Thursday, September 22, 2011
Midwest Memories: Part 2: Missouri, Place of Power & Light
I love it when places surprise me. When I first learned that we would be driving through Missouri on our trip, I wasn't that excited, though the prospect of seeing the Arch was intriguing. But what I found in St. Louis and Kansas City were cities I could really appreciate. And being a city girl, that's all I could really ask for.
The Arch is 630 feet tall. We went to the top of it and looked down at the world below. This is not something you want to do if you are claustrophobic, as the cabins that ride up to the top are very very small and 5 people are crammed in a cabin. But the view is worth it. The Arch is symbolic of being a gateway to the West. It commemorates the idea of expansion and the impact it has had on the forging of our country. The tour points out that all of our national monuments are simple, striking, geometric shapes (obelisks etc.) which is why the Arch was chosen as the design.
The Garment District is a store in the heart of downtown Kansas City called the Power and Light District. And they are genius, because there is a bar right inside of this fabulous, on-trend boutique. Talk about shop 'til you drop! I loved the wall art and old signs in Kansas City. While we were walking around on Sunday morning a saxophone player serenaded the empty streets. His song made me feel as if the streets were full and alive, crowded with the ghosts of all those days passed, leaving footprints from another era. Though I had never been there before, I left Missouri with many memories. So glad this stop along the way expanded my horizons.