Southern States - Part Three

By Ant

Hello! Welcome to Part Three of a retrospective of the trip Ros and I took (with my ma and pa) for my thirtieth. You can find Parts One and Two here and here respectively.

We stay in New Orleans, and this time take a trip down the mighty Mississippi River, on the Steamboat Natchez (incidentally we spent a night in Natchez, on our way up to Vicksburg - but got no photos there - anyway, where was I?). The Natchez is the last authentic steam-powered paddle boat still operating on the river. 

As we queued, we were treated to the magical piping of the organ that sits atop the boat, and billows out steam and hooting tunes.

Hilarious.

Hilarious.

Ros in the queue...

Ros in the queue...

 ...with Mum...

 ...with Mum...

 ...and Dad!

 ...and Dad!

We then took our seats and settled in for a trip a couple of miles up the river, round the bend and back again. All of this was set to a gentleman telling us all about the river and its history, and gentle jazz music played live on the lunch deck. (Lunch was not vegetarian friendly... In fact, the whole of the South is not especially vegetarian friendly.) 

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After lunch we went for a wonder around the boat. The paddle was mightily impressive; we went into the (incredibly hot) bowels of the ship, where the pistons do their steamy work. And we were back into New Orleans for a wonder round and a taking in of some late-afternoon music and street art. Lovely. 

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The numbers make this more confusing than I think it needs to be

The numbers make this more confusing than I think it needs to be

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Finally! The famous paddle!

Finally! The famous paddle!