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When I’m visiting back home in the Rocky Mountains, one of my favorite things to do is to drive around and stroll through the little mountain towns.

Not far from where my mom lives is the town of Bailey, Colorado. As a sidenote, Bailey is (now) the home of the Coney Island Hot Dog stand, which when I was growing up, was a bit more down the mountain in Conifer, and I would go as a girl scout on our way up to camp and do girl scout things like learning about which berries to eat in the wild and how to make a fire and how the weather works and such. Good times. I was thrilled to find it again and realize how it really is just the same… so charming…

We wandered up the dirt roads and back around for breakfast at the Cut Throat Café, a precious and affordable café with a cozy mountain touch. I sure do love my breakfast burritos. Oh, mornings in the Rockies…

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Georgetown, Colorado - De quelle planete es tu - 2Georgetown will always have a special place in my heart. The amount of times we passed it going up and down the mountain every weekend from skiing is unbelievable. Not to mention stopping at The Happer Cooker for a hearty breakfast is always a must.

What is this town, you ask? It’s a precious mining town that was founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. It is located in the first layers of the Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 8,500 feet, only a small treck westward of downtown Denver. It has a true western feel, and is filled with little antique shops and candy shops that are bound to catch your fancy.

I always leave Georgetown with a few new treasures.

The beautiful historic mining towns of the Rocky Mountains I’ve always found to be so photogenic. They are tucked between layers and layers of hills and cliffs, pine forests and rivers, with stunning little buildings and the best contrasting colors. I love the feeling of being surrounded by mountains. If you adventure off just a little bit, you’ll catch some breathtaking views, like on Old Squaw Pass.

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Pony + Glitter - De quelle planete es tu :1Earlier this summer when Louis and I were in Denver, some dear friends flew in from New York for the weekend. As our stomping grounds had only been Paris and New York in the years before, I wanted to show them a truly Colorado experience in 3 days.

Having Simon and Ryan in Denver was a bit puzzling at first. Since we had gone to school together in Paris, and had a fantastic summer in New York City, them being in my hometown was a mixture of contexts. They met my family, my friends and saw the backdrop to which I grew up.

The day started early, and we immediately headed to Tom’s Urban 24 for a beer and breakfast burrito. Yes, a beer at breakfast. We strolled LoDo and made our way to Great Divide Brewery for some tasters. After a little tour of downtown with the windows open and the music turned up, we headed West, up to Evergreen for a family barbecue. We had a lot to celebrate.

On our way up the mountain, we stopped by the Creekside Cellars Winery for a glass of local wine, with the sounds of the creeks reminding us of how busy our day had been.

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The next day we went up into the mountains. Stopped for our morning coffee in downtown Evergreen and we were on our merry way. We took the Old Squaw Pass and Juniper Pass from Evergreen to Georgetown, where our brunch destination was. The scenery made my heart melt. In Georgetown we brunched at the Happy Cooker  (where my family and I always go to breakfast on our way up skiing and tubing). The time flew by, and after a little stroll through the antique shops, we had to head down the mountain. On the drive down we passed Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Bill’s Grave which we couldn’t resist, before speeding to the airport to drop the two New Yorkers off.

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DSC_0507Last week some friends were in town from New York, an we decided to drive up to Georgetown via Old Squaw Pass. There are so many sites to see. The air here is so crisp and there is still the slight chill that winter has left in the Rockies.

We had the perfect view of Mt. Evans, one of Colorados 14ers.

With good tunes playing on the radio was trekked up and down the pass, with views of green, balding mountain tops and wildlife.

It’s nice to be home.

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