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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 23rd 2010

I was a bit disappointed at missing out on the opportunity to be bumped last night. Being as late as it was I was looking forward to the idea of decompressing with a good nights sleep in a nice hotel room with cable TV and dinner on the airline. That and the $400 voucher was nice to look forward to. However, it seems there were a few no-shows so the offer was not followed up on. What was weird was that as they were boarding the plane I asked a counter clerk several times whether I was still to be bumped. She gave me a perplexed look and said she didn't know what I meant. I asked if the flight was still over-booked. She said she had never heard that term before. I used a hotel ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 2nd 2010

On our second day we woke up early, had breakfast at the Best Western, checked out, and then left to explore Hot Springs for the morning. We started by checking out the actual Hot Springs that (one that has not been tapped for a bathhouse). They were very hot, not surprisingly, and fun to dip my hands into. We then headed to the top of the Mountain Observation tower within the National Park. The indoor level included an interesting museum that covered the history of the area. The outdoor observation was also amazing and gave me many scenic views and photos to take. After that, we drove around some of the mountain roads and took a brief hike. We then started the 6.5 hour drive to St. Louis. Once there, we dropped our things at Jerome's ... read more
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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 25th 2010

We have one week to go before our journey abroad begins. I am remembering what it was like to travel to France for the first time in college, and memories of discovering so much about myself are coming to the surface. My husband teases me that my first passport picture when I was 19 looks like I am thinking, "France, where's that?" I hope that our students have the same kind of eye-opening journey that I did, and that they are inspired to make international travel a part of their adult lives. In the meantime, we are busy packing and making last-minute arrangements for notre sejour! ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 11th 2010

We have had a proper chance to check out the hotel now and are pretty impressed. The breakfast buffet is included. You can make your own waffles, there's fruit, porridge, cooked stuff etc plus drinks. In the evening they also lay on a light meal, plus free beer and wine. The food is pretty basic - a nice salad, then a main course which changes every day. We ate there tonight as it was hammering with rain and pretty cold out but as there's no choice, we wont always bother. There is a small indoor pool and a nice hot jacuzzi. After all the travelling yesterday and sleeping scrunched up, Lewis was in a terrible state this morning and could hardly move. We sat him in the jacuzzi for a while, did some stretches and made ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis April 19th 2010

Mlle. Bridwell put together a wonderful pique nique for the West/North Abroad group, and we had a super time! Students jumped right into the introduction activities with gusto, and we learned the names of group members from each school within just a few minutes. The relay activities were definitely hilarious to watch, and it looked like they were fun to take part in as well. There was snack food a plenty as we headed "a la bouffe" in mixed groups to get to know each other better as we ate and chatted. The final scavenger hunt was filled with laughter, a few wrong turns, and finally the joyful discovery of the "tresors" hidden by Mlle. Bridwell. Thank you to everyone who was able to come and enjoy the beautiful day at Faust Park! ... read more
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Learning Names

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis April 5th 2010

We are just a few weeks away from our visit to France. I'm getting excited like I always do before an oveseas trip, and it will be doubly fun to be with students as they discover the beauty of actually being in France for the first time. We have our next meeting in mid-April; it will be a picnic so that the students from both schools can get to know each other before we embark on the journey together. We will update the blog as much as possible during the trip and add pictures whenever we can!... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis March 15th 2010

After the Brewery tool we decided to go to Pappy's Smoke House for an early dinner. We got a little lost on the way, and ended up going almost all the way to Fenton, but that was ok. It's fun to drive around and explore different areas. The food was pretty good. The Brisket and the Sausage Links were great, but I thought the pork was a little dry. The sauces that they serve on the side are awesome. After dinner we drove down to the Arch. This was cool, but I wish that the information on it would have mentioned that it closes at 6:00, and the last trips up to the top go at 5:00. We didn't get there until 5:30, so we didn't get to go up into the Arch. The museum was ... read more
Gateway Arch
Gateway Arch
Gateway Arch Museum

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis March 15th 2010

We got to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery at about Noon, and started our Beermaster tour at 12:30. This was awesome. We got to see the entire brewing process, from brewing to bottling, and even the Stables. We didn't get to see the Clydesdales in Full tack, but that's ok, we did get to drink a glass of Budweiser straight out of the Finishing Barrels. These are the tanks that hold the finished beer that is being sent down to the bottling lines. It is so worth the $25 for this tour of the brewery.... read more
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Post Prohibition
Post Prohibition

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis March 15th 2010

We started out this morning kinda early. Everyone was up by 7:00. (Damn Jennie-O time) After getting ready, Denise and Al walked over to Krispy Kreme (it's 1/2 a block from the hotel) and got some doughnuts while Rhonda and I got ready. Then we went downstairs for a small breakfast. We headed out and hit the K-Mart to pick up some supplies, then headed into town to drive around and check things out before our tour of Anheuser Busch. We stopped at the Lemp Mansion, and walked around that area for a while. There were some really cool old places, and we took a bunch of pictures. Then we headed over to the Brewery for our tour. ... read more
Lemp Mansion
Lemp Brewery
Lemp Mansion Sign

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis March 14th 2010

We went out to Dinner at Pennies BBQ here in St. Louis. It's located at 4265 Reavis Barracks Rd. We originally planned on going to the url= Iron Barley , but they were closed on Sunday. It's actually a good thing, because this place does not appear to be in the greatest of neighborhoods, and we would have had to park several blocks away. We drove around a little, and had thought about heading back to the hotel to see what they had when I decided to take the Reavis Barracks Rd exit. During this Time, Al had turned on the GPS, and was doing a local search for BBQ places. Pennies was the first one on the list, and it happened to be on the exit I had taken, less than a block away. We ... read more
Denise and Al
The Food at Pennies

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