November 13, 2010

Tennessee Bound - We're Almost There!

We got an early start the morning of October 23 because we had a long drive ahead of us starting in Kansas City Missouri and ending in Nashville Tennessee!

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After driving from one end of the State of Missouri to the other, we did have time to make a nice stop in St. Louis and see the "Gateway to the West." 

The majestic Gateway Arch, attracts more than four million guests each year. At 630 ft., our nation's tallest man-made monument has plenty of exciting activities. Take the tram ride to the top, see a documentary film, or just enjoy the view.

We didn't make it to the top, but we did enjoy walking along the cobblestone streets of Laclede's Landing past several restaurants and shops.

Laclede's Landing, the last remaining historic area of the original St. Louis riverfront, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. This 19-century, nine square block, 22-acre district is filled with cobblestone streets and cast-iron street lamps and brick buildings, and is one of the city's premiere entertainment districts offering small shops, unusual restaurants and nightclubs.

I could have spend all day here but we need to be in Nashville in time for dinner! 

We spent the next two days in Nashville with longtime friends of mine (which by the way I haven't seen for about 10 years) and enjoyed catching up while having a dinner of grilled "Melt in your Mouth" filet mignon and sipping on wine in the backyard!

Life is Good!
Next stop, Sevierville Tennessee for our first home exchange!

If you would like to see more pictures of our day, just click "Where's Debbie" and then click on the album "We're almost there".


  1. I didn't realize that St. Louis had such a beautiful historic district. I'd like to see it -- and the Arch, of course.
    I'm glad you made it to Nashville in time for dinner.

  2. Although I haven't been to the United States before, not even to Florida !! (funny thing is I've been to Aruba and everyone seemed to think I was American !! ), I feel some affiliation with the place due to one of my directions in music. I have been a long term follower of the Jazz group, The Rippingtons (although not as good these days). Why am I telling you this you ask?, well they have some rather wacky cartoon album covers with a Jazz cat on each one and if you check out images of "Live across America", you will see objects unique to the USA pinpointed around the map. I've been wondering about what this arch was for 8 years every time I look at the album cover, so today I have found out exactly what it is as this particular area of USA is relatively unknown in Europe. Thanks for that.... that's photo 1, now I'll read the rest of the post !!!


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