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... chat with the locals.
So Wednesday was a big day for me. Some of you may know that when I was little, my family lived in the USA in a city called St Louis. It is located halfway up (and I guess halfway down) the Mississippi River, pretty much smack bang in the middle of the country. I got a bit of a thrill at seeing the skyline of the city, which includes the unmistakable Arch in the centre. Through some of dad’s old work connections, ...
... on the river. One guy told us that the river has dropped over 4 feet in the last couple of weeks due to lack of rain, but they've had good rain upstream (5 inches) so the level will rise in the days to come.
The Captain we spoke to has always worked on the river, as has his father, also a Captain. We hit the road again and followed the scenic route through many small villages. We stopped at one place to buy stamps for our postcards and one of the blokes was a twin for our mate ...
... salad and I ordered crumbed macaroni cheese, look at the photo.. oh my goodness that's not at all what I expected but it was good.. The Hot chocolate had filled me up so much but also warmed me up which is why I ordered it so no I didn't finish my lunch but I did have some room for a glass of red wine with it .. of course! So full I can hardly move but we head off to find a suitcase, we found Macys and quickly managed to find exactly what we wanted, we even got a discount for ...
... Our next stop was the Old City court house which was fascinating and learned all about the slave trades and the Dred Scott Case.
We jump on a city trolley (bus) and seen a bit more of downtown assisted by our friendly driver.
Dinner stop was at a nice steak house which was lovely.
Today before leaving St Louis we went to visit the zoo. it was a very nice morning and seen loads of animals and even took a wee train ride.
Set of for Springfield Missouri about 3pm.
We are finishing up on our second day in St. Louis and we are more than halfway through our trip!
In St. Louis we...
- toured the Anheuser-Busch brewery
- visited and went to the top of the Gateway Arch (yes, even Nick!)
- took a boat tour on the Mississippi River
- visited the Cahokia Mounds, the largest prehistoric settlement in North America