St Louis Vacation 2010

Many of you may know that our family had to give up a Disney World vacation due to the surgery of our daughter Ashley and my surgery in late June. It was very disappointing as we were to spend it with Bob's brother and his whole family.

Ashley had a follow up appointment with her surgeon on Wednesday. Bob thought it would be a good idea to stay in St Louis and have some fun for ourselves after all our turmoil this year. So... here we are!

Ashley received good news from her surgeon...she is now free to go about her daily life as usual, making sure she eats right and rests right. I think she has done a great job of getting in the amount of rest she needs. We had lunch at a local crepe making place after the appointment and boy, it was great. Bob and I shared a chicken crepe and Ashley and Eric had a turkey and avocado crepe. We shared dessert crepes as well, a banana foster crepe and a Nutella crepe. MMmmmmmMM.

We drove around the Central West End and through Forest Park while waiting for our hotel room to be ready. Such a beautiful place. The houses are unreal. HUGE. I read on one sales flyer there were thirteen bedrooms in one house built in the 30s. It was well over a million dollars, too.

Dinner was at Modesto, a Spanish tapas restaurant. The sangria was wonderful and the food fabulous. One of the small plates we had was of grilled octopus. It was quite good but Ashley wouldn't touch it! She said she wouldn't eat anything with suckers on it!

On Thursday morning we went to Lafayette Square. More beautiful homes and architecture. We shopped a bit and had lunch at Blueberry Hill, voted St. Louis' best hamburger. Maybe I am a bit prejudiced but I don't think it has anything on Billards or Booches in Columbia. In the afternoon I worked on my class project while Ashley, Eric and Bob did some shopping. We had dinner at Brasserie and I had the best Croque Madame sandwich ever. Sorry, Bob! I also got to try floating islands for dessert which was a good I had always wanted to try! Floating islands are mounds of meringue poached in sweet milk floating on a custard bed. Fabulous.

We are here through Sunday!

Terri Steffes
Terri Steffes

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