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Adventure on the Mississippi

If you happen to follow me on Twitter, you know that I took a spontaneous trip to St. Louis, Missouri this past weekend.  I wanted to visit and reconnect with my friend Sean while I was still in the Midwest.  It was a great decision, as my high school buddy and I had an amazing weekend, filled with good food and better beer. 

I love visiting new cities, and although I had been in St. Louis for a few hours last summer during my road trip, I was only able to knock out The Arch and eat some fried chicken.  This time around, Sean and I made ample use of his GPS and Yelp app to find plenty of cool locales at which to wet our whistle. 

Another neat aspect of our STL adventure was that Sean is relatively new to the city, having moved there for work in January, and because he travels a lot, he was exploring and learning the city with new eyes as well.  I think we both feel a lot more knowledgeable about St. Louis after this weekend. 

It was a lot of fun to catch up with an old friend, of course, swapping stories of our time in jazz band together, but we also met up with some of his friends in the area, and got plenty of tips on which neighborhoods to hit up. 

There were lots of highlights, including McGuirk's in Soulard, The Dubliner on Wash. Ave., Modesto Tapas in The Hill, and Mandarin Lounge in Central West End.  The main touristy thing we did was take the tour at the Anheuser-Busch factory, which was interesting and well-organized.  Plus, free beer! 

Instead of naming every place we visited, I went ahead and put together my first custom Google map.  Click on the screenshot to see the public map and follow my weekend step-by-step. 

Drink St. Louis - Custom Google Map by ARMYou can see the rest of my pictures from the weekend over in my photo gallery or with captions on Picasa.  On my way home on Monday, I decided to stop in Springfield, IL to see the state capital.  I had never been, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  It was a nice little downtown area with lots of interesting Lincoln monuments. 

So, my trip to St. Louis was an all-around success, and I'm so glad I was able to make it there before I head back to the East Coast.  Thanks for the hospitality, Sean!  I know I'll be back again. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Hi, Adam, it's Sean's mom. Very nice blog! And good to see the pics from your trip to visit Sean. Looks like you both had a great time. Take care. --Therese

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTherese Brooks

Four lounges, four pubs, a couple of bars, and some custard in one weekend. You are a champion!

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMunch

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