Travel Guide For Life;

Travelers' Trifles or What I See From Mountain To Sea by M.A.C.

Manitou Memorial Park has a Park and Ride lot next to it. You can park there and use Colorado Springs City Bus Route #3 to reach Old Colorado City and Colorado Springs. Or, you can hop on the Free Shuttle Bus that will take you to either Cog Railway Depot (which you will choose to ride up to the summit of Pikes Peak), or to the Barr Trail Trailhead (which you will choose to HIKE up to the summit of Pikes Peak), or to the Manitou Incline Trailhead (see my video page for MY hike up Manitou Mountain). This photo was taken on the Free Shuttle Bus. I also used the City Bus route #3 from Downtown Colorado Springs to first arrive at the Manitou Memorial Park to catch the Free Shuttle Bus. The city buses cost $1.75 and a bus transfer is available for using multiple routes.

Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs is very close to Manitou Incline. You can walk through the castle for free or you can have High Tea here for $45. The castle was built around 1895-1900 for Father Jean Baptiste Francolon and his mother. He was a french born catholic priest. The Sisters of Mercy ran a Montcalm Sanitorium here so the 14,000 feet of the property was not for only the priest and his mother. It is now managed by the Manitou Springs Historical society. High Tea is held in The Queens Parlor Tea Room and the staff members dress up in period costume. The castle has lovely garden areas with benches. I could have taken as long as I wanted to wander around and take photos but I took only four photos here.

This is the Old Colorado City Public Library. It is an Andrew Carnegie library that was opened in 1905. Almost half of the libraries in USA are known as Carnegie libraries because they were built with money donated from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. The library in this photo is one of the 2,509 libraries in the world that were built by the foundation and they exist in about 15 countries, especially USA, Canada, UK and Ireland; Andrew Carnegie was Scotish.