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Post Card: Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC has become known as one of America’s top tourist destinations as well as a Top destination in the world (sorry Nat). I fell in love with the town 30 years ago. Funny, now that we have moved here, we don’t do all the touristy things anymore. But with the help of Dylan’s cousin Nikki and her family, who came down to visit and see her climb stairs, we had an opportunity to be a tourist this wonderful Saturday afternoon and go for a walk downtown.

Historic Charleston is a peninsula, at least the downtown historic part is. It is bordered by the Cooper River to the north and the Ashley River to the south. Both rivers converge with the Atlantic in Charleston’s Harbor. The tip of the peninsula is called the Battery. Here is where cannons aimed at a Union fort in the harbor, Fort Sumter, fired on it, starting America’s 4 year Civil War. But that is only a smidgen of the history that has took place is this beautiful historic town.

Charleston was home to much of the South’s super wealthy plantation owners, and cotton tycoons in the 1700 and 1800’s. Charleston was often a mecca for these rich families to live or ‘summer in’ where they can meet and socialize with much of the other upper crust in this new nation. Accordingly, the Charleston peninsula, was described to me as “2000 mansions side by side” on my first trip to the Holy City, or Chucktown as it is called locally.

So without further commentary let me take you on a walk from the historic Charleston Battery up East Bay Street on a sunny summer afternoon.

First, the Battery has always been one of my favorite places to run.

the Battery is the home to my favorite running course(s)

the Battery is the home to my favorite running course(s)

White Point Gardens at the Battery

the Battery Gardens and another wedding

the Battery Gardens and another wedding

So let’s go out to the water and take a left up East Bay Street and take a look at some magnificent houses..

Let's take a walk up East Bay Street from the Battery

Let’s take a walk up East Bay Street from the Battery

Virtually all these houses have some historical significance. If you like history you would find this place very interesting..

A nice little number with all the Square footage you could want

A nice little number with all the Square footage you could want

As I said, about 2000 mansions side by side…

..where the mansions are literally side by side

..where the mansions are literally side by side downtown

They range in all types of architectural styles….

Various styles of architecture to appreciate

Various styles of architecture to appreciate

..and colors!

A pink flamingo colored property, reminiscent of the plantation owners in the Caribbean

A pink flamingo colored property, reminiscent of the plantation owners in the Caribbean

The Charleston “Single House” and especially the porches, or Piazza’s. …

The front of the house is actually the side of the house

The front of the house is actually the side of the house

Wealthy homeowners could build massive mansions on narrow lots. But the idea for the Piazza’s is to capture the coastal breeze in the house (no a/c back then) as well as shade on their porches from the hot summer sun.

IMG_20150725_110419597But common tourists really pass by the real beauty of these homes if they simply drive or walk by. The detail each homeowner puts into their house to make it unique is what I love. If you take the time to look down manicured allies, or backyard or front gates (I’m such a nosy tourist) the love for Charleston can really kick in!

IMG_20150725_131648286Whether it is the landscaping…

IMG_20150725_131627733 1Iron gates…

IMG_20150725_131349141or private courtyards…

IMG_20150725_130837398 1Even curious signs warning too curious travelers…

Beware Ye Butt!

Beware Ye Butt!

Each home is really worth taking the time to see individually. It’s quite a nice neighborhood to visit!

Yea, its a nice neighborhood to call home.

Yes, it’s a nice neighborhood to call home.

ย Here is a building worth seeing, the old Exchange and Provost Dungeon…all those flags have flown over it.

the Custom House and Provost Dungeon

the Old Exchange Provost Dungeon

It once was a prison (dungeon) holding American prisoners during our Revolutionary War; as well as famous (Blackbeard) and not so famous pirates. George Washington read a copy of the Declaration of Independence toย  Charlestonians from it balcony. And it was used as an ammunition stock pile during our Civil War as well as many other uses over its 200+ year life.

We decided to take a side street…

taking a right down a side street to the Waterfront Park

taking a right down a side street to the Waterfront Park

Ahhhh…. shade in the summer afternoon sun!

Lots of shade at the Waterfront Park

Lots of shade at the Waterfront Park

The Waterfront park has been made famous (check these out) through pictures from its two fountains…

 a few water fountains at the Waterfront Park

a few water fountains at the Waterfront Park

Our kids found one that suited them…

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The park does face the Cooper River though as it meets the sea, where you can see two forts from our Civil War…

Castle Pinkney and Fort Sumter on the right, start of America's Civil War

Castle Pinkney and Fort Sumter on the right, start of America’s Civil War

More modern attractions can be seen at the port, including Cruise ships, the Cooper river Bridge, home to the very popular Cooper River Bridgerun 10K, and the retired aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown.

Carnival Fantasy, Cooper River Bridge (Arthur Ravenel Bridge), Yorktown battleship

Carnival Fantasy, Cooper River Bridge (Arthur Ravenel Bridge), USS Yorktown across the river

We then decided to get some lunch….

Something is always brewing here...

Something is always brewing here…

At the Southend Brewery and head back to our car. Travelers remember, this is just walking up one street in Charleston. There are many other spectacular views on the other less traveled streets, side streets, and even allies. The town is really easy to fall in love with!

It was a great afternoon with family sightseeing, topping off a great morning when my daughter carted off two great awards from our Stairclimb…

stairclimbShe received the medal for winning her age group (there were only 2 7-year olds there) and the giant Hershey Bar for bringing in $500 to the Lung Association (thank again to all you showing her some love and support for a great cause). All the other $500 fundraisers got a bottle of Champagne.

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The Hershey bar promptly turned to soup in the car as we toured East Bay Street.

Today was a good day….

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12 thoughts on “Post Card: Charleston, SC

  1. Hi Andy,

    Great pictures of beautiful Charleston. My husband and I have spent many happy days there; we used to vacation there every May, so all the scenes look quite familiar.

    One of my favorite things about Charleston is that every year there seemed to be more renovations of the historic buildings and houses, so it looked better and better each year.

    It was so inspiring to visit a city where people take such pride in it.

    Nancy

    • Thanks Nancy. Yes the created a Historical society that know has stiff codes as far as you home is supposed to look downtown. I remember the story of a transplant from the North who got a note left on her door because she had the wrong type of wreath on her door. But they do take pride in being able to live downtown and the bar is raised higher, not lower every year. Come visit it again soon Nancy. We would love to see you! (I need to hire Mr. Ken to look over my computer) ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hey Andy,

        And Mr. Ken will take payment in donuts. ๐Ÿ™‚

        He is especially partial to Krispy Kreme donuts. There used to be a few Krispy Kreme stores here, but they closed.

        Actually, now that I think of it, Mr. Ken likes any kind of donut.

        Nancy

        • Well then, for Mr. Ken’s valuable time I think I can find the place where they make Krispy Kreme donuts here in town. Nothing like warm donuts! And being a donut junkie myself I am familiar with the local Dunkin Donuts as well as one of our favorite restaurants that serves warm donuts for dessert…how does that sound? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks for the great tour! Those houses are incredible!

    • Thanks Betsy, glad you liked it. The downtown is really something to see. It may be different things to different people but to me its Inspiring. Maybe you and Mr. Paul could be ParentingIsVisiting sometime ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week PIF! thanks for dropping by…

  3. How fun. I love getting to be a tourist in my own city! Charleston looks beautiful. I see why it is so popular.

    • Yes, nothing like playing tourist in your own town. It is a lot of fun. It has all the big attractions of a big city crammed into a small, walkable peninsula plus lots of great history, culture and dining. I fell in love with it my very first visit! Thanks for looking in Lora…always great to hear from you!

  4. Beautiful photos! I’m coming for a visit!!

    • You keep saying that! My pool is 90 degrees now (30C) And you know, when ever we get company in it IS like a vacation for us as it breaks up our norm and we get to do touristy thing like this. I know how you have talked on joining us on vacation in the past. And, news flash, the one running friend I have had for years owns a fitness studio on the coast and she just lost two personal trainers….. I’m just saying.,,,She told me that yesterday.. after she did the 5000 stairclimb AND the 1500 climb. Come look us up Sandy! And have a great week! thanks for dropping by..

  5. I liked the houses with the front to the side.
    Congratulations on the climb, that chocolate soup must have tasted good.

    • You are a Nut..pretty girl! Sorry, we never tried the chocolate soup. that had disaster written all over it in the car. We took it home and put it in the refrigerator. Yes those houses a wonderful. I feel like I’m on vacation every time I go down town. Thanks for dropping by Ms. Aurora! Have a great week1

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