Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sisters in St. Louis

My sister and I are celebrating our birthday month. We decided to get up early last Friday, drive to St. Louis, and go to the Gateway Arch. While Mary has been to St. Louis, I had not. It was the first time to the arch for both of us. The drive is about 5.5 hours each way. 

The first stop was at a mom and pop diner in Corning for breakfast. I have to admit that we were a little excited for a diner breakfast. We were disappointed. Everything was beige, and it tasted just as bland.

 We drove by this abandoned building, and I may or may not have made a u-turn and driven in the wrong direction to get back for this photo.

 Does anyone know what this is? There were two metal boxes on poles near the discarded building. It looks as if there may have been gas pumps between the poles at one time. Maybe the boxes held window cleaner. Any guesses?

Walking up to the arch was pretty exciting for me. The tree lined walk along the Mississippi River was delightful. The temperature was mild, and there was a slight breeze. We couldn't have asked for a better day to spend together.

 The obligatory pictures of the capital and Busch Stadium from the tiny windows at the top of the arch.

Walking away, I had to get another shot with a sunburst. 

We drove through several great neighborhoods. We were surprised to see so many abandoned and burned out buildings. I could envision many of them being renovated into fabulous flats. I could live in this beauty.

 This is a small portion of the Soulard Farmer's Market.

Remember these little boxes from THIS post? We filled more boxes and dropped them in various places on this trip too.

There was a variety of charming shops and homes in the Soulard neighborhood. We deposited a treasure box on the arm of a chair outside this adorable spot.

 The back side of The Porch shop. It's cute on all sides. The flowers on the front and side were lovely.

 The homes had so much charm and character.

We also visited Union Station mall, and the Benton Park neighborhood. Dinner was a stop in Poplar Bluff. It was an enjoyable and silly 23.5 hour trip. (I am NOT posting the video of us dancing in the car on the way home.) Also noteworthy is the fact that neither of us actually died from laughing so hard, but it was touch and go.

Now we are trying to pick a destination for our next outing. We want to stay within a 5-6 hour drive from the Little Rock area.  Any suggestions?

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