My mom and I got to go to St. Louis to visit newlyweds Vanessa and Jordan! They just moved there for Jordan’s medical school and we thought we needed to see their new place before they got too busy!
We helped Vanessa decorate her 100-year-old, quite large, home-turned-apartment complex. Her and Jordan are on the bottom level and Jordan’s sister and her husband are on the top floor.
We got some italian food from this amazing restaurant, got some famous Ted Drewes ice cream, got some yummy Thai food, and best of all, had some awesome home-cooked cedar planked salmon with some yummy pineapple quinoa and asparagus.. mmmm! Vanessa also made us delicious Gandolfos breakfast sandwiches and some good pasta carbanara!
And… we did other stuff than just eat; we toured St. Louis! My mom and I braved the pouring rain to go to the gateway to the west: the St. Louis famous arch. On our way to the arch, the road was closed, so we drove around for almost on hour trying to get to the entrance and find a place to park. In our wayfinding, we made our way across the Mississippi river twice, and one of those times were taken to East St. Louis (the most dangerous city in the U.S.). We didn’t know it at the time, and just flipped around and went back across the river. Happy to say we made it back alive. We did find the entrance and find where to park for the arch, only to step out into the pouring rain and get soaked! We couldn’t help but laugh at that point! And get some photos of us soaked and our umbrella broken. The one positive thing that came out of the rain was that there was no line for the arch! We went right up and back down.
We also toured the old courthouse, found this old mine – now converted into a recreation center where we took a barge ride through, we went to the old union station, spent a while walking through the botanical gardens, went to cherokee lane which had a bunch of antique shoppes, and saw St. Louis University, where Vanessa and Jordan are going to school!
Its good to know where Nessy and Jordan live and happy to hear they are doing well! I’m still waiting for Vanessa to start her blog now that she is married and living out of state… I even have some name ideas…