And it’s home again, home again, jiggity jig! While I love to head out of dodge from time to time there’s nothing better than coming home. Oscar and Ollie were a sight for sore eyes, and I was more than happy to fall into bed last night in my own bed with my own pillows. Ten days is a good amount of time to miss home sweet home. But there’s nothing better for your soul than traveling the world. One of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain says, "travel is fatal to prejudice.”
Before returning to regular content, I want to show you a full look at my river cruise---a few more snippets of my all-inclusive Lower Mississippi riverboat cruise aboard the American Queen. If you’re interested in more information about American Queen Voyages, feel free to reach out or head over to American Queen Voyages to learn more about river cruises here in America. American Queen Voyages sail on Rivers, Lakes & Oceans, and they have an Expedition Cruise as well.
Today, I'm sharing a full look at my river cruise
From New Orleans to Memphis, I'm showing you the highlights of the river boat and our daily tours
I've also pulled in a few of the outfits I wore on the trip
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Last Sunday, Kelly and I flew down to New Orleans, caught a glimpse of Mardi Gras parades, dined at Napoleon’s, and caught a jazz show at Preservation Hall. Then bright and early Monday morning, our river cruise began with a jazz brunch and tour of NOLA. That evening at 5 pm, the paddleboat American Queen set sail with a final destination of Memphis.
Here’s a peek at our cabin General Stonewall Jackson appointed with twin beds. It was spacious enough for the two of us, although we spent little time there as our cruise was jam-packed with excursions, dinners, and shows! The American Queen has a small fitness center, a pool, and breathtaking views of the Mississippi, especially at sunset.
Day One we toured Nottoway and enjoyed a Valentine’s Day brunch.
Day Two we stopped in St. Francisville and had the best biscuit sandwich at The Birdman Coffee & Books.
On day Three, the boat stopped in Natchez, MS, where we toured an Episcopal church and cemetery, Stanton Hall, where part of the mini-series North-South was filmed, enjoyed a lovely lunch, and toured the cutest bed & breakfast, complete with a Blues concert.
Day Four found us in Vicksburg, where we toured Vicksburg Battlefield. One thing I loved about this river cruise was its steeped in American history, from music to plantations, to battlefields, to the King of rock and roll - Elvis. I’m always interested to learn more about America - the good, the bad, and the ugly because that’s what history is all about.
Day Five and Six we spent cruising on the Mississippi, enjoyed a fantastic jazz band, ate some delicious food (maybe too much delicious food), and watched a biscuit and bourbon coffee demonstration by the talented Regina Charboneau, who, by the way, is the culinary ambassador for American Queen Voyages, and were entertained by the onboard dinner shows! Yours truly gave a talk Saturday afternoon about packing tips and creating a style uniform, complete with a scarf tutorial at the end.
Here’s a photo taken with the lovely President of American Queen Voyages, Cindy A’Oust. I had the pleasure of spending time with Cindy and was able to share how a-ma-zing the staff was abroad, The American Queen. One associate overheard me being out of contact solution and promptly brought a bottle from her stash! Now that’s service!
The trip wrapped up in Memphis, TN with a tour of Graceland. Kelly and I spent the night at the Peabody Hotel then flew home on Tuesday. I will share snippets of Memphis next week since I thought Graceland deserved an entire blog post.
Here are a few of the perks of the American Queen: