Sunday, 30 November 2014

Friday 28 November, 2014

Last night we had a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner! There were many choices but most of us had the turkey with cornbread stuffing, mashed potato, marshmallow sweet potato, green bean almandine and cranberry relish with individual pumpkin pies! 
After dinner they had a Bonfire. I don't know if it is a tradition in the South but I have never heard 

While waiting to see the bonfire I took some night photos of the Nottoway Plantation.

This morning we boarded buses and headed to Baton Rouge. We chose to take a tour of the USS Kidd (rather than see another plantation). One of the gentlemen actually served on this destroyer (he was 87) when it went to Guam. 
The river is extremely low which is why it looks like it is out of the water.
The USS Kidd was named after Rear Admiral Kidd Sr. Who was killed aboard his flagship the Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbour. This was the first destroyer to be named after Kidd, two more have since been named after him, one still on active duty and based in San Diego.
This destroyer has been authentically restored and has her wartime camouflage paint as it was for the invasion of Japan.

The ship was launched in 1943, served 20 years and earned 12 battle stars.

We then did a quick city tour before heading back to the boat. 
Packed up as we had to be off early in the morning. We have has some fantastic dinners on board. Wed night we had the most delicious lobster dinner and tonight we had baked halibut. We got to know our servers quite well as we had the same table for dinner each night! They were excellent, nothing too much for them and got to know what we liked (we were always given ice cream with our desserts). It will be sad to leave them but we have invited both of them to Australia so we hope we see them!

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