Saturday, June 20, 2009

Meet Me in St. Louis

We arrive in St. Louis, step out onto the tarmac, and are hit with a wall of heat and humidity. Ninety-five degrees that easily feel like one hundred and five. We won't be needing our sweaters here! 
Audrey feels like a celebrity as she walks down the ramp. Buses are there waiting for us right there on the tarmac and we are whisked away to the hotel.
We arrive with less than one hour to spare. Knowing this is our only chance and despite the heat, we take a quick walk to experience the awesome Gateway Arch.
Designed by Finnish architect, Eero Saarinen, it is the tallest monument in the U.S. and was built from 1963-1967.
Audrey and Lauren receive loads of attention as the youngest members of this tour. Each just five feet tall, choir members are constantly asking them how old they are. Most think 15... or 17... and are very surprised to find that they are 21 years old. "You two look too young to be in the orchestra; do your mothers know where you are?" Audrey just smiles and points to me.
On the 21st and 23rd floors of the hotel, we have some pretty terrific views from our window. Randy and I enjoy this beautiful stretch of park smack dab in the middle of St. Louis where numerous wedding parties gather for photographs.

Audrey and Lauren have a great view of the Cardinal's home stadium.
We have a bite to eat and race to the Scottrade Center where we meet up with the choir. Their tour experience began two days prior when they performed at Riverbend with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

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