St. Louis Meetup
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September 13th, 2009 – by: sweetsummerdaiz
With Mark (travelman 727) and I holding down the fort, we painted the town red as we headed to Hannigan's, our first stop to have lunch in Laclede's Landing. On a perfect-weather day we sat outside and enjoyed the view of old cobblestone streets as we munched on a Greek salad and had Shepherd's stew. Yum!
Next we boarded the train, a first in this city for Mark. Our first stop was to continue on the train East, over the Mississippi, and exited on the Illinois side of the river from where we had a better view of the Arch. Since this side of the river was not very scenic except for a casino in the distance, we headed back to the action of the Missouri side.
Crossing off another first for Mark, we embarked on a bus ride.
After waiting for what seemed like 20 or more minutes to catch the bus back to the train, we exited at the Stadium Station. The cardinals fans were in full swing as they began piling into Busch stadium for the ensuing game. It was about 5pm and already the train to get to the stadium was packed with Red and White - the parking lot was packed, the streets were packed.
Mark and I parted ways for a couple of hours. He back to his hotel to get ready for dinner, I to my hotel's bar! There at the bar I met another Mark. This one from Phoenix who was on a guy's weekend - he was waiting for his Dad and brother to arrive. They take a guy's baseball trip around the country once a year, this year being #14 for them. They no longer care who is playing or where, but as each year is checked off their list they visit a new stadium and revel in the moment of each other's company.
Ok - onward to dinner. Meeting up with Mark again, we boarded the train and headed to Union Station where Phase II of the Stupendous St. Louis Meetup would take place at the Landry's Seafood and Steak Restaurant. James (pearcetoyou) selected this restaurant, too, and a it was another fantastic location! Seated inside without a wait Mark and I each enjoyed a cocktail featured that evening; Mai Ti. Yummy~! Dinner was great and the conversation even better~
Since our proximity for dinner was within the Union Station area I took Mark inside the (now) Marriott Hotel lobby and showed him what I had discovered the previous day; the restored, old, Union Station. How beautiful! We went to see the Three Ladies window and the ornateness of the ceiling.
Next we moved on to an outdoor Bistro bar where we finished the night with one more beverage. Since I'm an early bird my energy was already waning so I grabbed a diet coke while Mark sampled another local flavor, Shock Top beer. We walked through the Marriott to the street level back by Aloe Plaza Fountain where we caught a complimentary shuttle back to the Hyatt.
Shortly after the evening ended around 11pm. On my way back to my hotel, knowing it was my last evening in St. Louis, I forced myself to walk through city park, a lit up spectacle that we noticed on the way through Downtown, about 1 block from my hotel, the Hilton. How interesting at night! With big heads, waterfalls, "people lights," and rabbits, it was almost surreal!
**Bus guide and travel tips for the Basilica area: From the MetroBus Hub at Central West End take the #13 "Florrisant" route to Lindell Blvd.
To return to Central West End MetroBus Hub, return to the corner of Lindell Blvd, but get on the opposite side to catch the bus. Take the first of three routes to get back: #95 Hampton - #13 Veterans - or #18. All of these routes make a stop at the MetroBus Hub. **Note: There is no bench to wait on at this stop, but there is plenty of shade. The stop is outside of a private residence that looks like a castle.
**Basilica is within walking distance of the Central West End train stop for those who are fit. It is approximately six long blocks to Lindell Blvd.
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