Sunday, July 08, 2007

Home again, home again, jiggity jog...

We made it home! On the way out of St. Louis, we decided to stop by the Union Station for some "quick" shopping. Three hours later, we were finally on the road. It's a shopping mall inside a former train station and there were a lot of shops, places to eat, history to read about and see. It was very cool, as was the entire trip. I whole-heartedly recommend a visit to St. Louis!


I have to say one of the best parts of the whole adventure was letting the kids take pictures with a "spare" digital camera. You never know what kids see from their perspective until you put a camera in their hands. Sometimes, they took pictures of the same things we did (arch, certain buildings, etc) and sometimes, the pictures surprised us (elevator buttons, street signs, themselves)... They were fascinated with taking pictures of themselves in various poses, making different faces, etc. Some of the pictures are priceless, and others left us (even the kids themselves) scratching our heads...


I strongly suggest the City Museum, though I say you go during the DAYLIGHT when you can SEE more - literally. I also suggest you wear long pants (for climbing about) and that you do not go on any scurrying about if you have a leg wound - ouch!


I don't know if things are ALWAYS this way in St. Louis, but in our experience, you should be prepared to WAIT at any dining establishment you venture into. It didn't matter if we were eating fast food (using the term very loosely) or a sit-down meal, the service was slow and generally awful. In fact, at two different places, we felt like the waitress had abandoned us - even BEFORE she took our orders. The ONLY saving grace in service was the sports grill right next to the hotel. By far, some of the best service I have had anywhere, let alone in St. Louis.... Diner beware and expect to wait... and wait... and wait...


We had a great time though, and I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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