One of the most breath-taking things I saw on my recent trip was the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Boulder is sister cities with Dushanbe, Tajikistan, a former member of the Soviet Republic bordered by China, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The teahouse was built in Tajikistan, then taken apart, crated, and shipped to Boulder, where it was reassembled. The master builder accompanied the teahouse and oversaw its reconstruction.
Beautiful painted ceilings and walls, and intricately carved pillars fill the interior. A central fountain with delicate copper statues rests in the center of the main area. Ceramic panels cover the exterior.
It has become one of the most popular spots in the city, to take afternoon tea there is to enter another world, calm, serene and apart.
The sound of the creek adds to the soothing and truly beautiful aura that surrounds this special and magical place.