Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island beach

Hilton Head Island beach

Hilton head island is an island at the very South part of South Carolina, connected to mainland by a nice road. People who have been to Mediterranean  for some sun and sea holidays, would not dare to come here for such a holiday, but in US, it seemed like it is a very popular island for family fun and golf lovers. For us, it was just the right place for our final night of mini road trip.

Bistro 17

Bistro 17

At the very center of the island, there is a very calm marina, with nice cafes and some shops. So our first stop was there at Bistro 17, to have lunch and to use Wi fi for a hotel. Yes we did have a nice lunch, but no there were no wi fi so we still did not have a place to stay.

Bistro 17 menu

Bistro 17 menu

Nice coctails

Nice cocktails

Inside of Bistro 17

Inside of Bistro 17

The slow motion of the staff reminded me the Greek islands. I suppose, islanders were the same all over the world. So we finished our lunch a bit late and looked for a welcome center, but no, there were no welcome center around here. Just than we saw the Tourism center and popped in. Unfortunately, they were not doing any reservations, but luckily they allowed us to use their wi fi, so that thanks to once again to booking.com, we made our reservation at Hilton Head Marriott Resort, a classical chain hotel, nothing special but comfortable.

It was already almost 5 o’clock, when we finally took our seats on the beach with our books. However, a staff came by just a few minutes later and told us that the chairs to be collected at 5 o’clock. For me the best time of the day to have sunbath is after 5. What a pity. Well, so we did a small walk on the beach and decided to relax ourselves by the pool, where I found a lovely hammock to finally read my book.

A walk by the beach

A walk by the beach

Another nice thing of the hotel was the nice lady at the concierge. She found us a lovely restaurant by the sea at the other side of the island and made reservation from a lovely table, just across the sunset.

Old Fort Pub

Old Fort Pub

Old Fort Pub is an island tradition since 1973. Very nice service and lovely food.

Boosted Beet Salad

Boosted Beet Salad

Grouper

Grouper

Once more my favorite, yes mussels and crabs

Once more my favorite, yes mussels and crabs

An wine of the evening

And wine of the evening, Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia, Hahn Estates.

When we got back to the hotel, we decided to take walk again by the beach and we were so surprised to see so many people doing shell hunting at the low tides of the sea, with lights in their hands. Such a lovely view it was, like dozens of fireflies around. So we took our time, sitting on the sand and watching children cheering, when they find something interesting.

Next day, we did have a long way to drive back to Athens, more than 4 hours. So we just did a quick tour of the island next morning to some beach area and some beach shops.

Nice and calm, beach shopping

Nice and calm, beach shopping

 

Nice to watch the kids

Nice to watch the kids

We very much love to come back here for a longer time not for the sea but for golf. Who knows, maybe one day.

So this is the end of our 2 weeks US tour in and around Athens, Georgia. Our son loved to take the course at University of Georgia, so maybe one day there is possibility that he may want to come back here for the University. Of course I would prefer him to choose a more fancy city, but let’s do not think about it now, as we still have another 6 years to go.

Next: Don’t know, I remember, I did not finish my Japan trip, maybe I can go on with it, as once more it is time to make plans for Sakura (Cherry Blossom) season. What do you think?

 

 

Another restaurant in Athens: Etienne

Etienne, a relaxed French Restaurant

Etienne, a relaxed French Restaurant

After a golf trial with very hot weather and rented clubs, we thought a relaxed cool restaurant with some fine wine would very much fit to our day so we headed to the center of Athens and found this nice restaurant at the very center of Broad Street.

Wine of the day, a red from France

Wine of the day, a red from France

My dear followers probably already know that I am a great fan of sea food and crabs. Etienne was a very nice place to taste these with wine.

Some starters

Some starters

And some sea food

And some sea food

We preferred to sit inside but a tiny table outside corner is also cute for our favorite “people watch” activity.

Outside corner table

Outside corner table

And to finish the day, a Ben&Jerry just round the corner, yummmyyy.

Ben & Jerry for a final touch to the day

Ben & Jerry for a final touch to the day

Next: A visit to Atlanta with children.

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.

Athens, Greece from the eyes of our son

Acropolis

Acropolis

3 years ago we wanted to go somewhere reasonably priced, somewhere convenient and somewhere warm in November and did a long weekend trip to Athens, Greece. I have written about how our son loves to be in ancient cities here. Athens/Acropolis would be probably on top 10 list of ancient cities to visit.

Actually Athens was a bit of disappointment other than the Acropolis. A day in Acropolis, with a good walking and climbing and an evening in Pire, a day trip to outskirts of Athens including Kifisia and Rafina was more than enough for a weekend.

Acropolis

Acropolis

Although we had a rental car, once again we preferred to get on a hop-on-hop-off bus, to go around the city and know what is where. So we understood that Acropolis is our only attraction point, as our son hates shopping, and father hates ordinary museums. Therefore, we got off the bus at Acropolis and played our typical ancient city game “pretend to be”.

Acropolis

Acropolis

Athena Nike tample, Proplylaia (the entrance), Parthenon, Dionysos Theater, Heredos Atticus Theater and lovely views of city of Athens from various angles, were all nice to visit on a warm autumn day.

View of the city

View of the city

Afterwards we walked down hill to the Plaka area, to find a local restaurant and some shops for a relax afternoon.

Finishing the city before 5:oo pm, we decided to get our car and drive to Pire maybe to find a restaurant or for a sunset view at a cafe, but maybe it would be better to get some idea from locals, as we could not find a nice place to sit, and there were almost nobody around except us.

Next day, with the advice of our eyewitness book of Athens, we decided to drive some other towns nearby. We started with Kifisia in the morning, which is said to be preferred by locals for summer season mostly. Nice houses, some shops and a natural history museum were what we saw, nothing close to History Museums in New York, Vienna or London.

Animals in Natural History Museum

Animals in Natural History Museum

Some insects, some butterflies, some animals and minerals were interesting maybe not for us, but for our son.

For the afternoon we went to the east coast to Rafina, another advice of our eyewitness book. Again not much to see, except some fish restaurants to have lunch by the port and to watch the ships coming and going.

So that was all for us in Athens. We simply did nothing on the third day. Had a long breakfast in our hotel – Hotel Novus, with the most lovely pie we have ever had- and drove around the city with our car before going to the airport.

Do you remember game:

Me: What do you remember of Athens.

Our son: Our hotel with the view of Acropolis.

Me: And?

Our son: And the Acropolis.

Me: And?

Our son: More Acropolis

 

PS. All photographs in this post are taken by our son.