My friends are coming back to St. Louis for our 3rd annual girl’s weekend. This annual convergence is proving to be the necessary kick in the ass to complete my spring cleaning. This means cleaning out every room, closet, and drawer plus the cabinets and fridge. Not to mention sprucing up the yard, getting the windows washed, and cleaning out the car for sightseeing trips.
As the centrally located gal in the group (they come in from Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and California) it makes sense for everyone to come here. And, I love hosting my friends. Along with getting my spring cleaning Totally Completed (I’m pretty much done with closet and drawer cleaning until next spring) we get to take in the awesome things there are to do in St. Louis.
It is so true that you don’t really appreciate what you have in your own city – I was somewhere in Tuscany waiting to go into yet another church when a lady in front of me asked me where I was from. When I said St. Louis, she immediately started raving about the Cathedral Basilica and how it was one of the most beautiful churches she had ever seen. At the time, I had never been there even though I’d easily been to more than 100 churches in Italy (seriously – 5 trips = lots of churches!!) So, the first girl’s weekend we went to the Basilica (and it truly is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever been in) and walked around the park at the St. Louis Arch which I hadn’t been to since I was a kid.
Last year, we went to the Washington University / Forest Park area of town because Michaela had been reading about the 1904 World’s Fair and wanted to see the buildings that were donated to the city after. The architecture of the buildings was amazing (I beg you to take the virtual tour provided in the link – it takes you building by building and you can see why Michaela wanted us to go). I used to golf every week at Forest Park and I’m embarrassed to say that I still have never been into one of the museums which are now housed in the World’s Fair buildings. We also went back to the Arch and toured the Museum of Westward Expansion. Walking around the area made me appreciate how very pretty the waterfront park is.
This year the group has already made their list – it will be the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour. You guessed it. Never been to the Botanical Garden (can’t wait after looking on the Garden’s internet site) and even though I worked for A-B for years, have never gone on the brewery tour.
So, again this year during girl’s weekend I will get to visit two more spots that visitors come to St. Louis to do but I’ve never done. I’m thinking I need to have a lot more girl’s weekends in St. Louis as there is a lot to see and do. Maybe we need to up the weekends to twice a year. YIKES – that would mean spring cleaning again in the fall. I love my friends but spring cleaning once a year is enough for me …….