A road trip from Athens to Savannah

Madison is worth to get off the main road

Madison is worth to get off the main road

On our 2 weeks stay at Athens last year, we did want to do a road trip to somewhere coastal.

Road trip with our Dodge Charger

Road trip with our Dodge Charger

So with some advice from the nice guy at Athens Tourism Information Office and a Dodge Charger we decided to head to Savannah, with a short stop at Madison. The rest we had not decided.

Madison is a very cute little old town with some 100 very well preserved and renovated old mansions. As soon as we arrived, we parked in front of Tourism Office and got a “best walking way” map and learned points to stop. We could not do all the walking as it was very hot at the beginning of July noon time, but we did a nice stop at Heritage Hall. We were welcomed by an old lady, who guided us trough the house passionately. I think we also made her day, coming from so far away, to a so little town, in the middle of nowhere. It was an interesting experience for us to be here, a town not touristic at all, so calm, so old and so peaceful.

The Heritage Hall

The Heritage Hall

After a quick lunch at a local restaurant we drove further east. Before arriving to Savannah, we did a one final stop at one of the exits on the highway, at Waffle House. Very American, very unhealthy, very tasty.

Waffle House, with a very American decoration

Waffle House, with a very American decoration

And very unhealthy

And very American unhealthy

As soon as we arrived to Savannah at late afternoon, we headed to the welcome center to get an advice of hotel. Unlike Europe, one very nice thing about US is Welcome Centers that are very active and have good information about the hotels, restaurants and things to do around. And again, unlike Europe, no hassle or long queues. So with a half an hour chat at welcome center, we reserved our hotel and planned our next day. Our hotel was Double Tree By Hilton and dinner was at the The Olde Pink House, which will be my next post.

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.