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  • Day3

    06-12 AQSC - Nottoway Plantation

    June 12 in the United States

    Up for bkfst at the Front Porch Cafe dining area. 8:30am Riverlorian talk about the Mississippi, the boats we would see, sand the boat we are on. 9:30am was presentation about our ports of call and excursions. 11:30am was light lunch, then 12:00 we debarked at Nottoway Plantation. The only thing at le stop was the plantation and grounds. Did the 1 hour tour at 12:30 pm. Pretty warm, but mansion was air conditioned. One of largest in south, and escaped much destruction during Civil War. Pretty big and impressive, sitting all by itself amidst lots of sugar cane fields. Went back to the boat, mother to rest, I checked out bike and road along the river road. Pretty hot and humid, but nice to be alone. Unfortunately, levee blocks view of Mississippi River, even though road follows the river. Road up river for aways and then down river to White Castle, then back to ship. Took quick in the pool, then changed for Capts champagne reception. Then nice dinner. Then we went to cheesey Americana musical show by the "Steamboat Synchopators" and singing ensemble.Read more

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    06-11 AQSC Plantation Swamp tour

    June 11 in the United States

    Up at 6am to get our bags ready for pickup by cruise company at 8am. Bkfst buffet at 7am. Then boarded bus for tour. Headed out to Houmas House (about 1 hr drive). Had excellent tour of mansion chat has been owned and modified by several owners since early 1800's. Currently owned by Mr Kelley who lives there and is continually renovating. Used as wedding venue and has cottages fir rent. Beautiful grounds and wonderful old pieces inside. Including Steinway piano ftom 1901. Then very good buffet lunch at dining facility at mansion - lots of LA food including red beans and rice, fried catfish, gumbo ettoufee. Back on bus out to Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. Big party boat that held all 50 of us. Lots of alligators and raccoons - they attract them with marshmallows. Also saw some herons. Back to Hilton Riverside for embarcation on American Queen. First dinner at 5:15,pm. Food pretty good, but service was kind of scattered.Read more

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    06-10 Hop On & Off, French Quarter

    June 10 in the United States

    Had another great bkfst buffet. Out the door and to Jackson Square for the French Quarter walking tour with Hop On guide. Walked the neighborhood surrounding Jackson Square, learned a lot about history and settlement of NO. Learned about Fr Quarter and buildings. Finished about noon. Checked out inside of St Louis Cathedral just as mass was letting out. Then walked Mother back to bus stop back to hotel. Big thunderstorm hit, I was in cute artist collective gallery. It finally let up and i just showed walking thru Fr Qtr again. Walked up and thru Louis Armstrong park, Bourbon Street, and back to Creole Festival stage. Grabbed some bruchetta and pesto with a beer for late lunch. Walked back up thru Fr Market back to hotel. Checked in for cruise. Showed and had dinner at Archie Mannings restaurant. Then back to hotel to pack up to leave tomorrow at 8am.Read more

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    06-09 Hop On bus and Jackson Square

    June 10 in the United States

    Slept well and started day with excellent hot buffet. Took Hop On bus at stop 7 (across the street) up to stop 11 for Garden District walking tour. Guide did well and tried to keep us in the shade. At end of tour Mother went back to stop to cool off at small coffee shop. I walked up to the Laffayette Cemetery for a quick walk through, then back to coffee shop. We jumped back on bus and went around back to stop 1, Jackson Square. Wandered to river front Cafe Du Monde (long line for binets), around some of the square then up thru French Market. Since it was Creole Tomato Festival, I got a bloody mary. Every one walks around "Day Drinking". Then we walked to stop 3, where mother caught bus back to Hilton. I wandered thru Fr Qtr - lots of jazz bars everywhere. Tomato Festival stage had great music. As i was walking back thru Fr Matket, another band started playing which attracted all sorts of people. Walking home at about 5pm I found route for the Naked Bike parade and stayed to watch. Lots of crazy people on bikes, some totally naked, some in things and tassels, and others in costume. Amazing, and so many people! This town is crazy. Back to hotel, quick shower and then dinnet at Gordon Beirsch.Read more

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    06-08 Flight to New Orleans

    June 10 in the United States

    Had quick bkfst at home then Steve drove Mother & I to Sacto airport for 11:35am Southwest flight to NO. Had done Early Bird checkin so got to board with first group. Flew to NO with 2 hour layover in Dallas. Arrived NO about 9:45pm. Took taxi (cheaper than shuttle) to Hilton Riverside. Checked into room, but no view. Talked to desk, for extra $35/ night we upgraded to river view room on 11th floor! Finally in bed about 11:30pm!Read more

  • Day8

    06-01 Akumal to Sacto - fly home

    June 1 in the United States

    Woke early, read for a bit then packed for trip home. Sara got up hard some bkfst and we geaded out about 9ish for some quick shopping. I could only find a turtle refrigerator magnet. Left condo about 10 fir drive back to Cancun car rental return and airport. Trip went well until about 100 yards ftom airport exit. We got flagged over some going thru police check point. We asked what was problem and police pointed at Sam for no seat belt! Steve literally had no cash for the fine, they made him check with others in the car, I had $28 (US) and they decided that that was enough and finally let us go. Turned in car, agency really took their time inspecting the car. Finally got into airport, had some lunch and said goodbye to Sam. He flew to LV to meet up with Katie and her family for the weekend. The 3 of us continued on to Sacto via 4 hour layover in Houston.Read more

  • Day7

    Another lazy morning, hot but more wind and clouds keeping things a bit cooler. Make your own bkfst, and then reading by the pool (in the shade!). Drove into Akumal "pueblo" about 1:30pm for lunch at taqueria. Back to condo, then walked to Yal Ku lagoon to do some snorkeling in a very calm lagoon. Sara stayed at condo as she isn't that thrilled with snorkeling. Steve, Sam, and I liked it because of beautiful setting and calm waters. Saw lots of beautiful fish including huge parrot fish, and the guys spotted a barracuda. The grounds around lagoon are beautifully laid out with lovely sculptured statues. Came back to condo, read some more, then dinner at Buena Vida. Just okay meal, but our last, so kids did a short of tequila. I had "Mud Slide" slushy drink which was surprisingly good.Read more

  • Day6

    Slept then bkfst in condo ( cereal etc), then just reading around pool. Nice leisurely morning. Decided to go to Akumal Bay and Akumal Dive shop to snorkle fir turtles. Had quick lunch at Lol-Ha cafe. Checked with sunbr shop to understand where public can go watch turtles fir free. Piblis area was abit 60 meters south of dive shop, beautiful public beach. Rented life jackets which are strongly suggested. Seam out threw lots 9f sweed weed, but did get ti see 3,-5 turtles feeding on fine grass. Really liked, plus they would rise up to surface right next to you. Got more pedos and beer, and headed back to condo. Had some cocktails while everyone read. Then walked south about 2 tenths of a mile to great restaursnt, La Lunita, which is right on beach, and made great food..Read more

  • Day5

    Left Valladolid about 10am after bkfst at hotel. Drove hwy 180 to Coba ruins. Started 90 minute tour about 11:30am. Very hot and humid in Coba. Walked first part of tour with guide. Then rented bicycles yo ride about 2km out thru jungle to largest temple. Kind of nice to wind while riding bike. Finished tour out at large temple. Guide leaves you to climb temple on your own. About 140 meters tall, steep hot stair climb. Nice jungle view from up top, then climb back down, ride back thru jungle to return bikes. Left about 1:30pm - again we were drenxhed and hot. Grabbed drinks and snacks and decided to head to Akumal in air conditioned car. Arrived at condo about 4pm and checked in with mngr. Condo nice, but hot. Lots of smelling seaweed on beach all around. Unloaded and then headed back to Akumal Dive shop, grocery store and then dinner on beach at Hol-La restsurant. Everyone tired and grumpy until we finally got some drinks and food. Back to condo, sat out by pool and beach cause house was to hot. Luckily each bedroom has its own AC unit.Read more

  • Day4

    Brkfst at the hotel (incl) and then on the road to Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza via hwy 180 by 8:45am. Arrived at ruins about 10ish, parked and hired one of many guides available right at entrance for 2 hour tour. He said he was mayan and gave great tour to all significant ruins. Location and ruins very spread out, very busy, tons of vendors everywhere, and very hot and humid. Ruins were so cool, but the sun and humidity was rough. Saw mainly temples, then ball court, then stone homes and common people mud homes. Finished about noon and went inside restaurant to cool off and then stayed for lunch. Very good food and cooling smoothies!
    Drive to 2 cenotes by Dzitnup - Samula and X'Kenken. You can pay 1 price ($125 mxp) fir entry to both cenotes. You have to walk thru lots of vendors to get the pools. Samula has big island in the middle if underground pool, and X'Kenken has huge stalagmites hanging down from roof (lots of cave like formations). Both were really cool and refreshing, but kind of dark and dank smelling with the black catfish swimming around. Kind of un-nerving. They all have ropes strung across water so you can rest ftom swimming. Then back to hotel, showered, rested, then back out to city square for dinner. Still lots of people out, and music on speakers. There were signs saying it was Valladolid's 475 anniversary.
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