Another discussing shopping last weekend in Manhattan. You run the full spectrum here.

Yesterday, it was 80 degrees. The sun was out, bright and warm in the higher altitude. Last week they got a foot of snow. People were out doing their thing, expressing themselves and enjoying the day. It was homecoming weekend and I always get a kick out of seeing the parents with their kids.  It isn’t often that you can take a stroll and see a multitude of grown children walking side by side with their parents. It is interesting to see and how genetics can express itself through generations.

Shop-Exterior

The shopping is plentiful and creative. I find more interesting things on Pearl than in the whole city of Minneapolis. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but not by much. Two Sole Sisters has a great collection of shoes and also an impressive business profile. In their words, “At Two Sole Sisters we believe everyone must participate philanthropically and therefore we dedicate a portion of our proceeds and resources to a wide variety of non-profit organizations. We host fund raising events and partner with local organizations to support our community.” Imagine if every business had that kind of dedication.

Shop Interior

My favorite bookstore is on Pearl Street. Thankfully, my daughter reminded me that I am flying and might not want to stock up right at the moment.  The Boulder Bookstore is an amazing place. You enter into a labyrinth of floors and subject areas that seems to go on forever, each big enough to be a small bookstore in itself. It has an impressive collection of titles. I spend hours there just browsing the shelves and often come face to face with books that I can otherwise only find on line.

BookstorePearl Street is one of Boulder’s gems. It is one of the many things that I love here. The shops, restaurants (which I haven’t even touched), and people watching are unparalleled. You can even talk to a statue on your way home. Pearl is great. That being said, I have just scratched the surface on why Boulder is such a cool place to hang. cowboy

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Pam October 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

My hubby and I visited Boulder a few years ago and we loved it! Thank you for the photo’s…beautiful! Have a great trip!

VeggieGirl October 19, 2009 at 11:10 am

My mom was just in Boulder!!

Fruitfulvine2 October 19, 2009 at 11:12 am

Looks like a place I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing this on Twitter.

Wind4me October 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

You capture the essence of what makes us LOVE this city………the Wackiness, the Quarkyness……….U can wear a costume to the grocery store (organic OF COURSE) and nobody says a thing………..maybe your daughter can send ya some pics of the Naked Pumpkin Run!

Caleb October 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I LOVE Boulder. Pearl Street Mall is one of the best parts too! Glad you had a good time. Did you happen to check out the juice bar at Whole Foods there? Our one in Dallas doesn’t have one so it was a real treat when I had one there.

Felicitas October 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Boulder sounds like a wonderful place to visit/live. I love Two Sole Sister’s business philosophy! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

pure2raw twins October 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm

So jealous that you are in Boulder. I have been there once and LOVED IT! I thought it was a beautiful place and would love to visit more often. Glad you are enjoying your trip.

Eco Mama October 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Yaaaay! Oh I love strolling along Pearl Street. Lucky You! Thank you for sharing.
xo
Eco Mama

joanna October 20, 2009 at 8:36 am

Sounds like tons of fun! Wish I was with you!
:D

Mary Turtle October 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Glad you are having such a good time, but I miss you and our long phone calls. Will be so nice to have you back home again!

Bette October 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I lived in Boulder for 8 months. I too lived the pearl!!! The last week i was there, I went to Pearl and danced on “band on the Bricks” night. It was awesome!!! Did u see my heart there? I left it there and have been wanting to get back.

Susan October 20, 2009 at 7:16 pm

It must be with mine!

Ross LaRocco October 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Boulder is the main place I want to go when I plan my trip to Colorado hopefully before the end of the year. This is definitely a retweet!

Carol G. November 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Boulder is the home where we have our rawlucks. It is a great place. Our Farmer’s Market is incredible!!!!!!!

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