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St. Louis: Around Town September 11, 2013

Filed under: St. Louis,Travel — Kelocity @ 8:58 am
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On Labor Day, a lot of Saint Louis was closed, but we still had a jam-packed day. We started out visiting the Cathedra Basilica of Saint Louis. It has one of the largest mosaic collections in the world. In fact, it was so beautiful that Pope John Paul II deemed it a ‘Basilica’ in 1997.

We stayed for part of the mass to view the art inside the church. Very impressive and pretty.IMG_0350

Then we headed over to the City Museum. This place came recommended and we weren’t quite sure what to expect…. but it was insane.

Basically… it was Gymboree for adults. Seriously, this place is NOT for kids. It’s 10 stories of real-life ‘chutes and ladders’. Here’s Laurie climbing up the dome of the building….
Think about that… you basically end up upside down by the time you reach the top! That was too scary for me. How do these little kids do it?!


This piece was on the roof of the building and it looked innocent enough…. but halfway up, i questioned if i could go the whole way! I didn’t really have an option at that point, so up we went! Scary!!!! It was quite the workout!


There were tunnels and slides that led to underground caves and fantastical worlds. We’d enter on one side and end up on a different floor somewhere else! They don’t have maps in the museum so you have NO idea where you are going. What if you lost your child in there somewhere?!


We were SO sore after ‘working out’ in there all day. Who needs a gym?


A random tree house. ha!


I highly recommend checking this place out solely because it was just SO STRANGE! It’s mostly made out of recycled materials. The highlight is the 10-story slide, but once we got to the bottom, we couldn’t figure out how to get out and had to climb 10 flights back up to the top. it was so confusing.

Annnyways, after that fun adventure, we needed gelato. We happened upon this place and it was delicious!

Then we drove around the Bellafontaine Cemetery looking for some notable tombs. (Laurie’s idea, not mine! haha) It was really neat though. We saw the final resting place of William Clark (of the Lewis & Clark fame).

And the tomb of the Anheuser family (the founder of Budweiser).

There were lots of other pretty ones along the way too. We talked to some locals who said they had never visited there before, but it was worth the drive. A lot of history in there.1185868_10200657655903912_2054948931_n

That night, we met up with some friends we met on our Italian Contiki trip! We had some great burgers at Bailey’s Range. Great choice, food and company were stellar!

And for dessert, we HAD to try the Frozen Custard at Ted Drewes. It’s been open since 1929! It used to be a popular stop on the historic Route 66. It was SO good!

By 8:30p we were back in our hotel room heading to bed! We were exhausted! haha

On Tuesday morning, we were out the door by 8am heading to tour the Old Courthouse. The Courthouse used to be the stage for slave auctions and later made history with the Dred Scott case.

Here’s the courtroom where the case played out:



When we were done with learning about the Civil War, we headed back in time a little further and visited the Cahokia Mounds.

But first… LUNCH! Laurie wanted authentic BBQ and I wanted toasted ravioli… so we did both! First, we stopped at Pappy’s and Laurie got a really good pulled pork sandwich (apparently the best she’s ever had!)

And I finally got to grab some food from Cunetto’s. DELICIOUS!!! I got the Ravioli and some Spaghetti and Meatballs (Thank you for suggesting this, Janet!!!)

We ate in the car when we got to the mounds. They were off the beaten path and pretty fun and interesting too!


The website I linked to above has a lot of great information, but the short story about these tall mounds is this: They were handmade, built by Native Americans, in 1100AD. The land here was flat and they built small mountains little by little over 150 years. There used to be temples and houses on top of them. And some of the small ones were used as tombs. I had no idea we had ‘pyramids’ in our country! Did we learn about this in school? I don’t remember it if we did!

We watched a quick documentary about them at the visitors center and then went off to explore. Laurie made me hike to the top of the biggest one (Monk’s Mound). There were a million stairs and it was super hot, but worth the trek up for sure.


From the top, we could even see the arch! Sadly the native Americans didn’t have that view way back then.


The mounds are located close to the Great River Road too. It was in the ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die” book, so Laurie was excited to check the road off the list as well.

We pretty much did every touristy thing there is to do in St. Louis in just 2 days. We had an absolute blast. It was such a great, clean, fun town. I’m excited to go back again soon, hopefully with Adele and Irving, and explore more. Til next time, St. Louis!!


St. Louis: Forest Park September 10, 2013

Filed under: animals,St. Louis,Travel — Kelocity @ 8:15 am
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One of our ‘must sees’ on our St. Louis to-do list was to visit all the attractions in Forest Park. The park became famous in 1904 after hosting both the Summer Olympics AND the 1904 World’s Fair (aka: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition).

Most of the World’s Fair buildings no longer exist anymore (it would have been too expensive to build them for long-term use). But you can still feel the history there.
This pavilion was built decades after the World’s Fair, but it commemorates the big event. That 1904 exposition was the first time the world had seen an ice cream cone, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, Dr. Pepper, peanut butter and iced tea. <—all my favorite things!


Look! A map of the Louisiana Purchase!
More history! We were in nerd heaven!

Also in the park is the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Oh, hey Mr. Saint Louis!

We only had a little bit of time, so we grabbed a map at the front desk and set off to find all the important pieces. We got to see some Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock and Matisse.


I also saw this piece again. I think this is my 3rd time seeing this one (unless there are multiple versions of it?) It’s by El Anatsui. I like it, it’s made out of liquor bottle tops.

After our quick jaunt around the museum, we hopped back in the car to drive over to the Jewel Box. It’s an art deco greenhouse in the park.





And the last thing we did in the park was visit the Zoo! It’s free, why not! It was really hot and we were getting hungry, so we only did a quick loop around. It was a really great zoo, someday, i’ll have to go back with Adele!


Forest Park gets an A+ in my book. It’s bigger than Central Park and so beautiful and clean!


Where the Buds are Born September 9, 2013

Filed under: St. Louis,Travel — Kelocity @ 8:01 am
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Laurie and I tried to hit up all the historical sights in St. Louis while we were there….so we had to visit the Anheuser Busch Brewery. It’s not just that we wanted free beers, promise.


Anheuser-Busch has been around since 1852 and has been in fully-functioning since then (minus a few years during prohibition!) It’s now a national historic landmark!


We saw the stables where the iconic Clydesdale horses are kept. (And apparently there are 100 more at farms around Missouri too).

Then we moved into the factory where the good stuff is made.

I was impressed to learn that once the beer is finished brewing, it is usually bottled, packaged and shipped within a couple of hours. That’s fresh. Budweiser is also one of the only beers in the industry that uses rice as an ingredient. It’s the same recipe that was used since the 1800s.


What better way to end a tour than with two fresh-out-of-the-tap beers. Mmmm.

Funny story… our plan was to go sightseeing, grab lunch and THEN hit up the Budweiser tour… but when we were driving, we saw the sign for the brewery and accidentally followed it all the way to the entrance. It wasn’t until we were out of the car walking to the door when we realized it wasn’t our plan to go so early! But we shrugged our shoulders and went anyways… we were laughing so hard!


Please drink responsibly! 


St. Louis: Gateway to the West September 8, 2013

Filed under: St. Louis,Travel — Kelocity @ 11:01 am
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When Laurie found out I was visiting Indianapolis, she called me and said “wanna road trip down to St. Louis for a few days”? Answer: Yes.

EJ let us borrow her car (Thank you so much!!!) and we drove four hours out to St. Louis. It was so cool to see the Arch in the skyline greeting us as we arrived! It’s been on my bucketlist to visit here for a long time!

We got in around 5p on Sunday night and after we checked into our hotel, The Hyatt Regency. We couldn’t have asked for a better location. We could see the arch from our room, it was literally right across the street.


We dropped off our stuff and headed straight for the Arch!



The Arch was opened in 1967 and stands 630 feet tall, making it the world’s tallest arch.  It’s also America’s largest man-made monument. It symbolizes America’s Westward Expansion and the Louisiana Purchase (which effectively doubled the size of the United States).

Laurie and I were furiously reading information on our phones the entire time we were in St. Louis. We had forgotten what the Louisiana Purchase even was… and one click led to the next and soon we were excitedly reading about Lewis and Clark, the Civil War and the Oregon Trail. haha Two geeks on vacation. That’s what you get!

It’s amazing how much history you forget until you visit the places in the text books. Suddenly it all clicks and makes sense… and it actually becomes exciting. Living History. I’m a fan.
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A couple days later, we visited that old courthouse in the picture behind us here… but I’ll get to that later! More history!

We bought advanced tickets to go up inside the arch the next day. We got the first tram up and avoided the lines. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the little tram cars are like ferris wheel cars.

It was fun to see the Mississippi river from up there…

…and the beautiful city below it.

We wanted to go to a baseball game, but they were out of town when we were there =(




Kieffer’s my Hero January 30, 2012

Filed under: Television — Kelocity @ 10:18 pm
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I used to watch ‘Teen Mom’ and ‘16 and Pregnant’ all the time. Now, I don’t have cable, so sadly that train wreck of a show no longer graces my television, but my sisters keep me up to date on what’s going on.

Anyways… My sister posted this picture of her boyfriend, Chris last week and I almost died laughing. SO FUNNY!

Just had to share!


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