On the way back to Memphis, we decided to spend a few days in St. Louis. It's been a couple of years since we visited, so it was time.
Warren insisted we stop in Hannibal, MO for lunch since we failed to stop there for dinner on our way up. For those of you not in the know, it's the hometown of Mark Twain. They are very proud of this fact. It's a cute town and I appreciated the kitsch. I can't wait to tell you about our meal at the Mark Twain Dinnette.
We arrived in St. Louis around 5pm, and checked into the Chase Park Plaza. We stayed there four years ago when we went to St. Louis for our ten year wedding anniversary. Warren isn't a fan of fancy hotels, but he humored me since I got us a discounted rate.
The hotel has a lovely pool, a movie theater, and super comfy two room rooms.
The problem with having a nice hotel, is that the kids never wanted to leave. For our first night, I walked down to Pi and picked up a couple of pizzas that we ate by the pool. Then we got popcorn from the movie theater and candy from the fancy market across the street and watched a pay per view movie in the room on our big screen TV.
I have a cute picture of this, but Warren said I couldn't post it. He's shirtless and stuffing his face with popcorn...in a very handsome way, of course.
Anyway, we spent the entire next day at the City Museum, natch. We really like going at night, but that wasn't an option on a Tuesday. Once we paid, the children were eager to ditch us, but we managed to stay together for the most part. Our first stop was the roof.
We couldn't get the kids on the Ferris Wheel, but they took full advantage of the slides and rope swing.
We briefly split up when the monkeys solidly refused to do the ten story slide, but enjoyed the Everyday Circus together, the Monstrocity, and whatnot. Eventually they were climbing under the floor in spots way to claustrophobic for me, so I took a break. By 4pm we were all hot & sweaty and ready to call it a day.
We should have gone out to dinner or done some sight seeing, but we opted to go to the hotel and rest, with promises of swimming and then walking somewhere nearby to eat later. In the end, we lounged, watched Olympics, and lounged some more. Warren and I eventually ventured out for sushi, and the monkeys had their first experience with room service.
All in all it was a nice break from the daily grind. On our next trip, we'll probably stay somewhere a little less plush, so that we do more, but it was nice to relax.
We had a super fun lunch at Lambert's on the way home, which you'll be hearing more about.
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