Friday, May 24, 2013

The Battery of Charleston and much more of its kind...


Just right north of The Battery on East Bay Rd. After the Civil War, Charleston was in rough conditions  (I just can't imagine that), but painting these houses brightened things up a bit. I think my personality would fit right in The Row. 




The Charleston Single styled home was fascinating to me. I initially thought the homes were built sideways and it was such a shame. I just had to catch on their ways... Perfect for the humid hot climate, it allows for the breeze to carry through and ventilation because they date pack to pre-AC. So they don't face the street. It's a one room wide size home, but oh so huge in height and depth. The strangest part is that the front door opens to the porch. 




Most of the homes below are located at The Battery. Those are along the water so they do face forward.






I love pillars


Which porch should we sit on today?


White Point Gardens is located on the water just right now from The Battery. I'll just say that The Battery is the Central Park South of Charleston and these gardens are Central Park equivalent. 



The building at the end of the street in the pic above is the Old Exchange Building with the dungeon below. On that balcony is where the Declaration of Independence was read. And unfortunately, slaves were sold close by. 


Gallery Row above




King St. does live up to its name.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Charm of Charleston...


Pecans. Pralines. Done


Fresh Fudge, I die. NYC doesn't know such a thing.


Fresh off the oven. I might of brought 5 lbs home. 


College of Charleston


Can you imagine your university being so beautiful you take bridals on campus?


So great seeing my lifelong/childhood friend, Will, from Monroe who went to Coll. of Char. after highschool. He took us to a delicious dinner spot and pointed out quite a few things for us. Thank you, Will!


Charleston's good looking bridge. We wanted to bike across but ran out of time.


We ate well in Charleston. Lots of great food. Yet, this was clearly our favorite. Loved it so much, I took a picture of the food, the second time around we went there. Their fried green tomatoes are the best I've ever had. Andrew said the same about their fried chicken, and he knows his fried chicken.

 

I didn't think much of the basket weaving that we saw taking place throughout Charleston until we learned what it was about... the sweetgrass hand-made basket-weaving has been taking place in the low-country for over 400 years. It's a traditional art that was brought from West African slaves and has been passed down from generation to generation. It was the perfect gift to bring home to mom after watching the twiners for four days. We got a smaller piece from this lady above who worked 2 full days weaving the basket/top thing we got for mom. I initially thought the price was high and wanted to talk her down a bit. I didn't dare when I learned how labor intensive these things are.



Charleston's Waterfront Park...




Quintessential southern sitting area that invites all to sit and chat a bit. 



The view from the top of Vendue Inn. A steeple skyline typifies the south too. 



The Old Citadel of Marion Sq. that is at the top of King St. We weren't in Charleston for a Saturday but apparently this is where the big farmers market goes down. 


Didn't stay at Charleston Place--I wish--but we did walk around back to see the horse statues. I just love all things horses. I didn't watch the Bachelorette but some might recognize this from the show. 


When in Charleston, this is must. It was the last thing we did before we headed to the airport. 


I have a thing for wall murals. Especially, this one. 


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gateway Walk of Charleston...

The street and alleys of Charleston were so charming, we could easily spend the day just exploring and weaving in and out of the different cobble stone walkways. It was recommended we take the self-guided Gateway Walk where the path is marked by little signage. Loved this walk. I highly recommend. When I asked our concierge of the hotel about it, she was surprised I even had heard about it. She had an additional printout to give us though so we could follow.  



The path started at a local church and sent us along a stone path through an old cemetery. 


How inviting is this path?




The Gateway Walk also took us down Philadelphia Alley that is supposed to be haunted--not so much in the day time but I can only imagine so at night. I can't remember the background entirely but some have died along the path as a bar entrance was along the alley back in the day. It has since been cemented up. 


 


Lots of iron gates to open along the walk. Hence, Gateway Walk. In fact, some were locked so we had to create our own detour. 


Perfectly manicured gardens as I was peeking through their cast iron fence to see. 


Lots of horse head tie-ups around Charleston. If anything is 50+ years old, it can't be taken down or manipulated. The 20th century doesn't need the tie-ups that they needed in their day, yet neat to see scattered throughout. (This one is just missing the right in his mouth to loop the rope through)