21.05.2013 - 21.05.2013
Another two weeks, and another five states!
It's back to being just the two of us after spending the last few weeks with the Berrisfords. We are currently in Baltimore and went on a self guided Wire tour yesterday! The Greeks diner and Mcnulty's HQ were the highlights .
Before we started the drive up the East coast, we had four nights each in Key West and Miami. Key West was brilliant, full of boutique shops, shot bars, food trucks and drag queens. We had a great time! One night we took Jess and Sandra on a private speed boat sunset trip as an owed Christmas present. With a picnic of bubbles and rum, our skipper Tommy took us out to 'Dolphin playground' where we saw quite a few right next to the boat, and in mating season!
Next stop was Miami which is basically a much bigger version of Key West, but with some 1930s architecture thrown in. We went of a self guided Dexter tour and found his apartment, but mainly spent our time shopping, drinking and on the beach.
On our last day there, Sunday 12th, it was Rob's birthday and American Mothers day. We went for a brunch at Edge at the Four Seasons which was epic, and definitely rivalled our one in Singapore with Sammy and Kat! The taco bar and BBQ grill was a great addition to the classic oysters, crab, and eggs.
It was then time to drop off Sandra at the airport and head up the coast. After a night in a motel in Daytona beach we arrived in Charleston where we had stayed for two nights. Due to strict local restoration laws it's ridiculously pretty with all the 'old' houses kept perfectly maintained. It's also a big uni town though so there were lots of cool restaurants, and as the weather was still good we enjoyed a few cheeky cocktails on rooftop bars. Rob and I had seen an episode of Rick Stein where he went to an oyster shack outside of town, which we manage to find. They shovel up oysters from the creek and then chuck them in huge metal barrels to steam. We ordered a tray and were in time to watch the sunset.
We also visited a big plantation on the way out of town and topped up our previously abysmal American history knowledge, learning about the slaves that basically built the 'free' society that America is.
We left Jess in Myrtle Beach from where she was flying to New York, although not before spending a night there during what turned out to be biker week. Imagine 10,000 bikers, a fairground, a beach and a lot of rum - a fun night!
Next stop was for a night in Wilmington (where I dragged Rob around to some of the filming locations for Dawson's Creek), and we then had two nights in Washington and followed the tourist route of seeing the Whitehouse (smaller than it looks on telly) Lincoln memorial (for a Forest Gump moment) national monument (covered in scafolding) and the Capital Building (very impressive).
We are now heading Phili before bypassing New York and spending some time in New England.
States: Florida, South and North Carolina, Virginia, DC and Maryland
Weather: mainly good but it rained in Washington
Food: We tried out Gullah Cusine in Charleston; amazing fried chicken! Plus we sampled all of the Key Lime Pie in Key West
Accommodation: airbnb is letting us down as we head further north so we are having to stay in more motels