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.

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.

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.

 

A New York Travel with a lost luggage

Until our son was 3, we almost did not do any travels abroad. Our traveling with our son history started 7 years ago. And until he was 9 we could not be brave enough to do a long haul flight. That’s why our first time travel to US was last year.

Actually the start of our journey was really dramatic. We arrived to JFK safely, but our luggage did not do so (first time of such an experience). The more dramatic thing was, all three of us did fit in one luggage. The visa control was about 1,5 hours and it took us another 1,5 hours to search for our luggage, find a desk to inform the situation and try to understand how we would get our luggage. Not a nice welcome huh? Especially after a 9 hour flight, especially with a child.

Well, without our luggage, got off the airport, got the first taxi we met (and fooled by the driver, which is another story). Since we were late, the ruch hour started in Manhatten. Arrived to our hotel in New Jersey in another 1,5 hours. Thanks got, our hotel was just by a shopping mall, where we tried to find some underwear, t-shirts, lens solutions, ipad and iphone charges. When I say we, acually, I should say I, because that was when our son started to sleep on a bench at the mall, my husband stayed with him, and I tried to find everything, of course in different levels of Macy’s and by tring to understand the sizes which are totally different than we use and with dreadfully being sleepy.

We wish the story ended in a few days, however it did not. Everyday with hopes and loads of telephone calls, we were starting the day at Macy’s again, buying something to wear very quickly, trowing away the etiquettes, wearing them on and going to Manhattan. After 3 days, we got a phone call that our luggage has arrived and will bring it to our room. We all jumped on beds shouted and shouted. Ant the door rang, I opened very exitedly, and that was it: A WRONG SUITCASE. We could not beleive our eyes

How the story ended: We bought new suitcases in NY, flew to Las Vegas, and than to San Fransisco, than drove to LA and after 15 days of travel, flew back home. Our luggage arrived a month later,and the airline did pay only 1/10 of our expenses, after calling about a hundred times, writing loads of e-mails, which took about 6 months. We tried this adventure not to ruin our travel, since we paid loads of money for it, but we got a lot of lessons. Now we only travel with carry-on luggage and follow www.onebag.com rules.