Monday, July 16, 2007

St. Louis

Kenny and I took some day trips from the Rally in order to see the sights of St. Louis. Included in these pictures you will see the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis a gorgeous cathedral covered in mosaics made of colored glass. This Cathedral is over 100 years old (begun in 1907) and took over 80 years to complete.

These mosaics are made with more than 41 million pieces of glass and have over 8000 shades of color. The church is built in the Byzantine tradition.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis:

Botanical Gardens: The parks and the botanical gardens demonstrate the commitment of the founders of St. Louis to value more than just work and business. They have truly made an investment in the arts and the beauty of nature throughout the city.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Saint Louis Arch):

From the Bottom:

Looking up at the 630 foot tall monument from underneath.

Going up in specially designed barrel shaped tram carts that actually rotate as you go up the side of the arch! Five people to a tram car.

Barges push coal down the Missippi River.

From the Top:

My engineer next to some of the great engineers who built the arch! By the way, one of the engineers who worked on the arch was able to go on the trip with us and give us a first hand account of what it was like to build the arch and some of the challenges they faced. Bob Bogar shared so many remembrances not only of the arch, but of his life as an engineer in St. Louis, West Virginia, and Florida. He had his hand in many diverse project and certainly had a wonderful outlook on all the different things he was able to be a part of.

Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale Horses: Our tour was a bit behind schedule so we took a tour of the stables where the Clydesdales hang out and then on to sampling for those who wanted to.

1 comment:

Hannatu said...

Just read all your posts. Sounds like you're having a great time!