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?

 

 

The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, Australia

The Boathouse Menu

The Boathouse Menu

First ever e-book I bought to my Kindle is Top 10 Sydney, of Eyewitness Travel series and the first ever thing I looked was where to eat in Sydney, and first ever thing I highlighted at my Kindle was the restaurant: The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. After a day out in Blue Mountains, with lots of walking, we thought that we deserved an “out of diet borders” dinner for the evening, with some wine and fine dining. So we made our reservation from this restaurant, took a taxi from our hotel and after about 10 minutes drive, there we were, in a romantic (would be without our son), dark and elegant fish restaurant, with a nice view of city lights and the Anzac Bridge.

Char Grilled Fremantle Octopus

Char Grilled Fremantle Octopus

Citrus Cured Marlborough King Salmon

Citrus Cured Marlborough King Salmon

When we travel with a child, the first thing we look in the menu is something to eat for our son (I admit that sometimes I look at it after checking what to eat for dessert). Nothing seemed suitable for him, but our lovely waiter offered him some fish and chips which he loved.

We on the other hand started our meal with some starters of Octopus and Salmon with the wine of the day, once more Pinot Noir, this time from Adelaide.

Nygeringa wineyard, Grower serries

Nygeringa wineyard, Grower serries

Wine of the evening

Wine of the evening

Our main course were Poached Local Ocean Jacket and a Roast New Zealand Hapuka, all very tasty.

New Zealand Hapuka

New Zealand Hapuka

Local Ocean Jacket

Local Ocean Jacket

And finally our desserts were Honeycomb Parfait, Buttermilk Pannacotta and Pistachio Cannoli. Yes, I do not know what they are either, but they tasted lovely and looked like these:

Dessert

Buttermilk Pannacotta

Dessert

Pistachio Cannoli

Parfait

Parfait

After finishing our meals, I asked the waiter to take a photograph of the menu and write down the things we have eaten, to note for my blog. Guess what? The waiter said that we may take the menu with us, as the menu is printed daily. How nice, now the menu is just by my lap top and making me remember this fine dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah’s Whale Beach, Sydney

Jonah's restaurant

Jonah’s restaurant

Remember our seaplane adventure with Sydney Seaplanes from my previous post. Well, Jonah’s was the restaurant we arrived in 20 minutes, not on an island, but on an island-like part of Sydney, which takes about an hour, by car.

Jonah’s was more than we expected with a good variety in menu and a nice wine list. Moreover, every plate looked like a piece of art.

A taste to start

A taste to start

Wine of the day

Wine of the day

Australia has really good wines. I will be writing another post soon about Hunter Valley, a wine paradise. Today we chose a Pinot Noir of Tasmania.

Scallops, gooood

Scallops, gooood

Piece of art

Piece of art

In many day trips in Europe, if lunch is included, you come across with ordinary local dishes, sometimes really good and tasty ones but never so elegant.

The deserts...

The deserts…

...and another desert...

…and another desert…

...and another. Yummyyy

…and another. Yummyyy

So, finished with our three course meal in 3 hours, enjoyed the view of the whale beach and watched a local wedding next room, we were taken back to the beach to return with our seaplane back to Sydney.

Sure I can live here

Sure I can live here