Blogs from St Louis, Missouri, United States, North America - page 2


Welcome to the Stone Family Blog 2015. In 2013, our family (Ed, Lisa, Allie and Tyler) traveled to England and then when the adults returned to America, Allie and Tyler traveled on their own to France, Switzerland and Belgium. We all had a great time. If you are interested in the blog from our 2013 trip, you can find it at Now it is time for a new adventure. Tyler (a sophomore at Saint Louis University) is spending this semester at SLU's European Campus in Madrid Spain. He has been studying hard during the week and enjoying his weekends exploring the continent. Tyler has had the opportunity to visit many parts of Spain. He has also traveled to England, Scotland, Germany and Morocco. On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Lisa and Ed are meeting Tyler in ... read more
Roman Forum

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 21st 2015

Today would be my only day in Chicago. This entire trip is what I literally call a drive by trip, so I would only be spending a short time in each location. I woke up and grabbed free breakfast at the hostel. Today was toast with jam and an apple with some juice. I chatted with the hostel staff and told them about the strange dream. Apparently it was not a dream and last night some intoxicated people had come back to the hostel. Only some of them were actually staying at the hostel. A very confused fight broke up in the hallway where no one knew who was fighting whom. The hostel staff was finally able to sort who was who and throw out the interlopers. They did a good job because the hostel was ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 12th 2014

At some point, we plan to retire to South Carolina, and we decided to use some vacation time to see some things in middle America that will be a long trip once we reach the east coast. For some time, I have wanted to visit Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where my mother's first husband (and my sister's father) is buried. He was a gunner on a B-24 during World War II. Part of the 459th Bombardier Group, they flew out of Giulia, Italy. On April 13, 1943 the plane was shot down near what is now Gorica, Croatia with the loss of the entire crew. During World War II, the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery became the final resting place for many groups of servicemen whose remains were recovered in such a manner that identification of individuals ... read more
Grave marker
Flowers we left

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 6th 2014

Thank you St Louis!!! We travelled to St Louis in June; Geoff for a conference and me to enjoy the city and partake in a reunion with Lachy (son number 2) and a good friend from San Francisco (formerly from France, first met in Nepal in 2012, aka my very good French friend). Well, St Louis certainly delivered. I was so impressed with our stay, we only saw the tiniest bit in 5 days and left looking forward to more next time. Thank you Air Bnb! We stayed in Clayton which I think was a great choice- a beautiful leafy green suburb with great proximity to Forrest Park: and all of it's attractions, public transport and the essentials like a supermarket, coffee and some great little restaurants. So, this is the apartment- read more
Happy BD St Louis
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City of churches

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis October 19th 2013

We spent the day in St. Louis today. We drove downtown after breakfast and visited the Gateway Arch, a St. Louis icon. It is run by the National Park Service and we were pleased to find that it is operating again after the government shut down. Here is my take on the arch: it is great from the outside - inspiring and very photogenic - and the informational displays in the visitor center are well worthwhile, but the view from the top is anticlimactic after the hassle of getting up there. They cram five people into each of eight little capsules (see photo of full-scale replica) and there is a slow trip to the crowded viewing area where tiny windows allow limited views of the city and of the Mississippi River. We did get a good ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis October 18th 2013

We spent much of the day in Cape Girardeau. It is a Mississippi River town that thrived in the days of the steamboat and has a tourist industry based in part on nostalgia for that time. The waterfront area has on "olde tyme" feel to it and there are murals on the flood wall, but there is also a modern bridge that crosses the Mississippi River here. We visited a little museum with a well-done and succinct natural history of SE Missouri. We left "Cape", as the natives call it, and drove north following the big river. We passed through a section of Illinois that is now attached to Missouri because the river altered its course since the two became states. We stopped in Ste. Genevieve, site of an early French settlement and a gorgeous - ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 13th 2013

Day 9 – July 5th Today started out slowly as we slept in from our 4th of July adventures. Mom made a heaping pile of bacon and eggs. Annie’s family joined us for breakfast. We all shared stories, played farm with Lucy, and ate! Don and I set out to the post office for stamps. Our quick trip ended in screams! As I pulled out of the parking space, a woman backed up into the side of THE NEW VAN……AHHHHHHHHH!!! Ok, so it turns out it wasn’t that bad, but my blood was pumping for a while. There is a tiny scratch that can be buffed out, but the van only had 3,000 miles on it! After calming down we headed to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. They had a nice traveling exhibit from ... read more
NFL Hall of Fame display

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 13th 2013

Day 8 - Happy 4th of July! We woke up to an unprecedented cool morning in St. Louis. Mom had homemade muffins and fresh fruit ready for us out on the deck. After soaking in the fresh air and sunshine, mom and I spent some time catching up and chatting as Don had some quite time to enjoy another cup of coffee and blog writing time (which always seems to come at a premium on these trips). As noon came and went, we voted for lunch, my voice shouted the loudest and so it was off to Steak & Shake. For those of you not familiar with Steak & Shake, they serve steak burgers, skinny fries, chili, and about 50 types of milkshakes. I had a hot fudge brownie shake and mom indulged in ... read more
Fair St. Louis Airshow
Cotton Candy Tower
Part of the crowd

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 10th 2013

Day 7 – July 3rd Memphis to St. Louis Today we visit the metropolis of Memphis. First stop, the famous Peabody Hotel. We have a deadline, we have to be there by 11:00, if we don’t get there by then we miss the big event. “What event”, you ask? Of course, it’s the marching of the ducks! Ever since the 1930’s the hotel’s Duckmaster (yes, there really is such a position) marches the wild Mallard ducks from their penthouse pen down the elevator to the lobby where they march, in a line, up a ramp and into the marble fountain. There they will spend the day, quietly paddling around, pleasing visitors, until 4:00 when they reverse the march to the elevator and back up to the roof. After three months of this strenuous duty ... read more
Son House roadside marler
Peabody marble fountain
Autographed guitars

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 31st 2013

Réveillés de bonne heure, nous partons à 8 heures avec 27 368 miles au compteur. Visite de Springfield que nous avions annulée hier soir à cause de la pluie. Tout d'abord le Capitol de Springfield (la capitale de l'Illinois) puis la tombe d'Abraham Lincoln (un monument impressionnant). Un peu après Springfield, nous faisons le plein d'essence : 9,826 gallons pour 36,84 $ et 27 383 miles au compteur. Puis direction Edwardsville et son "Mustang Corral" où sont entreposées des mustang en piteux état que deux mécanos remettent à neuf comme l'original des années 60 pour 50 à 70 000 $. Il faut compter 1 an à 1 an et demi, mais du beau travail, Nous traversons ensuite Saint-Louis ou après les orages d'hier le Mississippi est sorti de son lit et se trouve maintenant au niveau ... read more

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