Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Are Throne Beds Really Necessary?

For Christmas, we made the bold move of leaving metropolitan Denver for the first time since our move here and headed to Colorado Springs.  It was a great destination since there is a lot to see and do there.  The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed the sights. 

As a treat, we spent Christmas night at a five-star hotel, which was way too ostentatious for our taste.  Everything, including our throne bed pictured above, was just too much.  The place was pretty in a very fussy way, but, as Barry pointed out to me, five-stars leaves no room for improvement - it should be perfect.  And the service really left a lot to be desired.  At dinner, we had to almost tackle a busboy to ask for some water after we sat at our table unnoticed for quite some time.  But the staff there has definitely been taught how to apologize with the best of them.  Before you can say "Italian renaissance", some staff member is telling you how sorry they are that you were kept waiting.  I couldn't help but think that if they used all of the time that they spent apologizing actually serving their customers, it would probably work out better.

We stopped at the beautiful Air Force Academy and saw the iconic chapel above.  The setting and the building were breathtaking.

Garden of the Gods was equally beautiful.  This is something that I've wanted to see for a long time, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

So really a great trip for Christmas, but the nagging question still remains: are throne beds really necessary?  I think not.

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