Tuesday, October 11, 2011

QUICK STOP AT ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

So, it was Missouri Part 2 for me and Vince this past weekend.  The first time we were in Missouri was in August 2011 when he attended a conference in Kansas City aka CITY OF FOUNTAINS.  Last weekend, we went to Illinois for a job interview.  We flew from Pennsylvania to St. Louis, Missouri vice versa, and so on the way back home we were able to do a little wandering around downtown St. Louis.

Kiener Plaza

We stayed at The Roberts Mayfair - A Wyndham Hotel, which is about a 10-minute walk away from the Gateway Arch.  On our way to the famous arch, the reddish orange colored fountain in Kiener Plaza caught our attention, and so we just had to stop and take some photos.  Vince and I were both amazed with this fountain and I think this is the first time we saw a dye-colored fountain.  Again, I did a little researching online, and found that park authorities had dyed the water different colors in the past, including teal in support of ovarian cancer awareness and pink for Komen Race for the Cure.  It is currently dyed red in support of the Cardinals, a professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

Across Kiener Plaza is the Old Courthouse, which is Missouri's tallest habitable building from 1864 to 1894.

We also got a great view of the Gateway Arch from Kiener Plaza.  Standing 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is the nation's tallest monument, and commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis' role in westward expansion of the United States.  The arch was built at a cost of $13M.  Construction began in February 1963 and finished in October 1965.

They say that a visit to St. Louis is not complete without standing at the arch's base and playing professional photographer, so here's one of our attempts to digitally capture the experience using a point and shoot camera ;)

And here is a picture of me by the Missouri River.  This river rounds the northern side of St. Louis to join the Mississipi River on the border between Missouri and Illinois:
That's pretty much what we did in St. Louis. We only had a short time to spare as we were flying back home that morning.  In fact, we missed our flight, but we're fortunate enough to be squeezed in on a flight two hours later that day.  I guess, we had a little fun and lost track of the time.  And yeah, time does fly fast when you're having fun :p

KM:  How much time do we have till our flight?
Vince:  Who cares?! :D

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32 comments:

  1. nice.nice.nice..pictures and all:) that orange fountain?..hehe

    visitinmg from orange tuesday!

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  2. Aha! Kaya naman pala nabusy ang beauty mo KM, hehehe. It's a good thing that you're able to make a quick trip to this lovely place. Sulit naman kahit na you've missed your flight, hehe.

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  3. The first time I saw a dyed fountain was green for St. Patrick's Day in Pennsylvania--it was odd!

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  4. WOW! Orange fountain... amazing! :)

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  5. @ Lainy, korek! Sulit na sulit especially that we didn't have to pay a single cent for the change in our flight ;)

    @ Margaret Almon, green fountain? That kinda reminded me of Slimer :D

    @ Marie, uy I saw your Orange Tuesdays entry :) congrats on your first time joining a meme!

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  6. love your post, KM. brilliant idea, dyeing the fountain water. love the last two photos and captions!

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  7. thanks for this post... also my first time to know about this dye colored fountain....

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  8. That fountain was awesome! I've never seen such yet. (lol)

    I love your last two photos! Cute!

    Take Care!

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  9. that's cool! and nice pictures too..:)



    Visiting from OT. Here's mine Postcard Like Sunset ,New Convertible and Demitasse Cups. Have a Nice Day!

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  10. orange fountain? definitely, worth some photos! I had fun with the last two photos:) so cute!

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  11. Oo nga..who cares..
    hehehe..
    thanks for joining sis!

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  12. Oo nga..who cares..
    hehehe..
    thanks for joining sis!

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  13. Lovely fountain! Thanks for joining!

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  14. You're so lucky and blessed that there's no cost incurred coming from your own pocket for the change in your flight. AMazing talaga!

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  15. awesome photos. loved that fountain. very vibrant color:)

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  16. great pictures, beautiful views :-) thank you for sharing, visiting for Color Connection, hope that you can visit me back too

    http://www.adventurousjessy.com/2011/10/racing-the-mario-kart-at-the-chuck-e-cheese.html

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  17. I have yet to see those places since we are visiting my hubby's folks for thanksgiving... Thanks for sharing your photos, I got excited! :)

    Visiting from Tuesday Travels.

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  18. Wow, cool orange fountains.. hope to see you back for TT.

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  19. fun and beautiful pictures, loved them all :-) I have never been to Missouri. Dropping some love for Tuesday Travels, hope that you can return the favor too.

    http://www.tropical7107islands.com/2011/11/my-travel-tuesday%E2%80%99s-entry-is-my-sister%E2%80%99s-motor-boat.html

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  20. great shots, KM! I love the last two photos, especially! funny..

    Visiting late from
    http://rayainthailand.com/2011/11/21/hat-yai-by-night/
    http://culturemedley.com/2011/11/01/beautiful-penang-skies/

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  21. Great shots, KM! St. Loius is so dear to me as I spent my very first summer and 4th of July here in America in this very city! :) I hope to drive down there again soon, to visit a cousin in Fenton who just arrived from HK to join her fiance. :)

    Very late TT visit! I hope you don't mind! :)

    Vegas, by Night!

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  22. @ Rcel, aba, memorable pala talaga sa'yo ang St. Louis no? :)

    thanks for visiting my TT entry ^^

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  23. ^ thank you for the TT visits :)

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  24. That red water would have caught my attention too. Cool! Looks like you had fun.

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  25. that's a unique fountain. nice travel shots.

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  26. Wonderful pictures, not sure about the coloured water... :-)

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  27. I love the color of the water and it made me smile how you imitate that statues. ^_^

    The Flood Water

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  28. Nagbabalik for WW hehehe.

    My Watery. May you have a joyful holiday!

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  29. Really enjoyed your post about your visit to St. Louis. I visited one time and it was really cool to see the arch. You all look so happy and appear to he having such a good time. Like the idea of the water. Happy Wednesday. genie

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  30. I beg your forgiveness for my cutting and pasting my comment, but there was no way on Earth I would be able to make it around the whole globe to wish everybody a Merry Christmas otherwise.

    The magical elves that constitute my staff have demonstrated their lack of respect in either not showing up for work at all, or those that have all seem a little worse for wear (if you catch my drift). All they seem to do is sit around smoking cigarettes that, frankly, smell funny. In addition, they play cards and tell dirty jokes rather than do their jobs! Consequently, the reindeer are all filthy and out of shape.

    I now have my two sons pulling the sleigh, but they are struggling. I’ve been told that it’s a big ask for a three and five year old, but I made it this far with a couple of mangy chooks, an arthritic wallaby and three peculiar wombats! Unfortunately, we lost all bar one wombat over Mumbai (and the sole survivor is exhibiting clear signs of PTSD).

    Anyway, all the way down here at the bottom of the world (A.K.A. Tasmania), and from myself, Jen, Henry and Ezra, please have a Merry Christmas/Winter Solstice/Hanukkah/Festivus/Ashura and a happy New Year!

    I hope that all of your holiday photos turn out to be triumphs, your stocking is stuffed full of lots of tasty treats and not coal and that all your naan/ prawn cocktails/ currywurst are all as tasty as can be!

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