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Images of the Week

ON THE ROAD AGAIN THROUGH THE CONGO!

American Press Travel News–April 8th, PSL, FL. Images of the week!  From my book available on Amazon: “Africa on a Pin & a Prayer.”

Traveling from East Africa to the Congo!!
At the Congo River!
A Congo River houseboat-full-time living accommodations for a family of 5.
Girls that came out along the way in the Congo to say hi!

Papa Louie’s Italian Restaurant

American Press Travel News- Papa Louie’s, PSL, FL.-Bob and Barb “On the Road Again.”From the pizza, to the garlic chicken wings, the shrimp parmesan, spectacular veal parm, cabbage-potato soup, garlic knots, salad with custom created Italian dressing, spaghetti with lemon-garlic, great wines-WOW! What a meal!–Italian, real Italian cuisine is what we found, dined on, and thoroughly enjoyed here.

Big comfortable tables, the feeling you get when your in a truly practiced Italian eatery-Highly recommended!  Papa Louie’s Italian Restaurant  7240 South U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St Lucie, FL 34952 772-340-3755

Pictures of the Week!

Catching bait in Kodiak Harbor.

American Press Travel News-March 24th, Florida-Bob’s pictures of the week!

Competed with the masters for salmon. The whales!
During my trip with the Wounded Warriors Project, we fished with members of the Coast Guard in their private boats. . Was fishing great in Kodiak? unbelievable!
Swam with the Polar Bears! They were full of seals. Was younger then, and could handle the cold water with special suits.
Definitely a trip of a lifetime!!! Only ice I want to see today is ice cubes!!

Heading to Leopold From Kisali, The Congo

 

As we traveled we traded and collected items that were not trade goods for the traveler!! The items were used by the locals themselves.
American Press Travel News–March 19th, Leopoldville The Congo section of my book: “Africa on a Pin & a Prayer.”
We left Kisali on the “boat” a riverboat pushing a huge barge a microcosm of African life being pushed along by a 2000 horsepower diesel engine turning a paddlewheel that splashed at the river and inexorably pushed more than 1000 souls along a river that hasn’t changed since, or before written history one iota. Congolese minister’s concubines took up most of the riverboat rooms and Gene and I got lucky enough with the help of a Belgian business man, to grab one of those rooms and we camped out there. God had mercy, we did not have to sleep on the deck with the water bugs and other slimy critters that came out on deck under cover of darkness. We settled in for a 20-day run to Leopoldville. I spent a lot of time on the barge. I visited the Cayman croc sellers, the fruit and vegetable vendors and looked over the booty and bounty of what many villagers had bagged in the jungle’s hinterlands smoked monkeys, boa constrictor snakes for food or sale to collectors, butterflies kept in between palm leaves, also for the collector. Raw latex from Goodman’s Goodyear rubber plantation on its way to be processed into gloves, tires, rubber boots, condoms. Wildly colorful songbirds and parrots, snakes, monkeys, sloths, bamboo and logs destined for trading in the capitol of the Congo, Leopoldville.
Every minute was an adventure on the riverboat. Villagers whose huts hugged the river banks along the way, braved the boats wake and came out to the barge in pirogues hollowed out wood log dugout canoes, to trade fresh produce, including cut pieces of sugar cane a favorite treat for everyone aboard.
All the things done in the village were being accomplished on the barge as it was pushed at about 5 mph towards Leopoldville was being done there. Clothes washing, cooking child care and even love making on the decks sometimes behind a cloth shade.
Drinking fresh. clean water out of a cut vine!!!