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ScouseLeeM on Tour
31st Oct 2017 - 2nd Nov 2017
San Antonio & St Louis

A few bonus stops here, making the most of some spare days on the way back to work..

San Antonio - an excuse to see (what remains of) the Alamo, and meander around the famous Riverwalk area, in glorious Texan sunshine. Took the opportunity to take a tour of the missions, a boat cruise, the sunken Japanese Gardens, and the Mexican market square, as well as the Tower of the Americas, built for the World Fair. A very pleasant city, friendly locals, and an excellent fast food chain in Whataburger, so highly recommended all around.

More importantly, this gave me the opportunity to be as stereotypically American as humanly possible - watching the deciding game 7 of the world series of baseball at a Hooters restaurant on the Riverwalk, eating wings and yet more tater totts while scantily clad waitresses scurried around in neon hotpants. After what seemed to take 10 days, finally the game was over and a team from Texas declared 'world' champions - cue much hi-5'ing and whooping. Yee ha Houston...who knew a game of rounders could be so popular?

St Louis - purely stopped here as i a convenient place en route to my planned wildlife adventure in Florida, and a chance to see the St Louis Arch. Not a place I would recommend to tourists, unless you are driving through, I really couldn't find anything other than the Arch of note. Still very impressive for what it is - cruised the Mississipi on an old paddle steamer, then took the 'tram' inside the arch to the top, for a city skyline view.

This is definitely not for the claustrophobic! The tram is basically like being sealed in a coffin - no windows, steaming hot, and chunders sideways then upwards, sideways, upwards, taking 4 minutes in total to reach the top. Once there, it took about 30 seconds to see what there was to see through narrow slit windows (a baseball stadium and the old court house), then time to suffer in the torture sweatbox again to return to ground level.

The overwhelming highlight of St Louis turned out to be a staggeringly good food truck parked on the main street leading to the Arch - yep, even more tater totts! This time, 'fully loaded' totts, smothered in cheese and bacon. I wil be lucky to see the end of 2017 at this rate...

Stopevers complete, on to Florida and Crystal Lakes to snorkel with manatees. That is, if I can still float after all these sodding tater totts, wings, steaks, and burgers.



Next: Swimming with Manatees - Crystal Lakes & Homosassa
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Diary Photos
31st Oct 2017  St Louis arch + Old Courthouse
St Louis arch + Old Courthouse

31st Oct 2017  We all gonna die...
We all gonna die...

31st Oct 2017  Alamo
Alamo

31st Oct 2017  Alamo
Alamo

1st Nov 2017  Alamo memorial
Alamo memorial

1st Nov 2017  Alamo memorial
Alamo memorial

1st Nov 2017  Mission San Jose
Mission San Jose

1st Nov 2017  Mission Concepcion
Mission Concepcion

1st Nov 2017  Market Square
Market Square

1st Nov 2017  Texas Halloween
Texas Halloween

1st Nov 2017  Riverwalk San antonio
Riverwalk San antonio

1st Nov 2017  Tower of the Americas
Tower of the Americas

1st Nov 2017  San antonio cathedral
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1st Nov 2017  Japanese Garden with identity crisis...
Japanese Garden with identity crisis...

1st Nov 2017  Japanese Garden with identity crisis...
Japanese Garden with identity crisis...

2nd Nov 2017  St Louis Arch
St Louis Arch

2nd Nov 2017  More St Louis arch
More St Louis arch

2nd Nov 2017  Even more St Louis arch
Even more St Louis arch

2nd Nov 2017  Yet more St Louis arch
Yet more St Louis arch

2nd Nov 2017  Mississipi
Mississipi

2nd Nov 2017  Unbelievably, even more St Louis arch
Unbelievably, even more St Louis arch

2nd Nov 2017  City view from St Louis arch
City view from St Louis arch

2nd Nov 2017  Busch stadium
Busch stadium

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