Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meet Me in St. Louis

We attended a conference in St. Louis last week,  I knew nothing really about St. Louis and it's history. Our schedule was full from morning to evening for three days, only leaving a small amount of time for touring and sightseeing, but we enjoyed the time we had and just scratched the surface on all there is to do!


Food is always important and we had some great pasta at Charlie Gittos Downtown, such a quaint atmosphere.  We also had some very good barbecue at Sugarfire Smoke House, although when you live in Texas and have delicious barbecue anytime you want, it doesn't quite compare.  Sorry St. Louis!





On Wednesday evening we attended a game at  Busch Stadium , it just so happened the Cardinals were playing our Houston Astros!  The stadium has  a very fun atmosphere and would be a great family outing because there is so much to do.










The Old Courthouse  was absolutely stunning decked out for the 4th of July!  I learned so much, I had no idea St. Louis was such a pivotal city in the fight to abolish slavery and the crusade for women's rights.  So rich in the history of our nation.









No visit to St. Louis is complete without a visit to the Gateway Arch.  The ride to the top was a bit claustrophobic in the little pod ride, but such amazing views when you get there! 


















There is a huge amount of construction going on, including the museum under the Arch getting an update.




Even though it was 100 degrees we took a one hour river boat cruise on the Tom Sawyer and enjoyed a great view of the city from the river.







All of our sight seeing took place in less than a 24 hour period.  As it happened our hotel lost power and water the night before and as I said it was 100 degrees. We made the best of it and thankfully when we returned late afternoon all was restored and we were in major need of a shower!  (Good thing no one else was in that little pod with us!)



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