Cahokia Mounds Outing In St. Louis, MO
Cahokia MoundsClick thumbnail to view full-size
What Cahokia May have looked like in its dayClick thumbnail to view full-size
Monks MoundClick thumbnail to view full-size
Anthonino's - A Great place for Dinner
A Birthday in St. Louis Area in Missouri
My family and I shared a simple and fun day together on my birthday this year. I want to always remember it. Before I share, I ought to say that we are at a very busy point in our lives, though I guess every single stage has its busy times. My boys are getting older, and my husband and I keep plenty busy with work, family, and the house, etc.
So as my birthday approached, I knew it was a chance to do something special that I wouldn't normally get to do. We live in the St. Louis area in Missouri. I am a firm believer in doing things in your area that normally people only do when they visit an area. I mean like visiting zoos, parks, museums, or whatever is special or even ordinary in your area.
I once had a person mention they were so surprised I had never visited Cahokia Mounds since we live in this area. It is in Illinois, and perhaps that is why I had not heard of it since I have books on things to do in Missouri in particular. Regardless, it piqued my curiosity.
In short, Cahokia mounds is an ancient Native American Indian Burial ground. It is the remnants of a past civilization that seemed to disappear! It is the largest north of Mexico, in the Americas. So it was something I had to see. We never made it there in the past, and now it was my choice to do on my birthday. We were going to go see Cahokia Mounds!
We planned it for a Saturday of course, the best day for the four of us. We left after lunch, and got there in a relatively short amount of time as it is just over the border from Missouri to Illinois. What was also kind of special, is that we had to get a new car recently, as our other vehicle had hit the point of no return. It was either spend thousands to get it repaired, or trade it in for something new. This is what we did. So in our new little sporty car with a dual sunroof, we set off for Cahokia Mounds! It was a joy because there was no other agenda, nothing else pressing!
We had a wonderful time, and it was so interesting watching the movie and visiting the mounds. The biggest point of all besides the movie and museum, and inside interpretive center, was the largest mound. It is called Monks Mound. You are pretty much out of breath by the time you get to the top of all the stairs. I am so glad we went. You can also see a neat view of downtown St. Louis with the arch and everything, from the top of Monk's Mound. I would highly recommend visiting this neat area when you get the chance.
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A Birthday Dinner
Being in that area, we were going back through St. Louis. It is always neat driving back by the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and then through the area where Busch Stadium is, where the Cardinals play ball. A very interesting city.
We had in mind a couple of places, and I called my favorite, Anthonino's, on the Hill. The Hill has many amazing restaurants, delis and bakeries. Its like a little Italy of sorts, and Anthonino's is a combination of Italian and Greek Cuisine. It has won awards, and has always had very excellent food every time I have been there. We waited to be seated, and were so excited. Even waiting outside, it was a beautiful night, and strangely, it felt like I wasn't far from the ocean (being from California, I know what that is like). Being in the middle of the country, the breeze, and temperature in early May was gorgeous, and the evening perfect and beautiful.
Our food was excellent as usual! I had Chicken Marsala, and it was out of this world. It was my first time ordering it there, and I had only had a bite of it here and there in the past. It is absolutely the best Chicken Marsala I have ever had!
To Top of the Night
It was a wonderful day, peaceful, interesting and fun, with good food and even fun presents! My son got me a tea set, a hand painted travel mug with cherry blossoms on it, and the most amazing Teavana box with cherry tea in side, and a storage container! The box was even breathtakingly beautiful! That was his idea, and so very nice. My husband and other son gave me a gift card to Von Maur, and a new set of ear buds, which I needed! Von Maur is my favorite store to shop in currently, I love it!
What was unexpected at this point, was the offer to go to a later showing of The Great Gatsby with my older son, who had seen it already but knew I would love it! He wanted to see it again, and I thought no, it was too late. Still, another side of me wanted to go, and since life is seemingly flying by lately, I decided why not? He works a lot, and so do I, and I thought it was so sweet he wanted to go with me. So we went. We had a wonderful time watching a fascinating movie.
This was definitely a birthday to remember. I got three precious cards to open that night too. My family knows cards are so special, and while they didn't have to go to Hallmark and do that they did, gold seals and all!
In my heart, I feel so truly blessed and thankful for my precious family, for good times that pass too quickly, good food, and memories that are made. I really thought it would be good to share it, and write it down so I never forgot. I felt very special to be with them, and that they took the time to do what I wanted, and that it made them happy to go even if it might not have been their first pick of things to do on a Saturday. It was kind of perfect that way, as it was a good excuse for them to get to see something they may not otherwise have been able to see. Thank you to them. Thank you for reading about a special day. I wish many happy days to you in the future, and the remembering of happy days gone by, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant.
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This is a wonderful place, and I would highly recommend going there and learning more about it.