Above the City


Brittany from Va Voom Vintage in 1960's dress with knitted cape, lucite handbag and beehive hair

On Saturday, we took the kids to the St Louis Arch for the first time. I have been going since I was a little kid but Pj has only been to the top twice.

The St Louis Arch

It was so crowded, we spent most of the day hanging around the Museum of Westward Expansion, which is underground, below the arch.

antique red carriage with yellow wheels

We waited in line in what seemed like an eternity but finally our turn was next

st louis gateway arch tram ride via Va-Voom Vintage

The arch operates on a tram system. You are packed like a sardine into these 5 seat pods that carry you on a very bumpy, loud, grinding-metal ride to the top. The doors are clear glass so you can see the inner workings of the amazing monument.

Since you wait so long to get to the top, they don't limit how long you can hang around once you get up there. Olivia was SO happy, laying on the carpeted platform by the window, looking down at the tiny ant people and city below. She said "It's so byooful, mommy! It's like a nice, happy dream!"  Rhys, on the other hand, who is my fearless wild man, took a 5 minute look out the window and then said "I scared! Down!!" for the first time.

top of the St Louis gateway arch windows overlooking the city

view of St Louis from the top of the Arch

view of St Louis from the top of the Arch
view of St Louis from the top of the Arch

Olivia could have stayed up there forever but it was very crowded and with a terrified little man clinging to me like a spider monkey, we took the ride back down after about 20 minutes. We exited our tram and Rhys repeated me when I said "Thank goodness"

If you visit the arch, I recommend that you:
  •  buy tickets in advance 
  •  go on a week day, if possible.
  •  don't forget your stroller, like I did
  •  don't bring an impractical lucite handbag, like I did
  •  bring your own snacks and drinks or eat before you go
  •  don't wear any metal if you can avoid it- since 9-11, they have crazy airport style security
  •  wear the most awesomely comfortable shoes that you own 
  • Go ahead and plan on watching one of the documentaries while you're there, it kills time while you wait

See the rest of our trip to the Arch along with the tutorial for my beehive hair in the April issue of Hey Doll! Vintage Magazine, which will be available this Saturday!

                 1960's Dress- Va-Voom Vinatge Shop
                 Lucite and Metal Woven Purse- Estate Sale
                 Vintage Cape- Buffalo Exchange, Columbia, MO
            Lucite Clamper bracelet and earring set- Ruby Lane


  1. We last visited inside the Arch in 1985 on the event of our firstborn's first birthday (our only child at that time!) and her paternal grandma was visiting from Connecticut. I remember it being such a LOVEly March Day, too.

    Happy week!

  2. I've been to the Arch a couple of times, but only on the ground outside- never up, never to the museum below. I really must make sure I fix that sad sorry state of affairs the next time I travel through. I never seem to have enough time to stop and do all the things I want to do!

  3. I love your cape. You look fabulous. I love the hair color too.

  4. Great photos from your outing! Seeing them makes me want to load up my brood for a trip to the arch. It is an amazing monument only a state away (from Iowa). I absolutely looove your cape!

  5. Ohhh looked like so much fun! The view is insane!!! No bueno hehe Rhys is sooo cute...awww poor lil one! xox

  6. Love your purse!I'd probably have the same reaction as your little one if I went up!Not very fond of heights.

  7. What a fun day. Amazing that you survived without a stroller. Cant wait for the hair tutorial.

    1. I know! I can't believe that we forgot ours! The kids were so tired and crabby too but they did pretty well considering everything. Rhys is getting good at holding hands! :P

  8. I love that cape, it looks so comfy! And Oh no! on the stroller and handbag LOL I was ever so grateful when my two outgrew the darned stroller ;)

  9. What a view and even brave men get scared! :)

  10. You look sensational! I really cannot gush enough over how very much I adore your new hair cut and colour. You're a knockout and then some, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  11. Poor Rhys! My husband would sympathize with him, he is petrified of heights. I love your outfit and hair. You look fabulous!

  12. I've been planning on a trip to St. Louis and now I know I'm going. thanks for the great pics. Your kids are adorable.


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