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North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis January 19th 2015

Shortly after settling in we were lucky enough to have Martin Luther King Jr public holiday. Even more lucky is the US Army’s policy that where possible, all Army personal are to enjoy an additional day off whenever there is a long weekend (so if there is a Friday public holiday, US Army also takes the following Monday as free leave….job dependent). Fortunately my work encourages personnel to take that additional day off…..I don’t need to be told twice!! With a double long weekend we decided to head to St. Louis (pronounced Saint Lewis) which is renown for its giant arch and being the ‘Gateway to The West’. During our previous time in the US, it had never even been on our radar to visit, but with it being a short 4.5 hour drive down the ... read more
The Zoo
Monkeying around
Family Selfie

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis December 1st 2014

Geo: 38.6276, -90.199Last Tuesday I awoke my sleeping husband mid-afternoon and told him if I didn't get to feeling better, I was cancelling our trip to China. His response... he was going to China by himself and getting a ho. I didn't waiver in my stance. It only took a few moments for him to realize that I was "really sick." Really sick doesn't cover it for me. Let's just say I will always remember the week before our China trip as the week I learned why they make Depends and other terrible things the flu can do to your body. I am so thankful to be feeling good today.Tonight we are in the Mehlville/Arnold, MO area ~ home of my nephew, his wife, and their beautiful daughter. It's a nicer area of St Louis basically. ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis November 7th 2014

Geo: 38.5776, -90.4245 Digital Scrapbook Thought you might like to peruse through the digital scrapbook I just completed on our trip. BackI always like to save the last page of my blog for some retrospective thoughts. I will be adding to this page over the next few weeks, mainly with information for those considering this or other similar trips. Things to Pack for Spring Visit (Sept-Nov)Bring a little bit of everything. We had snow. Rain. Temperate. Hot. Humid. It was colder and snowier in Bariloche than we had anticipated for mid-spring. It was also cooler and not quite as humid as promised at Iguazu. Our temperatures ran from 32 to 88 degrees F; two weeks before us the range was 40-100. That's a tough range for which to pack. Here a... read more
Treasure Trove 2
La Boca art

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis October 22nd 2014

Geo: 38.6276, -90.199Day 1My husband Patrick Arnall and I are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. Hard to believe we have been married that long. Harder still to believe that he has had the patience to put up with me all these years. ;-)I have never been to South America so it was a natural for my bucket list. He, on the other hand, traveled here oodles of times on business for Monsanto. But as he said, you can only see so much from a taxicab window. So off we go, into the wild blue yonder, heading WAY south of the border to see more of the Americas. I must admit that, like many Americans, I usually think of US residents when I use the term "Americans". I know that I rarely think of Canadians and ... read more
Temperature range challenge

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis September 22nd 2014

I will asd photos when I get some time. We overnighted it in Adelaide after leaving Lincoln at the Grand Chancelor on Currie St, it was OK being less than a regular 4 star but adequate. We got going at 4am and got to the airport for $23, cheched in and had a pleasant flight to Brisbane without much time to spare we got into our premium economy seats. This was our first experience of Premium with Qantas, it was not too bad as we did get some rest on the 747. The aircraft was 16 years old but had been refurbished. LA had finally rfinished revamping the Tom Bradley terminal and it worked smoothly, the guy at customs was funny when we declared food he asked what we had and when we proceeded to tell ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis September 19th 2014

Geo: 38.6276, -90.199Today was our five year wedding anniversary so we took a quick trip to St Louis! We took a ride up the arch to see the view of St Louis - the river on one side, Busch Stadium on the other. The game started out with a bang ~ two homeruns in the first inning back to back!!! WHO can say they saw THAT at a St Louis Cardinals game?? We saw Fredbird, A Clydesdale, a Bald Eagle that is trained to entertain the crowd, and we spent TONS of money on drinks and food - $27 for one beer, one Diet Coke, and one very tiny no-big-deal hot dog (the hot dog alone was $9). We had a great time! The game was good and we had good seats and good neighbors during ... read more
Hubby ready to leave for the game...
View of Busch Stadium from the top of the Arch
We had great seats!

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis June 25th 2014

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial or the great ‘Gateway Arch’ at St. Louis, Missouri is aptly called America’s gateway to the west. I had visited St. Louis for presenting a paper in a conference in October 2006. And not to miss out on the city’s great icon, the Arch, I headed there on a bright sunny morning after the conference. I took an underground metro train and disembarked at Laclede’s Landing station. A good 10-minute walk through the park brought me to the northern base of the Arch. Underneath the Arch, a visitor descends to an expansive Visitor Center comprising a 45,000 sq. ft. Museum of Westward Expansion with two auditoria (Tucker and Odyssey Theaters). The Tucker Theate... read more
The Arch - a closer view
Old Court House from top of the Arch
Display in Tucker Museum

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis May 29th 2014

Geo: 38.6276, -90.199Today, we woke to a relaxing morning at the RV site. Then, we drove to a Metro stop on the outside of the city, and took the train into St. Louis.The first thing we did was went up to the top of the "Gateway To The West" arch. We noted that the arch was started in 1963 and completed in 1965. I think I went there not too long after it opened....maybe 1968 (Mom, check me on this). But, this was Sheila's first trip. Awesome view of the city.Then, we did a riverboat tour along the Mississippi River, followed by lunch at the Budweiser Restaurant next to the Busch Stadium. We also toured the Old Courthouse, most famously known for housing the Dred Scott vs. Sanford case in 1847. This was the first case ... read more
St. Louis from the Gateway
More of St. Louis

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis May 16th 2014

Here for a CMG board meeting and the hotel gave the Board 4 tickets to the Cardinal / Braves game tonight. Who is going??? well I am and 3 other women. None of the men wanted to go. $115 ticket. I hope I just don't freeze.... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis March 28th 2014

St Louis – Missouri It’s up at 7am to get ready and get the Greyhound from Nashville to St Louis. We get a cab from the hostel and bid farewell to Ron the owner. The cabbie is an Indian guy from Bangalore who’s moved here from California and it’s really interesting to hear his view of the difference between the 2 parts of the US; California is expensive, more liberal and kinky while Nashville is easy going but safe, conservative and cheaper. The bus is pretty full and the trip takes us through the Great Plains (miles and miles of it with isolated and very clean, shining farms – shades of the Amish in Pennsylvania and we do see a sign saying Amish Food for sale. We travel through Kentucky, Indiana & Illinois into St Louis ... read more
St Louis Riverfront
Arthur Bryants BBQ - Kansas City
St Patrick's Day Parade - St Louis

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