Friday, March 26, 2010

Laura comes to town...


This is Laura. We've gone to school together since the 1st grade and we actually knew about each other since the 3rd grade. We have proof - since we both crossed out the other's face in our respective yearbooks. Apparently, we weren't on good terms at the time. Then 7th grade band rolled around and we've been close friends ever since.


We've kept in touch through the years, sometimes only talking once every couple of months to talking every week. What never changed was how much I love having her in my life and how rich our long friendship has become. So, to celebrate 20 plus years of friendship and to just plain old hang out, Laura drove all the way over to St. Louis from Tulsa last weekend and we had us a grand ol'time.


I promised Laura a long time ago that when she visited, we would go on a ghost tour. Now, ghost tours are actually more like historical walking tours and can be super fun. Unfortunately, March is still considered iffy weather-wise for outdoor walking tours, so I came up with the next best thing - a haunted tour of St. Louis' Lemp Mansion. It's actually very well documented as a haunted house and I was excited if somewhat apprehensive about seeing an actual ghost.


Well, we really didn't need to be worried. The mansion itself is, of course, super spooky and full of creaking boards, creepy paintings and stuffy rooms. The "orb" above is the only ghost-ish thing we caught on camera. Now, we photographed a ton of them though, so make of that what you will. Apparently, the guides didn't think much of it since they just shrugged when we showed them.

So, while we didn't actually see anything scary it was fun nonetheless to walk around a dark creepy house for a few hours!


Potential visitors be warned: I will fill your entire day with kitschy tourist activities, since that is pretty much what we have to offer in St. Louis. Starting with the fabulous (and non-kitschy) Soulard Farmer's Market. It's the oldest Farmer's Market west of the Mississippi, having been established in 1779. And it is just so much fun!
It's still a traditional market, with a butcher's shop, spice shop and cute grocery in the interior.

And the produce! Oh my, everything looked delicious!

We met a local soap maker and had a great time picking out various bars. I bought a "shampoo" soap, which I have yet to try but have high hopes for.

Laura and I most enjoyed this tiny, adorable little spice shop. I bought a large bottle of imported extra virgin olive oil (for $11!!) and some chicory coffee. Laura nabbed some chicken spices and some coffee as well.

Many of the sellers informed me that the best shopping days are Saturdays and Sundays, so I will be making another visit very soon!

After our visit to the market, I dragged Laura to the St. Louis Arch. She had never been and is scared of heights...PERFECT! Apparently, rides to the top are much in demand since they were sold out for the next two days. Meh, that was fine with us.

After lunch at Laclede's Landing, we decided to visit a wax museum. I had only ever been to a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum and so I was curious what this one would be all about.

Apparently not much. It was quite the kooky place.

After relaxing a bit from our day, Laura and I met went out to Sasha's with my sister, Caroline and her friend Lauren. Sasha's is a lovely little wine bar that offers tappas to go with the wine...

like this delicious "cheese from around the world" plate. The cheese was gone in about 5 minutes.

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and just talking with friends. The following day Laura I spent hanging out with my family and enjoyed a very low-key evening.
Laura, I love you lots! Thanks to Brent and Avery for letting you go for a few days and I hope that we can make this a yearly tradition!!

13 comments:

Sarah M. Anderson said...

To heck with my folks. I'm going to start staying with you!

LauraBlab said...

I love how the pictures turned out! What a fantastic blog of my visit. I cannot believe the ghost @ #5 - oh wait, that is me. You are the best hostess, and I had a wonderful time. We have to do this again soon. We can skip the wax museum and "Show Me's" next time!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

What beautiful photos of your day with your friend. Thanks for sharing your fun with us!

lucylucia said...

Sally - You are always welcome! :)

Laura - Yeah, that ghost is SUPER scary...oh wait! I miss you!

JAPRA - We had so much fun bouncing around the town!

jaxmom said...

Fun!! I remember Laura!! What an amazing thing that you two still keep in touch after all these years...

lucylucia said...

Lindsey - It was such a fun visit! Laura and I saw each other briefly about 3 years ago, otherwise it's been phone calls for years! So it was especially nice!!

Aili said...

It was so fun to catch up with you, Laura! What great photos, Lu, we're going to the Farmers Market together next time. Hey, it kinda looks a bit like Cartago, no?

lucylucia said...

Aili - it does. You would LOVE it. Heck, I love it and want to go back too!

Julia said...

Loved the photos...I need to remember the places you went for my next out of town visitors!

Mama Nae said...

We have a Wax Museum in St. Louis? I need to get out more! And I would love to go the the Soulard Market sometime... Looks wonderful!

Shay said...

You are the hostess with the mostess! Looks like you two had a super weekend. And Laura looks just like she did in those pics from Freshman year in college!

OMGosh, the word verification says "Orb" How spooky is that????

Hannah said...

Laura is ageless. I swear she hasn't changed a bit!

LauraBlab said...

Lucy - did you ever try the soap? Don't put it on your hair..if you haven't already. I think I know why she was wearing a hat. I did love the smell though, but it only lasted a week. I am already missing St. Louis & you. There really is so much to do. Frozen custard and Italian food are a must next time I come up!

Aili - I loved catching up with you too! Your kiddos are just adorable.

Hannah & Shay - thanks for the age comments. I needed to hear that since I have a birthday later on this month, and I am not feelin' so young at the moment.