|The silver tree on the grounds of the St. Louis Art Museum|
Missouri is just beautiful and I very much enjoyed seeing the countryside, as I had an hour of driving after crossing over the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. I was anxious to get there and am glad that we headed back to St. Louis twice and I got to really see the land as I was riding.
My dear friend Cheri lives to the southwest of St. Louis and she and her wonderful husband were such gracious hosts. I had a marvelous time visiting- we spent 2 days traveling all over the city and then spent one day hanging bopping around her neck of the proverbial woods.
|Chihuly Gate at the Missouri Botanical Gardens|
I loved all the touring and driving and eating and seeing that I did, but the best part I think was relaxing at her house in the mornings, drinking coffee and enjoying ourselves in a leisurely way. It was a great way to start off each day. I was treated like a princess and I felt totally spoiled and certainly didn't want to leave!!
|The funky eye sculpture at the Sculpture Park|
|The "Womb" sculpture|
|Butterflies from the Butterfly house|
|Chihuly installation at the Botanical Gardens|
|Veggie sushi with Mango|
Tuesday, we headed up to the city again, armed with a plan and a lot of coffee and water, and went straight to the Basilica of St. Louis. It is an absolutely astounding piece of architecture and the mosaic that decorate the entirety of the interior is beyond words. When you look at the size of the pieces of the mosaic, they must be 1/2 - 3/4 inch, it is mind-boggling. Amazing place to visit, no matter what your beliefs.
|Basilica of St. Louis|
|Unedited details (oops)|
|A better example of the brilliant color of the mosaic|
|Lovely heron hanging out on the dock at the Boat House|
|I don't even remember what this crazy guy is called- St. Louis Zoo animal|
|I am a fan of flamingos for some reason. Lol|
|The arch is beautiful|
|A Modigliano and a fuzzy shot of a Picasso at the St. Louis Art Museum|
Throughout the time we were in St. Louis, we saw LOTS of these fun birthday cakes. St. Louis is 250 years old and along the lines of the painted cows and the like seen in other cities, here there were birthday cakes that artists decorated- 250 of them apparently. We must have seen 15 of them around the city where we were. It was entertaining to see and I just read that there is an app to find all 250 of them. I think it was more fun to discover them!
|One of 250 birthday cakes to celebrate St. Louis Birthday|
It was great to be in the city, but we wanted to stay closer to her home Wednesday, so we took our time getting ready and we went into her favorite coffee shop for an early lunch and I met one of her lovely friends. We did some shopping and then went to the little farmers market and went to look at some of the BEAUTIFUL wineries in southern Missouri - the one we stopped at was the Chaumette winery
|Lol this is a bit of an awkward shot at the winery- why I am standing half on a stone I am not sure|
|Beautiful land around the winery.|
|We had a lot of coffee! YUM!|
|But the wine was VERY enjoyable! To think we went to yoga after this!|
|View of the lovely Missouri countryside|
We finished off the last full day of my visit with a lovely dinner with Cheri and her hubby. It was a perfect end to a perfect trip..... oh wait, there was one more thing we did that night.
|Wine in a hot tub?? why yes, thank you|
I left the next day with a lump in my throat and a mind swirling with wonderful memories. I had the best time enjoying the company of my dear friend and really love the state of Missouri. It is just beautiful.
|I had such a good time with Cheri and Mike and Coach!!|
This certainly is one of the best trips I have taken! Cheri is one of the best joy-givers I know. I hope your life is full of them too!
|From the Botanical Gardens|
|Debi and Cheri at the Butterfly Garden|
|Looking at the arch through the park and fountain|
I left out soooo many little things that we shared but that is ok, those are the things that we will remember and make sense to us, probably not to others who were not there. The walking and seeing and laughing and getting almost lost in the city and driving and eating and relaxing added up to a wonderful adventure for me. Bookended on the weekends with seeing my boys and my Sarahs and my grandkiddos made it on more layer of rich and complete.
Thank you doesn't even begin to cover it! But, thank you Cheri for a most wonderful stay.