Fairfield Inn St. Louis Fairview Heights
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... they make us feel so very much at home, and we enjoy our time with Kathy and Gary and the extended family.
On our last night (Labor Day night), we had the added excitement of a tornado warning just as we were all going to bed (Gary was asleep already!) - so we gathered down in the basement for a half hour - no harm, no foul!
... as by the Thames, the banks are littered with power stations, grain silos and derelict edifices but the mighty Mississippi at a mile wide was worth the lack of sophistication and trendy apartments we are used to at home. And I did get to ride a paddle steamer (if engine driven). St Louis boasts the third most visited botanical gardens in the world and the oldest in the US. Founded by an ...
We had a really nice day taking our time getting to St. Louis today. It was just under 300 miles from Springfield but we planned several stops to get the most out of the journey.
Our first stop was in Marshfield MO where Edwin Hubble spent some of his boyhood days. To commemorate this they have a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope on display in front of city hall. It's a nice display and the boys, ...
... flat humid Florida. Alex even commented about how green everything was.by this point we watched some movie, no, I didn't peek, that would be dangerous. We passed through Nashville, then into Kentucky. We stopped for a wonderful dinner consisting of pancakes and French fries. I know, we are working on the healthy stuff. I'm snacking on granola as I type. Oh, and I must include, the top was down on the jeep and the sun was shining, :) On to Illinois. Other than ...
... but they didn't have the funds to maintain the ruins properly. We enjoyed seeing some of the sites but how many poor, graffiti-ridden buildings can you see before you just feel horrible for gawking?? I actually felt bad at how hard they were working to impress us and yet I still felt uncomfortable in most of their surroundings. I am a spoiled American.
*We will save our money and visit Venice, Italy or St. Petersburg, ...