Thursday, September 22, 2011

Number 20

Just returned from cruise # 20. Had a great time and have lots of piccies to share.

This cruise departed from New Orleans, so here is Aunty ready to sail away down the mighty Mississippi. No, we did not go under that bridge. The ship was too tall, plus that was UP river. The captain had to turn the ship around when we were ready to leave.

First stop: Belize! Okay, I know I'm hopelessly dating myself, but back when I studied geography, it was called British Honduras. They were preparing to celebrate their 30th anniversary of independence on Sept. 21st.

We took a shore excursion to some FABULOUS Mayan ruins called Atun Ha. They are still excavating and restoring the pyramids at this site, which they've dated back to 250 B.C. YAY! Something older than Aunty!

Here I am standing in front of the largest of the partially restored pyramids. This one is dedicated to the Mayan sun god.

The DH climbed to the top of the pyramid (even though we were advised not to because it was threatening to rain) and took this great piccie of the view of one of the smaller pyramids.

Yes, those tiny little figures are people. It was a loong way up! An estimated 10,000 people lived in this area back in the day.

Next stop: the island of Roatan, which belongs to Honduras.

Here's the DH standing in front of the map at the Visitors' Information Center. As you can see, Roatan is a long, narrow barrier island. In other words, built a lot like my DH!

We docked at Mahogany Bay and took a taxi ride into the nearby town of Coxon Bay. On the way in to town, we saw groups of school children practicing their marching. Our taxi driver told us there was a big parade planned on Sept. 15th for Honduran independence day.

Meanwhile, back at Mahogany Bay, Aunty put on her Bandita bucket boots and took a pot shot at this scurvy knave, who claimed to be related to the Lair's Golden Rooster!

Last Stop: Cozumel, which is also an island just off the Yucatan and belongs to Mexico.

The waters off Cozumel are the clearest and prettiest I've ever seen! You can get a bit of an idea from this piccie, but trust me, it is much more gorgeous in person!

Here's a picture of one of the downtown plazas with a HUGE Mexican flag. There were tons of flags flying everywhere and a carnival in one of the main plazas because (wait for it)... They were celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16th!

What IS IT with Central American countries declaring independence in September? Aunty can only conclude that there was something "revolting" about September back in the 1800s (and right up to the 1980s in the case of Belize)!

Finally, back 'home' in New Orleans, the DH and I took a walk through the Vieux Carre or French Quarter as we tourists call it.

Here's a shot of the DH on Royal Street with one of the beautiful wrought-iron balconies for which the city is famous. New Orleans is probably the most European-feeling city in the US and I ADORE visiting there. And of course, I brought back a strand of Mardi Gras beads!

So there, in a quick encapsulation is Aunty's Cruise #20!

Have you ever visited New Orleans? What about the Caribbean? Which place have you been to that has the prettiest, bluest water?


jennifer tanner said...

Hola AC!

I've never been to the Big Easy. If I did, I'd bring pants with an elastic waistband because I'd eat my way through the city.

Thanks for sharing your cruise pics. BTW...your skin looks lovely. :)


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

VERY FUNNY on the skin remark, Jen. Since you know I was SWEATING to death in that high humidity. :-P

Trust me, ALL my clothes have elastic waistbands. It's a cruise requirement!


Jane said...

Welcome back, Aunty Cindy. I haven't been to New Orleans yet, but I do want to go someday. I want so sample some beignets and jambalaya and maybe take a ghost tour. I have been to Cozumel twice. It was one of the stops on the 3 day cruise we took. I think Hawaii(especially the Big Island) has the bluest waters that I've seen.

Helen said...

No I have never been there either maybe one day I will get there.

Love the photos and the one in the boots whoo hoo. Hubby and I have just recently booked another cruise and we depart on June 8th 2012 (still a long way off) this time we are going to Noumea, Vanuattu, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines and then 3 ports in Fiji and we are soo looking forward to it. It is 8 years since our last one and we had a great time as I am sure we will this time

Have Fun

Kathleen O said...

You had a wonderful number 20.. I have not been to New Orleans, but it is on my bucket list. My cousin was there last year and she loved it. I have not been to Honduras either,but maybe I will put in on my bucket list...

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

No worries, Jane, several beignets were consumed in your honor! ;-) I'll have to post the piccie of me eating one.

The water is pretty amazing in Hawaii, ALL the islands I've been to. Some places in Florida (specifically the Keys) it is gorgeous too. And WARM in both places. The ocean is so COLD on the California coast that I won't go in. BRRRRR!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Your next cruise sounds FANTASTIC!!! I would LOVE to go to Fiji or any of the other islands you mentioned (even if I've only heard of Vanuattu). We will expect a FULL REPORT with lots of piccies when you return!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Kathleen,
New Orleans is a MUST see, esp. the French Quarter and Garden District. And I found Honduras quite charming, or maybe that was just our cab driver, Mario. I'll have to post a piccie of him too. ;-)