Susan Marie Molloy

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Morning Meditation: Sandy Beach

While on our lunch break before heading back to port to reboard our ship, I walked the sandy Cozumel, Mexico beach.  Note the rough rocks and a smattering of green vegetation:



Spring Vacation – Ruins on Cozumel

We arrived in Cozumel! Since my beau and I aren’t gift shop shoppers, we decided upon a tour of some ancient Mayan ruins on this island. We travelled by bus with other tourists to the San Gervasio Mayan Archeological Site.

My beau first spotted this large iguana:
Some ruins we were allowed to walk among:
Look! Another iguana, but much smaller than the first one we spotted.  Notice how well he blends in with the stones:
We spent a few hours at the archeological site, and then it was time to head back to port. But first, we stopped at a beach where there was a small food stand. We had a tasty lunch and enjoyed the fresh air by the water:
Back on the bus and heading back to port, I took a quick snapshot of this house:
Next I’ll share some snapshots of the area around the Port of Cozumel.

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Date Night: Bustanoby Cocktail

Several months ago, I picked up a very vintage bartender’s guide, Trader Vic, published in 1948. You can read about it HERE.

A couple of weeks ago, my beau and I wanted to try a vintage cocktail, I was in the mood for crème de menthe, and voila! There was something called a Bustanoby Cocktail.

A little research outside the bartender’s guide revealed there was a restaurant in New York City years ago. Perhaps this cocktail originated or was named for Bustanoby’s Restaurant at 148 East 556th Street, New York City. I don’t know for sure; research revealed little to nothing, except I found one of their menus from who knows when? The drink menu page offers a Bustanoby’s Fizz, but that’s not the drink I’m sharing today. Here’s what the drink menu page from the restaurant looks like. Wow! Those prices!

Now back to the Bustanoby Cocktail. This is the recipe from the 1948 Trader Vic’s bartender guide:

And this is what it looks like in real life:

It’s an interesting cocktail. The orange juice tones down the rock ‘em sock ‘em crème de menthe; it’s barely perceptible in the background as you sip it. We like this vintage cocktail for its uncommon and subtle minty taste.

And since it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, why not try something different that the ho-hum been-there-done-that green beer?


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Spring Vacation – Heading to Port

We packed ourselves up and headed to the Port of New Orleans. Yes, it’s Cruise Time!

It’s a big ship:
It will take about seven or eight hours to mosey down the Mississippi River to get to the Gulf of Mexico. We say farewell to New Orleans:
Things along the way during our very slow trip down to the Mississippi’s mouth:
It got too dark to take any pictures off deck, so we walked around inside the ship before heading to sleep. The next couple of days will be mostly on-board activities. That should be interesting, but I’m excited to arrive at our next port!Time to hit the hay.  Cute how the housekeeping crew make little animals out of our towels:

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Spring Vacation – A Special Lunch

We are in New Orleans, Louisiana. Yesterday we did a lot of walking around the historic side of town, and by early afternoon, we were hungry.

We walked to The Court of the Two Sisters, which is in the French Quarter and is famous. The building itself has been around since 1832. To read more about its history and the restaurant, click HERE to their website. It’s interesting.

We walked down a large walkway toward the stately arched doors:
We passed one of the elegant dining rooms but opted to eat outside.
This wishing well has been around for years and years:
Two little birds joined us:
At the buffet, we discovered different foods. The Cajun corn salad was good.  Have you every tried it?  I also tried their turtle soup and liked it!
A jazz band played, too:
After eating, we then headed back to the little shops in the neighborhood to take in some more sights. We discovered The Old Absinthe Shoppe. The original façade is in the following top black and white picture, taken when my Ma visited New Orleans in the early 1950s. The photograph below it is how it looks today:
Our day done, we headed back to our hotel room.

I’ll be posting our adventures daily.

Tomorrow: Packing Up for Port

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