From the Lowcountry of South Carolina we traveled up to the city of
I have to say
is one of the most walkable cities I’ve ever been to. Our bed and breakfast was
located just half a block off Charleston King
Street (a shopaholic’s dream) - in a large old
house with a charming courtyard in the back – and a porch that was perfect for
breakfast and afternoon tea.
|Exploring Fort Sumter|
Civil War scholars and History buffs have walked the Fort’s grounds reverently and although I am neither, I always feel privileged whenever I get the chance to set foot on ground where history was actually made. Visitors are able to walk around at will - but are cautioned to listen for the boarding call for the return trip. The well done and very informative museum there should not be skipped.
|Don't stick your head in there!|
proper we got to try a good sampling of southern cooking – dinner at Hank’s
Seafood Restaurant for pan seared scallops, grilled salmon, oysters, and
Seafood a la Wando, accompanied by an impressive wine list and topped off with
a delightful crème Brule and peanut butter pie. Lunch at Jestine’s kitchen for
crab cakes and fried green tomatoes was a treat and lunch another afternoon was at Queology, where a trio of
bbq sauces is offered to spice up the very tender and delicious pulled pork sandwiches
and ribs. Charleston
|Pulled Pork Sliders|
|Salmon at Hank's|
Several plantations grace the outskirts of
- several of them separated by
only a few miles on Charleston Ashley River
Road. They all have their individual, unique
features but time permitted us to see only one. We settled on Magnolia
|Magnolia Plantation House|
It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowountry, and the oldest public gardens in
to visitors since 1870. We enjoyed walking the grounds, where we actually
spotted a couple of alligators, one of which was large enough to be scary! They
are not supposed to be aggressive toward humans but I wouldn’t want to push my
luck. There is a petting zoo – the one downside to the visit. It is small and
cramped and the animals in the cages and pens were not meant to live that way.
I would love for it to be phased out. We did enjoy the numerous peacocks that
roamed about though. One poor guy kept circling a car, looking at his
reflection in the chrome bumper and circling again. I hope he didn’t drive
himself crazy by the end of the day! America
|Vain or crazy?|
Right next to the plantation is the
Audubon Swamp Garden which I was
looking forward to.
|Plumage to be proud of!|
|In the Swamp|
We heard about it from someone at the party we had recently attended and since I love old cemeteries and it was on the outskirts of town, stopping was a no-brainer. On the National Register of Historic Places, it is the final resting place for authors, politicians, military and assorted notables. It certainly is a walk through history. One of the most fascinating plots is that of the crew of the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate submarine which sunk three times, losing her entire crew each time, including the inventor for which it was named.
|One of the crews of the H.L. Hunley- R.I.P.|
|Easy to miss|
|Walking the Battery|
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