Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Meet me in St. Louis

This past weekend as the spring break was coming to a close we escaped East to St. Louie for some shenanigans with Ray and Kerry. After checking in to our cozy VRBO rental in the Central West End we headed off to the fanciful City Museum. This is a museum unlike any other - it was EPIC! The best way I can describe it is a giant, surreal, jungle gym for kids and adults alike. We spent hours climbing, sliding, exploring and smiling our way through the space. If you ever find yourself in St. Louis the City Museum is a must see!

Mary Climbing up out of a Tunnel
Ray, Dan and Kerry Embracing a GIANT Reptile

Ray Exploring the Cockpit of the Plane

Kerry Whizzing down the Slide

Dan climbing up the Wing of an Airplane

After all the playing and scaling we rewarded ourselves with a walk to a new brewery where I had purchased a beer tasting for us on Groupon at Alpha Brewing Company. Each couple was given 11 samples of beer - every brew they produce! Some were better than other and it was a refreshing reward after all our strenuous activity.
Many Ales were Consumed
Then we headed back to our rental, parked the car and continued our night on the town. The Block restaurant down the road from our place was recommended to us so we scooted over there for dinner then ambled further down the block to The Scottish Arms Bar where we enjoyed more libations. Then we wandered through the St. Louis University Neighborhood where we found ourselves at Humphrys surrounded by college-aged students. The boys polished off a final drink before we called it a night. The next morning we walked to brunch at Brasserie by Niche then made our way to the Basilica where we sat in awe of the astounding gold-leaf mosaics throughout the church.

This photo does NO justice to the Amazing Mosaics in the Museum
We drove through the massive Forest Park (which is nearly 50% bigger than Central Park) then enjoyed the massive Art Museum which had some great collections -  our brief tour was highlighted by the Modern Art, European Art and Egyptian Art - so much more to explore!

Modern Art
 For lunch we drove down to the Soulard neighborhood which is known for it's Mardi Gras and Bastille Day celebrations. We saw two parrots hanging out in front of one of the houses as we walked to lunch.

Colorful Parrots
 After lunch we made our way to the Schlafly Brewery where we peeked in on the brewing operations before sitting down to cheer on the Wolverines as they made their way into the Sweet Sixteen defeating Texas - GO BLUE! Then we made our way up to the Loop neighborhood where we met up with Alex, our good friend from Williamsburg. Alex is now a professor at Washington University. We enjoyed a delicious Syrian dinner at Ranoush then Alex suggested floats at Fitz's an old fashioned soda shop - how could we resist!?!

Alex and Dan with their Ice Cream Floats
It was a fantastic visit and we look forward to the next time we're in St. Louis!

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