This will be short and sweet, just like our time in St. Louis, Missouri was.  Paul found us an inexpensive room at the Westin.  Not being a hotel chain type of traveler, my hopes were low.  However, this hotel was absolutely wonderful (clean and spacious with a deep bathtub and cool art on the walls)…and check out the view we had from our window!

Busch Stadium from our Westin Window

We basically had time enough wander around town a bit, eat and sleep (the Cardinals had an away game, alas).  Our wanderings led us to a tap house and wine bar named bridge.  I ordered me a pear cider and we shared a cheese board.  If you love cheese (and beer, and wine, and cider, and spirits), then you will be impressed with the selection here.  I had to order the Sage Derby (Great Britain, Buttery with a slight herbiness) in honor of Paul, of course.

bridge tap house and wine bar

Before and after dinner, we hung out in Citygarden for a bit, which is a really cool urban oasis (aka park) in downtown St. Louis.  The weather was nice and the park was packed with happy people.  Wish every city had something like this…

Pinocchio at Citygarden

Citygarden fountain at night


Another thing that struck me about St. Louis was the architecture.  This is one of the most impressive looking post offices I have come across…

St. Louis Post Office

Of course most people go directly to the Gateway Arch upon arrival in St. Louis and I am a bit bummed we didn’t make it there.  If you have been, please tell us what you thought of it.  I got a nice all-around vibe from St. Louis; the people were friendly, the food was good, and the bed was comfy…what more could a girl ask for while “just passing through”?

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