Some golf shopping in Athens

Trying the new clothes on

Trying the new clothes on

At the very first day of our Georgia tour last year, on the route to Athens from Atlanta, on the half way we saw a huge PGA superstore and noted it on our to do list on top. As a limited experienced golfers and coming from a country that do not have even a one tenth of such a huge store, you may guess how we felt like “children at Disney” and bought a trunk full of clothes, accessories and things I still do not know how to use.

First let's take some energy

First let’s take some energy

And than run to the store

And than run to the store

We were very keen to try all we bought, but we had two little problem. One is, it was hot like hell in the beginning of July in Athens and second we did not have our clubs with us.

University of Georgia Golf Club driving range

University of Georgia Golf Club driving range

Of course these did not avoid us to give it a try, so we went to the University of Georgia Golf Club at a late afternoon time and rent the clubs from the club house. Unfortunately I can not say it was wonderful, because of the hot weather and the rented clubs being very old and used. So after one basket we felt like going to a cool restaurant and enjoy a fine dinner (yes…again).

Next: Etienne in Athens, what we dreamed of after golf.

What is history? Athens vs Athens

History in US

History in US

History in Europe

History around our country

In my hometown, when we say “History”, we really mean history, starting from about 5000 BC, ancient sites, Helens, Romans, Persians, Ottomans, and many ancient cities. I’ve written about visiting ancient cities with children here. We like to visit history, learn history and feel history in our travels.

But what we saw in US was a totally different understanding of history, more feels like “outdated” then “history”. Anyway, we visited history, learned stories and tried to feel it, which is much more easier when you get into a house like this:

Heritage Hall, at "Historic city" Madison.

Heritage Hall, at “Historic city” Madison.

Very few of such old houses in South area are left from the North-South war. One of them was one in Athens, which is also used as a visiting center and an old but energetic gentleman, passionately explains about the “History” of the area and the house.

Welcome Center is a Heritage building itself

Welcome Center in Athens is a Heritage building itself

Well the Heritage in this Athens is a totally different Heritage than the other Athens, right?

Details of the Brumby House in Athens

Details of the Brumby House in Athens

The more interesting thing than the house was the guy, almost as old as the house did explain everything to us about the house. Moreover, we told him that we want to go to Savannah for a road trip, and he advised us a nice route with a stopover at Madison, a Historic little town, which turned our to be a really good and interesting advise. A film-set-like center, with many 18th century buildings around, and very many old people walking calmly on sidewalks.

One of the houses to visit at Madison was the heritage Hall, with many nice 19th century furniture, and a very polite old lady again passionately explaining every detail about the house. This is also something totally different from my home country, where retired people do not intent to work any more. I do not think they do understand the value of working, and that working keeps them more healthy, social and worth to live. Moreover, if such a lady would like to work and find a job to work, many people around would think that, her children are not good enough to take care of their mother and poor woman needs work for a living. But I am amazed how this nice lady valued our visit to the house, explained every detail with the feel from heart. I am sure we made her day, as a foreign family, came so far far away from a country, that she never saw a visitor from.

Thank you for the nice visit and a fake tea ceremony:-)

Thank you for the nice visit and a fake tea ceremony:-)

More to come about Athens and further east in coming weeks.

Georgia on my mind with children

One of the finest restaurants in Athens

One of the finest restaurants in Athens

I know most of my followers are from Europe and quite a lot from Brasil. Well, here is a destination where a normal European tourist would not dare to go. We wouldn’t! Unless our son did attend a summer course in Athens. I mean Athens, Georgia. I mean Athens, Georgia in USA. I studied many travel magazines beforehand, and almost nothing touristic is written in them about Georgia. Maybe some about Atlanta, which I will write about in the following weeks. But a road trip from Atlanta to East Coast-Savannah is a nice and fun trip with a stopover in Athens. And when you stop in Athens, 5&10 is one of the finest restaurants, where you can enjoy a dinner with children. Just make sure to make a reservation.

Wine and dine

Wine and dine

Wine of the day is a Pinor Noir of Lange

Wine of the day is a Pinor Noir of Lange

This is a nice restaurant, on a nice green road, beautifully restored historic house with private parking. Opened in 2000 by Hugh Acheson and has a very Southern Menu with seafood, chicken, lamb, pork and nice fresh vegetables. The decoration is simple, with some touch of 19th century furniture.

Mixed Greens

Mixed Greens

Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew

Local Vegetable Plate

Local Vegetable Plate

More to come in the coming weeks about Athens and further East.

But I also want to write about a summer in the UK. Let’s follow and see.

Just returned from a USA trip

Hello my dear followers. You must have noticed that I’ve not written for a couple of weeks. That’s because, we were in US for two long weeks, and just returned yesterday. Lots of things will be written in the coming months, but for now let me give you some hints:

Visited some Atlanta highlights

Visited some Atlanta highlights

Ate "some" junk food

Ate “some” junk food…

...and some wine and dine

…and some wine and dine

 

...together with some fancy drinks

…together with some fancy drinks

 

Walked on the trails to be able to stay fit

Walked on the trails to be able to stay fit

 

Did some golf shopping...

Did some golf shopping…

...and tested the items we bought

…and tested the items we bought

Of course did not miss the World Cup 2014

Of course did not miss the World Cup 2014

A couple of days at ocean coast

A couple of days at ocean coast

Stayed in some old Inns

Stayed in some old Inns

And finally visited some old houses

And finally visited some old houses

Make sure to follow to learn the details.

Views of Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

In the summer of 2012, our USA trip was the hero of the summer. Being the first time long haul flight with our son and one of our longest holidays, I have really worked a lot on the planning of what to do, where to go, what to eat and where to stay. A visit to Empire State Building was also in our plans, so we did.

Here, you can read how our luggage was lost and how this effected our trip. So on the third day of our NY visit, our luggage still could not find us and as every morning, we went shopping for daily outfits and headed to Manhattan.

For our son, a good building is a high building, a good hotel is a high hotel, a good room is a room somewhere on 20+th floor, a good restaurant is a restaurant with a high view, a good elevator is an elevator with dozens of buttons on it, a good museum is the skyscraper museum. So you can imagine how our son was excited about this visit to Empire State Building.

As I told, I have worked about this trip quite a lot and remembering the “How I Met Your Mother” season 2, Episode 12 waiting in the queue of the building for hours and hours, I preferred to buy express tickets in advance from the internet a month ago. Getting close to the entrance and showing our tickets to the first of the guards that we were soon going to see a lot more, told us that it is good thing that we have express tickets, because there was a 4-hour-waiting queue. Getting inside, there we saw loads of loads of people sitting on the floors on the queues, to buy tickets, to pass trough the security control and to get to the elevator. We on the other hand, with A4 papers printed tickets in our hands, with big letters of “express” on them, passed all these queues and got directly to the very front of the first, second, third, forth and fifth queues of the “visiting event”.

So here we were successfully, in the elevator watching the numbers increasing 10 by 10 and arriving to the 86th floor and here is the views that our son took with his camera.

View from 86th floor

View from 86th floor

View from 86th floor

View from 86th floor

View from the 86th floor

View from the 86th floor

Looking with the telescope

Looking with the telescope

View from the 86th floor

View from the 86th floor

After a big tour around the main deck of 86th floor, we took another elevator (with another advantage of our express tickets) to go to the top deck on 102th floor.

View from 102nd floor

View from 102nd floor

Even though we had our express tickets, it took us about an hour to go up, look around and return. An Empire State Building visit, seems to be more than just an elevator and a building.

ESBNYC

ESBNYC

 

Which was your best hotel room?

I’ve been to more than 200 cities in more than 20 countries, and stayed in more than a 100 hotels. I suppose my dear followers, you too like to travel. Here is the question: Which was the best hotel room you have ever stayed? Probably, like me, very many hotels come to your mind, right?

I think all three of us in my family would answer this question differently. my husband’s answer was straight: Polonia Palace Hotel. Why? Because the best sleeping quality is his only concern.

Polonia Palace Hotel

Polonia Palace Hotel

The room was very ordinary at the first sight. One double bed, a bathroom, a sofa turned into a child’s bed, and a little free space. That’s it. But my husband has a saying: Never decide about a hotel before 24 hours. So after 24 hours, his decision is “the best”.

For my son, I guess would be Hilton, Las Vegas. (I can not ask him now, he is out with his friends, but I’ll ask and let you know if I am right) Why? Because there were 3 televisions in the room, one of which was just in front of his bed, with a wall-to-wall screen of barcovision. Of course he spent hours watching Formula 1 and some other staff. Plus a good hotel for our son means a high hotel, preferably some floors over 20th is the best for him.

My answer to a best room would be, Pullman Cove Hotel in Cairns, Australia. I will probably write another post, sometime later about the hotel, but just to give you some hints, here are two photos.

Living room and kitchen

Living room and kitchen

Terrace and private pool

Terrace and private pool

Yes, our room was a 2 bedroom flat, with a big kitchen, living room, a laundry room, two bathrooms, a terrace and a private pool and the sound of ocean waves. A room you wouldn’t want to go out.

On the other hand, when we think of a “best room” we also tend to think of a room with the “best view”. What if I asked the best view room you have ever stayed? All the answers would change and the only answer would be Francischiello Hotel & Spa Bellavista near Sorrento, Italy. A view of Italian farmlands, the Mediterranean sea and the Capri island beyond.

Our room view in Sorrento

Our room view in Sorrento

And the view in the evening
And the view in the evening

 

Now I understand that, I have been to very few hotel room with a “best view” other than the sea views.  I think a hotel would not have much chance in terms of “best view”, if it was not by the sea. Maybe some mountain views in the Alpines of Switzerland, some of the Golf Hotel views, maybe a desert view, or some room overlooking the city lights, or a view of unlimited wine yards in France, or a Christmas market in Austria, or a medieval Piazza in Toscana,  or a castle in Germany, or… whatever, I should note to make sure some stays in “best view” hotels next time.

PS. Please share your best hotel experiences with a link to my post.

 

Weekly Photo Challange: In the background

The backgrounds, the places that we pass through day after day or once in a lifetime as it is said in “the daily post at wordpress dot com”
Here is my background challange taken at Santa Monica Beach
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