Sunday, May 30, 2010

St. Louis---WOW!

This week Jesse and I went on a road trip to check out St. Louis. I had been there once before, at a professional continuing education course, but on that trip, I spent all day in the course, and tried out my luck at the riverboat casinos at night. So I didn't really see much of the city on that trip. So we spent a couple of days trying to see as much as we could. I wish I had taken more pictures of neighborhoods and street scenes, but, given our mobility problems, we weren't able to do much walking.

We went to Forest Park, which has SO many free and interesting attractions. We toured the Missouri History Museum, which had a fascinating exhibit about Charles Lindbergh.

A unique attraction in the park is the Jewel Box, a lovely Art Deco greenhouse built by the WPA in 1936.

Jesse, of course, wanted to pose on the spiral staircase of the Jewel Box.

We took the Metrolink to the famous Arch of St. Louis. I would have liked to take some photos of the stations and platforms, but, of course, that's a big security no-no.

And, lest we forget...

Jesse took the ride to the top of the Arch, but, with my fear of heights, I was quite satisfied to explore the exhibits at the base.

As it turned out, nature provided its own impressive arch after a thunderstorm late in the day.

We took a look at some houses. St. Louis has wonderful, historical houses, with a great variety of architectural styles. Unfortunately many homes have decayed and many have been razed in some neighborhoods, but quite a few have been rehabbed. I really liked this duplex!

I'm looking forward to a return trip in the near future.