As promised, I’ll show you more of the city, as I had a chance to see it last week.
Some of the pictures are taken on Friday night, as few of us graders headed to dinner in the Galleria neighborhood; some – on Saturday evening, when a friend drove me to the Laumeier Sculpture Park (heroically arriving to the hotel after 4 hrs driving to pick me up – and then drive some more!) , some – next morning, as I accompanied my fellow grader Anna, who is a Polish Catholic, to the Sunday mass at Cathedral Basilica (I waited for her in the foyer and in the garden during the service – as I was practically kicked out by a sexton when I walked in into the chapel trying to see the details of the delicate stone tracery. I meant no disrespect!) After the service I was offered to be photographed next to the archbishop, but I declined: didn’t like the effect of boring black suitcase-like shoes showing up under his colorful robes. The mosaics inside are pretty impressive in their workmanship if not in the topics they depict (immigrants descending the ships docked on Missouri river, and other prosaic matters). Great acoustics, too. And I liked the little koi in the garden pond. Incense, though, is something I’ll happily live without.
I loved the neighborhood (Washington University?); such nice dignified mansions, and the coffee in a little cafe next to a Metrolink station was really good, much better than at Sheraton. Metrolink itself is impeccably clean, no graffiti, or rats..or even passengers. Walking around I snapped few examples of those dignitaries. Then I said good bye to fellow graders and walked around downtown (or “Civic Center”, as they call it in SLU [sloo:] -yep, we got the local slang revealed to us), taking pictures of my favorite subject -buildings. I was in a happiest mood: not only, as one might expected, the downtown was empty on a Sunday – it was raining and even the tourists were hiding indoors. So I had it all for myself -the neogothic skyscraper splendor next to tinted-glass massive clumps of the 80’s, and the beautiful 2yo CityGarden Sculpture park (they do love their monumental sculptures there!) on Gateway Mall – note how bitter the’ authors of the Metropolis article are about perception the outside world has of St. Louis architecture! – and Deco sentinels on War Memorial.
Click, as usual, to the pics in the Flickr window @the lower right margin (or directly here) – and enjoy it with me.