My trip to St. Louis in 2006 has been one of the most fun vacations I’ve ever experienced. Even though I grew up here, being home of the arch and the St. Louis Cardinals meant more to me on this trip back. Everything took on a different meaning and meant so much more, now living in a different city. While we were there, we did some of the more tourist attractions, such as attending a baseball game at the new Busch Stadium, going to a little ice cream shop called Ted Drew’s, and taking a trip into the arch. When we went up into the arch, it had brought back memories of when I went up when I was seven. I had overcome my fear this time and was able to see what the city looked like from over 600 feet off the ground, without being scared to look down. After taking a long walk down by the river, we made it over to the Cardinal game we bought tickets for. We tailgated before the game with my cousins, aunt and uncle, and had an incredible game. The Cardinals won and we were all happy campers. My family and I went out to dinner almost every night, with some old friends and sometimes just as a family. We went to Krieger’s and El Maguey in St. Charles, and Lewis and Clark’s down on Main Street in old town St. Charles.
When we went back to St. Charles, which is where I grew up, we were able to see some old neighbors and some of my middle school friends. We stayed the night at our old neighbor’s house every night, so we got to catch up on the neighborhood gossip. One of the things that didn’t work out so well was agreeing on places to go. My sister and I are very much alike, but we enjoy doing different things than our parents do. My dad is big into the history and wanted to go to Union Station and go to a History Convention they had and all of the rest of us wanted to go shop. We had to split up a few times and do different things, since none of us could agree on one thing. Also while we were there, we got to go down to Main Street and go to the little shops they had down there. As a kid, I never really got to go down there very much because my parents were worried I wouldn’t be able to walk or sit in a stroller that long. Now that we were older, we really enjoyed being able to see the different kind of art people made and getting to listen to live music on a couple street corners. One of the musicians we saw even stopped me and told me what pretty eyes I had, which was something I was not used to.
Even though I had been to a lot of these places before, I experienced them all in a different light on this trip. The sites and attractions seemed so different than I had remembered and I really appreciate the history of the city more than I did when I lived there. My family became closer on this vacation because we got to spend so much time together, which differs from our busy life back at home. I will never forget our trip back to St. Louis.
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