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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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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 I have found grocery stores, museums, restaurants, beautiful fountains, and lots and lots of coffee shops.

One thing that I love about St. Louis is the amazing coffee shops. I am the type of person that likes to change up where I study, and of course, coffee is always a bonus too. There are so many great coffee shops right here in Clayton, let alone the greater St. Louis area. There is a Starbucks Coffee within about a mile in every direction, but there are also so many local places around here. One of my favorite places to bike to on a sunny day is Kaldi’s Coffee House. This is just blocks away from Fontbonne University and they have arguably the best iced mochas! The people here are so friendly and it is located in a calm and beautiful area; it is such a wonderful place to sit and relax and get some studying done.

Beyond coffee, there are so many other wonderful things to do in St. Louis such as explore the beautiful Forest Park, go to the comedy shows at Fitz’s restaurant on Thursday nights at 10:30, try the amazing local pizza places, and of course, go to the St. Louis Arch!

For more information about the fun things to do around St. Louis and Fontbonne University check out this video: http://www.fontbonne.edu/stlouis

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Sara

Tour of St. Louis

by Sara on September 29, 2014

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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 we really took advantage of the time we had available.

The first stop was Forest Park; we rode in the bus through the streets and got to see the Art Museum, the History Museum, the Boathouse, and many of the green spaces. Unfortunately there were many people in the park that day for a cross-country high school event, the traffic was very heavy and thus, we had to leave the early.

The part of the tour I liked the most was the visit to the Arch. The journey to the top of the arch is an interesting futuristic-like experience. In order to reach the top you have to get inside a very small capsule-like elevator with five seats that is completely sealed once you start ascending. The experience made me nervous but once you reach the top, it is all worth it. St. Louis looks beautiful from above!

I still have many places to visit and I am looking forward to getting to know the city!

View from the top of the arch. View from the top of the arch. Inside the top of the arch. Inside the top of the arch. Path to the arch Path to the arch

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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 top two will have to do for now.

A short walk away from Fontbonne University, there is a wonderful place called Forest Park. I like to call it the running mecca of  St. Louis because, as a runner, I’m there every day. The amount of runners, walkers, bikers, etc is amazing! The gathering of people in one spot inspires you to want to go out and breathe in fresh air! The trails are vast and nice to run, or walk, on. Forest Park is also home to beautiful sights and really awesome events. It was the place where the balloon glow occurred and many other events. Something is always going on in Forest Park and with Fontbonne being so close, I can’t help but to go out and join in.

The food and shopping options in St. Louis was a huge change! So much to do and all easily accessible, which was kind of new to me. The loop is  a great place to go for some retail therapy and lunch. My favorites include Mission Tacos, Blueprint, and Sole. Mission tacos has the best chicken tacos and I swear by them. When Blue Print has the best coffee that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve talked with the owner a lot, and he is passionate about what he does. Every cup is brewed individually and the coffee never tastes burned. They serve it from a beaker, a science beaker!

St. Louis is a pretty busy place with enough places and options to make you feel overwhelmed, but you’ll always find your favorite! Happy exploring!

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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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250 Years of StL Pride

by Alumni Posts February 17, 2014

Did you know that Listerine was once used as a floor cleaner? Or that Stan Musial had more doubles than strike outs? Or that Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll Chuck Berry continues to perform monthly right in town? These and other interesting facts may be learned at the Missouri History Museum’s newest exhibit, which celebrates […]

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Spirit in the Sky

by Alumni Posts September 17, 2013

Well, it’s time to start blogging again for the fall season, and I’m gonna go ahead and drop some exciting news to start off with a bang. But first: some important background information. About me: I’m Marielle; I’m a senior dietetics major at Fontbonne; I like running, drawing, dancing, plants, and hairless cats; I’m founder […]

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How I Spent My Snow Day

by Alumni Posts February 25, 2013

My Blog for today will come mostly in video form, which I think is exciting. Click here to see My Snow Day Vlog on YouTube! I hope you enjoyed watching my vlog, because I had a lot of fun making it. And now, some pictures! Peace, Love, & Snow Days!

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