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Abby

When (If) Winter Ends…

by Abby on March 2, 2015

in College Life

As it starts to get warmer out and the sun begins to peek through those winter days, I start to get excited! My favorite time of the year is here, the season of bike rides, lakes, and most importantly warm weather! My favorite thing to do this time of year is to go explore Forest Park. There is so much to do and see there that you could spend days just walking the paths. My favorite spot in the huge park is Art Hill. It is the perfect place for a picnic or even to just study while enjoying the fresh air. Forest Park is the best place to experience both nature and the St. Louis culture- it is a perfect balance. Here you will see musical talent, golfers, bike riders, lovers, painters, and so many other amazing people and things. One thing that I did at Forest Park this past summer was paddle boating. I went with three friends and we had an amazing time, ending the perfect day with sandwiches at the Perk Cafe, located right in the heart of Forest Park. I would suggest visiting this amazing park any chance you can get. The great thing about it is that it is so close to Fontbonne and provides a perfect little getaway.

 

Some friends and I on Art Hill during the fall.

 

Some friends and I at Art Hill during the fall.

 

 

Forest Park Boathouse.

 

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It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie stars walking out of the ocean for the paparazzi. However, there are plenty of things to do and plenty of time to do them!

For me, going to the pool is an every day activity! In my hometown of Washington, Mo (s/o all you country folk) there is not much to do. I live in a subdivision with a neighborhood pool that is open to all who live there. I think I literally go there every day! Another one of my favorite things to do during the summer is run outside. Conveniently, the pool is about 1.5 miles from my house. Making a great destination, I usually run to the pool and kill two birds with one stone. The Katy trail, one of Missouri’s most famous bike trails, runs right on the riverfront in Washington. Occasionally, I will drive downtown with my bike to take a little stroll. I am more of a jogging type of guy but you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!

I find myself driving to the city (STL) all the time. At this age, I usually make the trip for a party or a visit to a bar, but throughout my college years, it has been a blast doing many other fun activities! The city offers things like the Zoo, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, the St. Louis Arch monument, or the famous city museum. For all you lovers out there, all of which are great ideas for date, just to mix things up from the typical dinner and a movie! If you enjoy listening to music, the St. Louis Pageant and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater are great for local or big time bands/artists. Another attraction is Forest Park. Only a short walk from Fontbonne, this park holds activities like hot air balloon races, carnivals, charity runs, wine festivals, concerts, you name it and it has probably happened there at some point.

While you won’t see Zac Efron  in his bathing suit, or playmates taking a stroll down the beach, STL has a powerful atmosphere that will not disappoint you!

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A week ago we had a surprise snow day at Fontbonne! A friend and I decided to make the most of our snow day and made some great memories!

First, we went sledding on Art Hill in Forest Park! It was my first time sledding there and I absolutely loved it! There were tons of other people there enjoying their snow day, just like we were. We had a blast sledding down Art Hill, but the trek back up was a bit of a workout. :) It was totally worth it though!

After some sledding we stopped by Starbucks for some coffee to warm us up! It was much needed. I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes after spending a couple hours outdoor in the cold winter weather! We sat in Starbucks for a little while and caught each other up on what was happening in our lives, which is always a good thing! It’s hard to keep track of what’s happening in each others lives during a busy school week, so the snow day gave us time to catch up!

To finish off our snow day, we watched The Great Gatsby! That was the first time I had ever seen it and I adored it! I think its one of my favorite movies now! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it!

A week later, I reminiscing on that wonderful day full of fun that I got to spend with a great friend!

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Sarah

Why I love St. Louis

by Sarah on October 7, 2014

in In Saint Louis

If someone were to ask me, why I love St. Louis, I am not too sure if I could give exactly one particular reason as to why. I can think of a few reasons though, such as the big town, small city feeling; short commutes; several forms of entertainment close in proximity; there are so many events that so on throughout the year across the city and much more!

When someone asks where I live, I always ask them in return, “Well, do you know where Ted Drewes is?” Usually I will have a positive answer in return, and so then I tell them that I live right by there. It is pretty great to have the privilege to use a national landmark as a location to explain where you live. What could be better than that? No I do not go and eat Ted Drewes every evening or multiple nights a week, rather just a few times a year. I don’t want to get sick of its good taste and quality!

Since I live in a great location, and by a great neighborhood park as well as Roman Catholic parish, I have the availability to get around pretty well. Whenever I need to take a drive somewhere, all I need to do is plan for a 15-25 minute drive. I would say that that is not a long driving distance, rather just the perfect amount almost. There are also plenty of highways for St. Louis, about five total, or else I counted incorrectly. Though I use just about three of those high ways mainly, along with several main roads to get to places. Now having grown up in the city of St. Louis, I can say that I know a fair amount of the back roads to get to and from places when other roads are backed up with traffic. Now I will be honest and say that St. Louis does not have the best drives year round, but I think that practically all cities may have this predicament, since all of us are held responsible for our behaviors towards others.

I know that I cannot speak for other cites when I talk about attractions but I know St. Louis has several free and paid attractions all over the area. In addition to these attractions, there are events that are held year round, or depending on the season, if you are willing to seek them out. Most of us have heard of the great frozen custard treat – Ted Drews – so I know that I don’t have to speak much on that topic. There is the St. Louis Science Center which is free and open to the public, even though parking is $10, I can share a secret. Being that if you park across the highway at the planetarium, parking is free, though I am not sure how many people may know about this. When you park at the planetarium, over in Forest Park, you can take the bridge back over to the main Science Center building, what a deal! There is also, near to Forest Park, the Chess Hall of Fame, which I have heard is quite an interesting place to go and visit which not many may know about either. In addition to the Chess Hall of Fame, there is the Soccer Hall of Fame, which is close to Forest Park but more near Tower Grove Park. Now this last attraction that I know is present year round would be the Star Walk of Fame down in the Loop, literally on the Delmar Loop. I would walk this with my mom as a kid, and basically hop along from star to star of famous people. I enjoyed myself and the opportunity to learn new names of people I may not have known become that time, especially people from St. Louis who have made an impact on the city.

Going back to the seasonal attractions, I will take a moment to advertise about a local known attraction to the St. Louis Hills area, as well as those who have heard from our local news stations. This attraction only becomes known mostly in the winter months when everyone is looking for places to watch Christmas lights and having quality bonding time as a family. This attraction is on the 6500 block of Murdoch Ave, where EVERYONE and I mean everyone on that block has a house with lights on it, but there is much more than that. I know someone who lights up in Christmas lights, attaching her electrical cord to a lamp post to show her dedication to the neighborhood. The lamp posts have lights around them, the neighborhood banners are decorated and much more! Now I can say that I actually am part of this neighborhood that does all of the Christmas lights, though I am about 2 or so blocks down from the main extravaganza. I love living in the Metro St. Louis City area, and not in the county, mainly because I feel I am truly a part of the city. I am not saying that anyone who does not live in St. Louis City is not part of the city as well, no, that is not what I am saying at all.

I could continue to go on further about the reasons as to why I love my hometown, though I also know I can lead you to a list of many opportunities to enjoy this lovely city too. Below is a link that I actually use to create my bucket-lists for the summer each year, along with several other websites but I am just providing one for now. In addition to this website link, I have provided the link that Fontbonne University uses for students to see and learn about the attractions around us here in Clayton for more information.

http://www.stlmag.com/best-of-SLM/101-must-dos/101-Things-Every-St-Louisan-Must-Do/

www.fontbonne.edu/stlouis

Also, I am posting a picture of the woman that puts on so many lights for the Candy Cane lane attraction, which has several of the lights in the background, hope you enjoy!Candy Cane Lane

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St. Paul to St. Louis

by Abby September 29, 2014

Without having a car here on campus I get to experience this beautiful city by foot or by bike! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and I love being somewhere new where I don’t know where I’m going and what I am going to find. Biking around the Fontbonne University area the past few weeks […]

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Tour of St. Louis

by Sara September 29, 2014

The office of international admissions organizes a tour for all Fontbonne students. Since I came in spring, this was the first time I had the opportunity to join the adventure. The tour was on Saturday 13th and we started at 9:30 am, too early for a Saturday! But it was a nice day outside and […]

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The Guide to STL: From a Non-St. Louisan

by Cathy September 29, 2014

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, where the hottest hang out was a park (with a twisty slide!), I found St. Louis exciting. Everything felt new and fresh, I could even walk to places! That being said, I want to tell you the best things to do here — and there’s a lot. So, my […]

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Twinkle twinkle, big balloons!

by Sara September 23, 2014

When I heard about the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow, I was really excited: I have always wanted to see the big balloons! This Fall Spirit Week was full of fun events and I was lucky to be able to go to the Cardinal’s game on Tuesday and the Balloon Glow festival on Friday. A […]

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Forest Park

by Alumni Posts June 17, 2014

If you are ever looking for somewhere to go during the summer on a nice day. I would recommend Forest Park. Forest Park is located around the corner from Fontbonne, just past Skinker Blvd. There’s the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum and so much more. The best thing about it is that everything is free! […]

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St. Louis’ Perks

by Joanna March 31, 2014

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/st-louis-reasons-to-love_n_4993763.html?utm_hp_ref=tw After reading this article in The Huffington Post, I have to say I agree with it. I am not a St. Louis native, but in the few months I have lived here, I have learned that there really  are a lot of wonderful things about St. Louis. St. Louis is a very friendly city, […]

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