For lunch, we tried our luck at Pappy’s BBQ, but the line up was huge. No doubt the smells emanating from the smokers out front were pulling in crowds from miles around. Instead, we went next door for some Southern style deep-fried chicken, where “mild” was anything but. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at the nearby St. Louis Cathedral Basilica to admire the impressive mosaics that adorn the entire interior. Over 83 thousand square feet of walls and ceilings are adorned with 41.5 million mosaic tiles, and the effect is truly impressive. It wasn't the only time on our trip that we felt like we were somewhere much more ancient than a midwestern US city, when in fact the cathedrals is only just over 100 years old.
From brunch we headed to the nearby Forest Park for a final bit of touristing out in the sunshine. Forest Park is the largest city park in the US, and features an amazing landscape of rolling hills, winding rivers and lakes, and a collection of different museums. At times it was hard to believe we were in the US; looking up at the magnificent art gallery up on a hill we could have been somewhere in Europe looking up at a grand old palace. We had a bit of a drive around the park before stopping for a stroll up to the World’s Fair Pavilion, where we could take in the view from up high.
So, after not really knowing anything about St. Louis beforehand, we ended up having a great weekend, in no small part due to the fun times spent with family and friends.