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If anyone has been on Snapchat the last week or so, you have probably seen the flags that are on Art Hill in Forest Park in Saint Louis. Over 7,000 flags have been placed in Forest Park to honor the lives of 7,000 fallen soldiers from wars from Afghanistan and Iraq and never made it back home to their families.

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Overwhelming is the only word that I can use to describe the experience of walking through the flags at sunset. The lights have come on and illuminate the flags as they steadily blow in the wind. It is heart wrenching to go up to the various flags and seeing the dog tags and image of the fallen soldier that the given flag represents. The fountains in the Great Basin provides a steady background noise to accompany the somber ambiance that fills the park.

Although the display was only up for a few days, it was a moving display of public art and act of remembrance for the soldiers who gave their lives for our country since the tragic events of 9/11.

 

xoxo,

Claire

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Summer in STL

by Claire on April 28, 2016

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Sad to say this is my last post for the 2015-2016 school year, but I am happy that is almost summer in STL! There are so many things to do in Saint Louis from May to August, so I thought I’d share some ideas with you!

1. Go to the boathouse and ride paddleboats


2. Go to the Zoo


3. Walk around in the Loop or Central West End and grab a bite to eat


4. Go to the Art or History Museum when it is too hot to be outside


5. See the Arch and go inside when construction is complete


6. Go to Crown Candy and cool off with a great milkshake


7. Go to Six Flags or a waterpark


8. Go to the City Museum and let your little kid self out

These are just a few of the things I will be doing this summer and you should too!! Remember to have fun this summer and not have to worry about the stress and anxieties of school for a few months. Good luck to all on finals and taking summer classes.

See ya in the Fall, Fonty!

XOXO,
Claire

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Of all the seasons in the midwest, I have to say that autumn is hands down my favorite one. The weather has cooled down from the hot weather of summer, but hasn’t hasn’t become the unbearable cold of winter. Everything is crisp and there’s a riot of color everywhere. One of my favorite activities in autumn is to go for long walks around my neighborhood, in the parks, and hiking out on the trails. The changing leaves make for a beautiful landscape and the weather lends itself well to wearing hoodies and drinking hot beverages.

My favorite park to walk in is Tower Grove (mostly because it’s so close to my house), but there are tons of parks in the city from which to choose. Forest Park is probably the best known one, and Lafayette Square park is small but so full of color it’s worth going to. I’m also a huge fan of Castlewood Park in the county for some excellent hiking, the trail is good and there are look out points on the top of a giant hill where you can see for miles. Laumeier Sculpture park offers a beautiful landscape and some really cool sculptures all throughout the grounds.

There are so many more awesome places to visit in the city and out in the county, I recommend taking some time to explore the area and enjoy the autumn colors!

 

Cheers!

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Fall is my favorite season in Saint Louis. Although this is very stereotypical, you really cannot beat a Saint Louis fall. It is not too cold and not too hot. It is a nice mix of switching back and forth between shorts and jeans and each day is a new adventure when trying to figure out what to wear. I wanted to share with you some fun and fall activities you and your friends can participate in this fall at Fontbonne.

The first thing is to just go explore Forest Park. It is beautiful to just be outside and watch the leaves change colors all around you. I am more than sure that you will be joined by lots of people walking dogs and enjoying the fall weather. Walking or paddle boating by Art Hill will allow you to see all of the beautiful colors.

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Another way to explore fall around Fontbonne is to go shopping and/or out to eat in the Loop. It is nice to walk up and down Delmar when it is this nice outside.

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Lastly, take a trip to the zoo. Although not every animal enjoys the fall weather as much as this human does, it is nice to be able to walk around the zoo and see the animals that are out and not break a sweat. A nice cup of coffee and walking around to see the animals seems like the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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Whether you’re looking for nature, food, fun, or animals, Saint Louis has a fall activity for you!

xoxo,

Claire

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[Sep 19, 2015] Downtown St. Louis tour

by Fontbonne University September 22, 2015

On September 19, 2015, the school had organized a trip to famous places in St. Louis and all students were welcome to join. Most international students were present and surely had a lot of fun. The first stop of the trip was Forest Park. The view inside is just breathtaking. The following stop was the […]

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Summer Adventures

by Fontbonne University June 29, 2015

This past week I got to meet up with my friend, Ruth! We decided to spend the entire day together since we never get to see each other during the school year. First, we went to the History Museum in Forest Park and spent about an hour there. We got to see some interesting and […]

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Top 3 Things to do in STL…They’re Free!

by Fontbonne University June 22, 2015

Wondering what to do during your long summer break? Maybe you’re getting a little bored and need some ideas of things to do? Well I’ve came up with a list of 3 things to do in the St. Louis area during your break and they’re free! 1. Take a walk through the beautiful Forest Park. […]

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The Beauty of Forest Park

by Fontbonne University April 29, 2015

Fontbonne is a couple minutes away from one of St. Louis’ greatest achievements; Forest Park. Forest Park is a beautiful park that many locals adore, including myself! The park sits on a little over 1,200 acres and is actually larger than Central Park in New York. Throughout Forest Park you’ll find rolling hills, beautiful landscapes, […]

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What Makes Fontbonne Special?

by Fontbonne University April 7, 2015

What makes Fontbonne special?  If someone were to ask me that I am not sure what I would say at first if having not thought about it prior.  Though once I begin comparing and contrasting how Fontbonne varies from my friend’s colleges I think of things right off the bat, such as how it is […]

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Forest Park Forever

by Fontbonne University April 7, 2015

I know that I’ve talked about Forest Park before, but it is truly a jewel of St. Louis! Forest Park offers so many opportunities (which are usually free!) and is a beautiful place that continues to amaze me. Now that spring is here, I am able to spend more time outside and bike over to […]

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