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Got a good reason For taking the easy way out

Mrs. Lifecruiser is the captain aboard the ship of fools cruiseliner!! And today we join our hostess, Mar. We're heading for the port city of Barcelona.

After returning from the deserts of the Southwest USA last week, I am finally joining the cruise with Mrs. Lifecruiser and all the shipmates, and will visit Barcelona Spain today with Mar.

Of course, being the shop-a-holic that I am, I will definitely have to hit all the hot spots there and shop 'til I drop. But for now, I'll sit at the Captain's table and sip the sangria served and tell you a bit about where I'm from.

I reside with my hubby and two cats; in the great state of Texas, USA.

Texas has a lot of history, from the Alamo in San Antonio to the oil wells around the state, big cities like Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth. The capital city is Austin.

There are plenty of diverse landscapes throughout the state. From plains of the central and northern areas, to the hill country. Bayous, farming fields, mountains to the western borders, and the huge area of the coast...where I live. From Galveston Island to Brownsville is coastal areas.

At Corpus Christi, my home town, [Body of Christ is the English translation], our home is just 5 minutes from the seawall of downtown. We live about 10-15 minutes from the port...the ship's channel where huge tankers and cargo ships embark. To the south and east about 10 minutes we'd drive across the causeway to Padre Island, Mustang Island and Port Aransas. To the north and east about 20-25 minutes are several oil refineries.

Corpus Christi, Texas along the seawall, downtown, at dusk

We are in close proximity of San Antonio, Texas. Just a short hour's drive north of us...where the infamous Alamo was fought with Old Mexico and Santa Ana's troops in 1836. Driving in an north-easterly direction, we're about 3 hours from the 4th largest city in the United States, Houston ,Texas. To the west and a bit south from us is Brownsville, Texas and then a short distance to the Mexican border or South Padre Island. On your way to South Padre Island is the historically famous, King's Ranch [at one time the largest of its kind in the world].

In 1519, on the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda discovered a lush semi-tropical bay on what is now the southern coast of Texas. The bay, and the city that later sprung up there, took the name of the feast day celebrating the "Body of Christ." Downtown Corpus ChristiThe spot Pineda discovered is now home to the largest city on the Texas Coast and is the sixth largest port in the nation. Key industries include petrochemical, tourism, health care, retail, education, shipping, agriculture and the military. Since its incorporation in 1852, Corpus Christi has grown into a regional hub for marketing, processing, packaging and distributing agricultural commodities for a 12-county trade area. Corpus Christi began as a frontier trading post, founded in 1838-39 by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney, an adventurer, impresario and colonizer. The small settlement was called Kinney's Trading Post, or Kinney's Ranch. It remained an obscure settlement until July 1845, when U.S. troops under General Zachary Taylor set up camp here in preparation for war with Mexico. The Army remained until March 1846, when it marched southward to the Rio Grande to enforce it as the southern border of the United States.

The first city ordinance was: 1879-"No hogs or goats are allowed to run loose in the town."

Weather here year around is quite pleasant. Wet, subtropical climates. As far as I know only two significant, damaging hurricanes have hit the area. In 1919 and 1970. It is very humid in the summer. And temperatures can reach the century mark.....but 360 days out of the year, even with the high humidity, there is a constant sea breeze.

The main attractions here are boating, yachting [the yacht club was established in the 1920's], fishing[with the closeness of the Gulf of Mexico and abundance of rivers and lakes nearby], surfing[but only minimal wave action that I've seen], art museums, science museums, world war two museum aboard an aircraft carrier of it's time. Several minor league sports are located here[for instance the Corpus Christi Hooks which is the 'farm team' for the Houston Astros], along with colleges and their teams[Texas A&M Corpus Christi's basketball team made it to the playoffs this year, but were eliminated in the first round]. Also, the coastal area is known for birding!

The largest industries are farming, ranching, oil and the United States Navy. Here, and two other airstrips belonging to the USA government/Navy, pilots train for flight navigation and the constant winds is the ideal place to have the Navy Pilots 'train' for landing aboard aircraft carriers, the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

PHOTOS IN AND AROUND THE CITY[click on linked thumbnails-none taken by me]:
Corpus Christi, Citgo Oil RefinerySeagullsBeach House, Port Aransas, Mustang IslandGulf of Mexico, Port Aransas, Mustang Island

PHOTOS around the city:

seagull near downtown -on a wooden pier

pelicans above head by the bay - downtown

Port of Corpus Christi - an oil tanker - Harbor Bridge

downtown, a walk along the seawall

sunrise on Ocean Drive

DINING is anything from fresh 'catch of the day' gulf shrimp, shark fillets, Texas raised T-bone steaks to burgers and fast food.

WHAT A BURGER by the Bay
[it is two floor levels with outside dining with a view of the Corpus Christi Bayfront]

In 1950, the southwest's infamous What a Burger drive-in restaurant was opened. Right here in Corpus Christi, Texas. They have very scrumptious burgers and fries! Fast food at it's best. [You can have your burgers piled high with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and spicy jalapeno peppers!---Also, the part I like, you can order your fast-food with no seasoning...which I need to watch for my low sodium diet, hehehehe]
Joe's Crab Shack

Everything seafood and a lot more. Lobster, shrimp, shark fillets --all fresh daily.
Republic of Texas atop the Omni Hotel
on the bayfront

A highly recommended restaurant for the 'special' times!
An array of delectable meals served. Reservations required!
Sits atop the Omni Hotel with the Gulf of Mexico at your table views. World renowned chef, items include prime beef, wild game, seafood. Award winning!!


Celebrities that call Corpus Christi their hometown are:
Eva Longoria [Desparate Housewives]
Farrah Fawcett [original Charlie's Angels -TV]
Lou Diamond Phillips [TV - movie actor]
Dabney Coleman [TV comedies - Movie actor]
Kim Henkel [director -Texas Chainsaw Massacre]
Danny Lohner [drummer for Nine Inch Nails]
Freddy Fender [country recorder -passed away this past year in Corpus Christi]
Henry Cuesta [soloist for Lawrence Welk -TV--now part of the C C Symphony]
....among others


  1. Oh, a hoot Annie!!!! Love it. I've always wanted to go to Texas. Sounds fantastic. My best friend Miss Ass. Lifecruiser was there working on a ranch a couple of years back. She LOVED it.

    I feel like people might miss this post though, we should have made you a host for a day, since you're an A-Team Cruiser.

    It's only A-Tem Cruisers that is allowed to be an officially host for the cruise ship. That is to avoid confusion and make it more controlled and concentrated to one site that day - it's much more easy to party together when everybody know where to go :-)

    So what about beeing a host?

    The available dates right now is: 27, 29, 30 March and any date after 31 March.

    You can choose other ports than your home port too if you would like to. Somewhere else you've travelled.

    Butt for now:
    Let's party in Barceloooona :-D

  2. Thanks for the link! and this was such a lovely chat at the captain's table!!! more sangria and let's party!

  3. Oh my word! That is an amazing sunrise picture!!