High Water Festival

Our latest trip to USA was based on attending the High Water musical festival in what turned out to be a lovely Riverfront Park in Nth Charleston. We were drawn by the hosts of the festival – Charlestonian locals Shovels and Rope – and one of our favourites – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

We were not disappointed. Uber there and back was the mode of travel as we decided not to hire a car, even if Avis kept the sunglasses I had left behind in Charlotte NC last trip, let me know they had them, tried to ship them back which was too difficult, but managed to have them delivered to an agency a block away from where we were staying when I let them know we were coming back – now that is customer service.

The festival was a weekender but festivities started the night before as per my last post – great start to the weekend. Saturday we were up for a brunch called Pass the Peas. This was damn fine food from three of Charleston’s finest chefs. Started with some great oysters, shredded duck and egg plant starters. And cocktails. Then it was time to sit and meet some new friends and dine on courses of steak, crab cake, shrimp, beets, chicken, fish – too good. And matched wine, rounded off with Irish Coffee and chocolates. This was a great start to our weekend of libations, food and music.

Then off to the festival. Great setting, good watching spots, plenty of bars and eatery choices (although food lines were long). Friendly and everyone enjoyed themselves. Really enjoyed sets from the Old 97s, Jeff Tweedy, and Jason Isbell – although fan favorite seemed to be Brandi Carlisle. Enjoyed all this in great sunshine and cocktails of four roses bourbon and Red Bull. Getting home was a struggle with Uber but we managed to get one and because of the surge another couple jumped in and shared the ride for cash.

Next day we could grab some more rest as we did not have to be out for brunch. Another great day with sets from Shovels and Rope, Joshua Hedley, Tank and the Bangas, and Band of Horses. Less people meant we could eat without queuing for what seemed ages, and we enjoyed some beer instead of cocktails. Much easier to Uber back, ending a great weekend and one we’d love to come back for.

Music and libations

Only a short stop in Williamsburg and then a few hour flight south to Charleston SC for some music, food and libations.

Easy travel from our hotel that was nice even though it was sans hot water because of some trouble affecting the whole block. But the water was still maybe warmer than it was outside – or was it?

More importantly Jim looked up the recommendation for getting to LaGuardia – the two hours before your flight is no joke. Most of that two hours was spent getting through security. Lucky for us we were not too bad, by the time we reached the front the end of the queue was almost outside in the rain.

Pleasant flight out with Delta watching a poor 5 year old who only spoke Spanish and was on the flight by himself going home to mum. Wonder the story – poor boy but he was kept amused. He had a play on my iPad and watched some movies on someone else’s.

Into Charleston, lovely weather – 27, compared to the 6 we’d just left behind. Great hotel – Hilton Suites – in a good location, and an easy walk to Leon’s poultry and fish where we had some great oysters, soft shell crab, shrimp (aka prawns), grilled radicchio and cocktails.

Next day was a walk around. We’ve been here before so knew where we were going. Nice city with a lot of tourists but good shopping and eateries. And to finish the day, low country boil, oysters, beers and music at a night before the music festival we travelled over for. And I write this filling in time for day one of the High Water festival.

No, this is a new trip

So, I forgot to finish our last trip to USA and it is now time for another trip. This time she’s only a short one to NY and Charleston.

And here’s the first 24 hours – well, not much there because that was on two planes. Melbourne to LAX, then LAX to JFK. However, first leg was very good as we scored a points upgrade to business class. Yes, well worth the extra room for a big guy like me. Second leg was premium economy but that was still good for sleeping. And 24 hours, maybe not quite accurate if you factor in airport travel and check-ins and flights of almost 19 hours it feels like so much more.

And first day in Williamsburg, across the river from Manhattan, was cold – about 9c at the most but pleasant. We did a bit of walking the hood after a big breakfast at Jimmy’s Diner then a ferry ride to DUMBO. We walked the Williamsburg Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge and had excellent Italian at Lilia’s, followed by after dinner drinks at Brooklyn Brewery, which is across the road from our hotel. Very enjoyable day – next visit is plane to Charleston.

Easy walking around, no dramas, lots of tourists (mostly at Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO – down under Manhattan Bridge) – and cold ears. Easy ferry, which cost $5.50 for a two way. Back in a week for more exploring and being a tourist.