Hometown Tourism

“Old friends are memories personified.” — Richard Paul Evans

My second big adventure of October was with my oldest and dearest friend, right here in my home town. Is there a bigger hug in the world than spending time with someone you can just be your authentic self with in the place that you call home. Reminiscing about old memories, making new memories…my heart is still filled with gratitude.

We took in all things St. Louis, some places I’ve been, but most I’ve not. I can’t believe how long I’ve lived here and there are still so many things to do! So much so that I got to be a tourist in my hometown for an entire weekend.

First meal of the adventure was at a St. Louis institution.

We took a tour of Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory, one of the oldest chocolate manufacturers in the country. They originated in Europe and later settled in the United States. Here is a view of their rooftop event space.

And here is a view of their production floor.

Then we visited the newly finished Gateway Arch grounds. Unusual clouds and colors made for some stunning scenes.

Of course we had to go by the Botanical Garden.

Next day brought a tour of Anheuser-Busch. Prior to this, I’d only run by the place when race routes took us through the neighborhood. The experience was new, even if the smell of hops was not.

We got to see the Clydesdales. How gorgeous is this guy?

We also went through Forest Park and experienced fall in a way that can only be experienced there.

We had brunch at the Boathouse in Forest Park. We loved this guy with his dog. So sweet.

We also had the good fortune of having this adventure during the weekend when Laumeier Sculpture Park had a special nighttime event scheduled. I’d never seen Laumeier after dark.

This is only a glimpse into this wonderful adventure. It’s difficult to fit everything into one post, and impossible to describe how much it meant to me. I’m so, so grateful for memories – old and new — and can’t wait for the next adventure with my bestie! Lucky, lucky me!

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