St. Louis – And then I looked around…
We spent last weekend tooling around a portion of our fair City – not by choice but by chance. We visited the Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show on Saturday and the matinee of ‘Beautiful – the Carole King Musical’ at the fabulous Fox Theatre on Sunday. Construction on the surrounding streets provided for numerous detours (‘scenic routes’ as I like to call them) and initially, those ‘detours’ caused a bit of mild frustration for us. But then I remembered John Meyer’s recent blog posts on the attributes of our fair City so I took a cue from him and decided to look around and take things in rather than taking them for granted.
Saturday in St. Louis
Saturday’s foray to the Botanical Gardens took us through Tower Grove Park where people were enjoying the walking paths and the gazebos and the occasional game of kick-ball. The trip home took us south on Grand past packed restaurants and diverse shops, then through Carondelet Park – again, packed with people enjoying the beautiful weather. How fortunate are we to have these beautiful, walkable parks and robust neighborhoods in the middle of our City?
Sunday in St. Louis
On Sunday, traffic heading to the Fox was challenging so we explored a different route home. As we were driving around Grand Center I saw the Contemporary Arts Museum which is launching its Spring Exhibitions, Powell Hall which is hosting the last two St. Louis Speaker Series events with Leon Panetta and Dave Barry, and Romeo & Juliet (for those who prefer music to words), and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Jazz at the Bistro, and the Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries – all of which offer first class shows and exhibitions regardless of the medium.
We then headed over Lindell where we saw architecturally stunning buildings including the Moolah, the Cathedral Basilica, and the Chase Park Plaza (just to name a few iconic institutions). We crossed Kingshighway and headed south into Forest Park passing along the way the Missouri History Museum, the Muny Opera, the Boat House, the Art Museum, and the Zoo – all of which were packed with people enjoying our ‘chamber of commerce’ weather. Again, another great, walkable park with world-class amenities in an urban setting…
I hope to experience (and in some cases “re-experience”) many of the gems listed above and others such as the Old Courthouse, the (soon-to-be refurbished) Gateway Mall/Arch/Riverfront, the Peabody Opera House, the Pageant and the highlights of Delmar Blvd. in general, and the ever-evolving Cherokee Street scene, just to name a few. And I hope you get the chance to do the same! Enjoy!
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