Day 16-19 St. Louis, Missouri   Leave a comment

A tug boat was pushing its load down the Mississippi as we traveled to St. Louis. We stopped to watch the process of passing through the lock and dam.

It’s quite a process to get a tug and all its tows through. Typically, it takes about 1 hour.

Workers began clearing ground for the building of The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in 1907.

It was completed and the first mass took place on Oct. 18, 1914.

The church is known for its large mosaic, which is one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The installation of mosaics in the interior began in 1912.

Completed in 1988, the mosaics contain 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces in more than 7,000 colors. It covers 83,000 square feet and is the largest mosaic collection in the world.

Our driving tour of Forest Park and Tower Grove Park shows us some beautiful homes, much cheaper than in Washington, D.C. area. One of particular interest is what they call the half house, picture below.

Since this is the city’s 250th birthday, there are birthday cakes throughout the city.

What an interesting fountain.

Forest Park was the home of the 1904 World’s Fair and contains the Art, History, and Science Museums, Zoo, Jewel Box greenhouse, and the Muny Theater. There is only one building left, pictured below, as a reminder of the World’s Fair.

Check out the silver tree located next to the art museum.

After lunch, we met at Right Field, Third Base.

What a great tour, which included the Champion Club, a private club,

Several of the World Champion Trophies

Another private area (check out the “wallpaper”)

And on to the field for batting practice.

The world famous Budweiser Clydesdale are my favorite.

They delivered the first case of Budweiser to Washington, D.C., after the repeal of Prohibition. There are three hitch teams across the United States and there is a criterion to be part of the traveling hitch team. They are known for their size, strength, and precision. They must be 4 years old, 18 hands tall, weigh between 2,000-2,300 lbs., have a bay color, four white stocking feet, a blaze of white on their face, and a black mane and tail. They have been a company icon since 1933. The Dalmatian dogs have traveled with the hitch team since the 1950s.

We visited the museum, the lager cellar,

and of course the tasting room.

finishing in the hospitality room for a full glass of our choice of beer, not just a little paper cup either.

Stella Artois and limearita seemed to be the favorite.

Afterward, everyone got their picture taken with “Prince.”

We DEFINITELY made sure he did not step on our feet!

A toast prior to our ice cream social.

What glass???????

Ice cream socials are the best! Especially when we have special guests join us, like Bob & Carol who traveled with us last year on the Grand Circle tour, pictured bottom right.

Prior to our tour, like 4:35 a.m., I got some photos of the eclipse.

We watched a movie on the building of the arch. It was quite interesting to see how they had to jack the two sides of the arch apart in order to fit the last piece in.

Wow, these men were brave. It was scary enough being on the inside of the monument let along thinking about being on the outside! It is the tallest monument in the country at 630 feet.

Cramming into the “capsule” (5 people per car), up 630 feet, to the top of the Gateway Arch.

What a beautiful view of the city. See Right Field in the photo above, left?

At the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center we found it humorous that this wagon would be next to a photo of Armstrong walking on the moon.

Our last stop was the St. Louis Zoo, which is one of the best in the country.

It seemed that the animals were a bit lazy today, just like we felt at the end of a long day and a big lunch.

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