First item on my agenda, on the suggestion of several family members, was to go see the Basilica Cathedral of Saint Louis, which is decorated with one of the world's largest collections of mosaics. It is a truly amazing sight, and I learned a lot about how mosaics are created as well.
My next mission, at the behest of my son, was to visit Busch Stadium, take some pictures and bring him back a Cardinals t-shirt. Busch Stadium is one of the new, yet old looking, red brick stadiums. There are statues of a number of Cards players in front of the stadium, but on the other side, Stan Musial stands alone.
Every time I spoke to anyone in Saint Louis about the trip their first question was "Have you been to the arch yet?" The arch dominates the skyline, even when it isn't the arch that you are visiting.
So of course it was something I had to go see.
My first view when I got off the subway train was this:
Afterward I went back to beautiful hotel at which rooms had been booked for all the out of town guests. I started to relax for a nice quiet evening. It was so nice and quiet that it became disquieting after a while. First of all as much as I appreciated the me time, I missed travelling with the kids. I really enjoy having them along, especially in a new place. But it was an adults only reception, and also they would have missed school to go, so I had come alone. And I found myself wishing I hadn't had to.
Secondly as I relaxed in the lovely hotel with the coffee machine and my own TV remote and the electric lights and all, I couldn't help feeling a little guilty about the various family members and friends who were stuck in the middle of the Hurricane Sandy aftermath, who were doing without coffee pots and electricity and darn near everything else. It didn't help that the only thing decent to watch on the TV was the fundraising concert for the hurricane victims. Eventually I settled into a "Chill out you deserve this" sort of calm and went to bed.
And a splendid time was had by all.