Gateway Arch is without a doubt the symbol of the city. It was a gloomy day, but the park path that leads down to the arch was really beautiful, with the river running along one side, still full of barges and some steam boats. The arch was impressive as always, symbolizing the gateway to the west which was opened up in part, thanks to Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase. You can learn about it in the Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the arch. My hubby took the two artsy shots of the arch on the left above, and I really like them!
Soulard Farmer's Market. This is quite an historic market, with it's beginnings in 1779 when farmer's came to this site (a field then) to sell what they grew. It now spans two city blocks and has two main buildings plus outdoor area for warm weather vendor expansion. There was an inspiring array of beautiful produce, meats, seafood, eggs, cheese and baked goods. Of course we indulged at the Soulard Bakery to sample a St. Louis classic - Gooey Butter Cake - oh my!! But now I'm getting ahead of myself because St. Louis Part 2 will be all about the food. Stay tuned!