Monday, August 15, 2005

Day 64 - St.Louis, Missouri, USA

Day 64 – 11th August 2005 -6:00 GMT

Had a walk around downtown St.Louis and got some lunch from a nearby Café.
Then had a look at the Old Court House

The Old Court House Posted by Picasa

and walked through the Western Expansion Park.

Western Expansion Park Posted by Picasa

We decided we would go to the top of the Western Expansion Archway also known as the St.Louis Gateway Arch.

Jill and I at top of the Arch Posted by Picasa

St.Louis Gateway Arch Posted by Picasa

Me by the Gateway Arch Posted by Picasa

We bought a joint ticket which also gave us an hour boat ride down the Mississippi on a paddle steamer. Under the arch is a large underground museum and the entrance for the tram to the top of the arch. We had to sit in very small space like capsules which holds five people and they travel up and round the arch like a big wheel car.

The Capsule Posted by Picasa

It takes four and a half minutes to get to the top and you get spectacular views over St. Louis and the Mississippi.

View of St.Louis Posted by Picasa

St.Louis Cardinals Stadium Posted by Picasa

View North of The Mississippi Posted by Picasa

View South of The Mississippi Posted by Picasa

We spent about 30 minutes at the top of the arch then had a look around the museum which was all about Western Expansion. We then got on the Paddle Steamer and traveled up and down the Mississippi it was nice to have a boat ride but the scenery is very dull just factory’s.

Jill and I on a Paddle Steamer on The Mississippi Posted by Picasa

We then went back to the hotel for a couple of hours and then went out again and it started to rain, this is the first time we have been in the rain in over 30 days. We walked through the park again and along the waterfront to an area full of pubs and restaurants, we stopped at the old spaghetti factory for dinner, where we all had a 3 course meal. I then went back to the President Casino for a few more hours of Blackjack and won $412. Caught the free shuttle back to the hotel.

The President Casino Posted by Picasa


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