Report from the Front: Spring Break - Days One and Two
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Day one .. the drive.
After a morning of frenzied packing, and then gathering just one more thing to take along, we got the car loaded and took off for points south.
We paused at the library to return a number of things that we forgot to return yesterday (sigh), and on the way, Jess realized that NONE of her toys made it into the car.
Back to the house.
On the road by 12:30, and off to St. Louis! We arrived in plenty of time to check in, wander around and go to dinner in the restaurant downstairs.
The service was truly amazing...
but not good.
It took about ten minutes to seat us in a all but empty restaurant.
It took about another ten minutes for the server to appear to ask us if we wanted drinks. By this time, of course, we were fully prepared to order, but she was not really ready to take the order. We gave it to her anyway.
It took 20 minutes to get our drinks to us. They weren't hard... two hot chocolates (for the kids) a cosmopolitan and and Bombay Sapphire on the rocks....
Dinner took about another 25 minutes to arrive.
Once it DID arrive, it was very good!
Even dessert was good.
We did enjoy the pool... a must for any adult traveling with kids. I knit, the kids swam. All was good.
Tourism begins in earnest.
We went to the arch, toured the museum, rode the tram to the top, peered out the windows at the River and Downtown St. Louis... even bought non-Arch related toys at the gift shop.
I took no pictures. To get a photo of the arch that shows the whole arch requires a wide angle lens, of which I have none for my digital camera... and, indeed, none for my SLR 35 mm camera. To take a picture that actually shows anything from the top, .... well, lets just say there are professional photos out there, and I'm sure we can all find them. Here's a link to some pictures
to get you started....
Then, we went to the Zoo!
Here's the family, sans moi the photographer, at the entrance to the zoo.
In My St. Louis Zoo Photo Album, you'll find pictures of some very cool birds.... (including, of course, the free roving Peacock), the tiger pacing, the polar bear playing with his ball (don't you just love watching polar bears play??), the black bear lolling about, and the penguins swimming about, and the puffins (when did they get puffins??). There are also some pictures from the new butterfly dome (part of the insectorium).
The best view of the day was, of course
two lovely girls enjoying the day ... seen here on the way into the aviary.
We walked all day, and finally got tired and cold and had to go before we saw the elephants. We'll see those in Memphis..
After the zoo, we headed into University City, my old stomping grounds.
I resisted taking pictures of my old house, but we did drive around the neighborhood looking at the places I played and the houses of my friends. Then, we settled in for dinner at Blueberry Hill. I remember when Blueberry Hill opened! (ack) It's much larger now, and boasts a great menu.
After a lovely meal, we headed back down town for a turn through the pool, and some rest.
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