Wow...after 4 days of continuous rain and area flooding, the sun presented herself in all her glory just in time for our Sunday Brunch Jazz Cruise aboard the Natchez! Gratitude was exploding out of us!
Before we boarded, there was calliope music resounding through the marina from an organ on the boat. This particular boat is the 9th in the line of steamboats that have traversed the Mississippi River bearing the name of Natchez.
Once we boarded, we could choose whichever table we liked...window seat of course. Shortly thereafter the hostess arrived to guide us to the brunch buffet! Carved ham, eggs, biscuits, seafood gumbo with rice, cheesy grits, fresh fruit cups, seafood pasta salad, warm bread pudding, red velvet cake, French beignets with powdered sugar and...I ordered a mimosa just because...LOL It was wonderful. The jazz band, The Steamboat Stompers played during the 2 hours we were cruising up and down the river.
|Domino Sugar Plant|
|We watched the claws scoop raw sugar|
|The cutest tugboat ever!!!|
|Front from top deck|
Guests were invited to tour the boiler room on the lower deck. Carl had the opportunity to speak with the onboard mechanic who was taking a well-deserved break...lol
After the cruise we walked a bit around town.
|Typical indoor/outdoor cafe in the|
|Jackson Square (named after the |
bronze statue of Andrew Jackson which
I accidentally cropped out of this picture)
in front of
St. Louis Cathedral