Yesterday was the first time that my bf and I visited St. Louis, MO together. We have been to every surrounding big city except St. Louis and I don’t know why because it really isn’t that far at all. We went yesterday because the weather was supposed to be nice and sunny, which hasn’t been the case for weeks now. It turned out to be BEAUTIFUL! I definitely got tanner, or at least redder. I go from white to red and then just develop even more freckles. Being a strawberry blonde, which is what my coworkers have decided to call this strange hair color of mine, and fair-skinned, I freckle very easily. 😉
There is so much history in St. Louis, which is why I love to go there. Ulysses S. Grant actually owned part of the 280 + acre farm there. Today it’s called “Grant’s Farm”, which was actually the homestead of the Busch family. Today, it’s owned by Anheuser-Busch and you can see the Budweiser Clydesdale Stables. We were so excited when we approach the end of our GPS destination, but disappointed when the line to enter the farm was backed up for almost a mile. We turned around and went to Union Station instead. I wish we had gone because I have some good childhood memories there.
We parked at the historic Union Station and went inside to see if an old friend of my bf was still working there. The friend owned a sandwich shop, but we weren’t sure if he still worked there. Sure enough, there he as manning the cash register after all this time. I think it had been 8 years since they saw one another. That in itself was motivation enough for us to go. It’s always good getting to see old friends (even if they aren’t my own)! Plus, we got free sandwiches, fries, and drinks. Here’s a picture of Union Station:
After leaving Union Station, we made our way to the Gateway Arch, which looked much closer than it actually was to the station. We walked there in the heat and burning sun, encountered some scary folks asking for money, and took some pictures alone the way. Here’s a picture of a statue of Ulysses S. Grant. The building in the background was really cool:
There was an air show over the Mississippi River near the Arch. We stayed and watched that for a short while and then made our way out of the sun and to a Starbucks down the road. Sadly, we didn’t go inside the arch because the line was way, way, way too long. Never go to a tourist city on a holiday, holiday weekend, or any weekend really. We’ve learned that the hard way. Here’s a cool picture of one of the planes:
We ended up going to the Missouri History Museum, which was neat. We got to see the Spirit of St. Louis and a very cool pink kitchen that any 50’s housewife would envy (actually I really wanted it). The museum is one of the best history museums I’ve been to. The exhibits were really well-made and informative.
On our way home, we wanted to eat somewhere unique to the area. I haven’t eaten at a German restaurant in awhile, even though we have one near my hometown that is AWESOME called “the Schnitzelbank.” Any trip to Dubois County, IN requires a stop at the Schnitz. Everything on the menu is awesome. St. Louis actually has a number of German restaurants and Irish pubs. We decided on the German restaurant I wrote about yesterday, called Schneithorst’s. It was very good and we had fun sitting on the rooftop in the Biergarten. Here are pictures of the front of the restaurant and the food we ordered:
To be totally honest with you, the best German food I’ve had is at the Schnitzelbank. I’ve never encountered any quite as good. 😉 Perhaps I’m just biased.
Anyway, that is our trip in a nutshell. We managed to spend practically nothing. My car does so well on gas mileage that we only filled up once there and back again (by Bilbo Baggins). Yay day trips!
Thanks for reading 🙂