When you picture an outdoor carnival, this is probably not the image that comes to mind. Sometimes, you get lucky.
Beyond the games at the annual Valley of Flowers festival sits an historic church and school. Unlike my carnival attempts, Old St. Ferdinand Shrine was a winner. It’s filled with unique and curious artifacts documenting the area’s Spanish/French heritage.
If you were wondering where to see a wax replica of St. Valentine holding actual relics of the saint, you’re in luck. Walk a few steps and you’ll find a classroom as it looked in the 1800s. And an old schoolhouse with a collection of nun dolls dressed in traditional garb. Everything is in order at this extraordinary site in old town Florissant, just north of St. Louis.
Let’s take a look . . .
The fair was good, but seeing the Shrine and some of its treasures was really great. Grab a ride and head north to visit Old St. Ferdinand Shrine.