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North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston February 24th 2020

Charleston Blog 15th February 2020 Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water. The South Carolina Aquarium is another coastal attraction and is popular for its 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. Nearby, the circa-1773 Charleston Museum showcases the history of the South Carolina Lowcountry region. Many refined Downtown restaurants also specialize in Lowcountry cooking, which blends Southern U.S., African, French and Caribbean flavors. Beyond Downtown, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens offers a glimpse of t... read more
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North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston December 2nd 2019

We are at the part of any trip where we start making changes to the itinerary because we realize we were over ambitious in what we wanted to try and see and maybe more, because the aging process is catching up with us, and a few more minutes of sleep each day becomes very important. Today is our last day and we originally had three things on the schedule, one we did yesterday so now we have two, so the day will not be as rushed. The only thing we took off the itinerary was breakfast at the local hotspot. Will save some time and money by just eating another vegetable frittata. The trip has been a good one and I am glad we finally made it to Charleston. This like Savannah and New Mexico have ... read more
Dolphins
Fort Sumter
Unrestored cannon

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston December 1st 2019

Sunday in Charleston, since most sites are closed or have shortened hours today, it was a good opportunity to sleep in and have a relaxing day. We slept in until about 9, Tarragon wanted to be fed at his normal time 6:30, but he just had to wait. He just laid next to me so he could be the center of attention until I decided to get up. We had very little planed today, Brunch, a museum and a bit of shopping for the refrigerator magnet and a tea towel for Christina (this is our tradition we ever either of us go on a trip). We took our time getting ready and tip the housekeeper, Caroline. She had the next two days off and we wanted to make sure she was tipped directly because she did ... read more
Gate
Powder Magazine
Gibbs Museum

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 30th 2019

Just pulled into Charleston after four anchorages. It's a very nice marina. Staying here a few days, my brother is coming aboard Monday. If the weather holds we may be on Fernandina Beach by Sunday or Monday. The weather has been chilly but perfect for running the ICW. Sunny and low winds. Next few days is Laundry, oil and transmission fluid change, and restock. Then on to the Sunshine State. ... read more
Anchorage Wrightsville Beach
oops near Bouge Inlet
Inlets get tricky

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 30th 2019

We rented the car for two days, so we could do a few things outside of Charleston proper. Yesterday was the Antebellum South, and to day is a History Lesson./ Since we did not have to pick up the car, we did get to rest our weary bones a bit longer this morning and the three of us could lounge in bed before the day began. Yesterday I made the huge mistake of not taking a pain pill for my back, which I paid for (well Jerry paid for because I was a b***ch by the end of the day) dearly. Today, I took the pill and it made for a much more pleasant day, with almost no lower back pain. We had a quick breakfast before we headed out of town. Five days of vegetable ... read more
The Stockades
Pulled Pork
Brisket

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 29th 2019

Alarms started going off at 5, finally got out of bed at 6. We had an early start today in order to get in two plantations. Skipped the hosted breakfast to have a few more minutes of sleep. Quick showers, and loving of Tarragon and then off to pick up our car. The car rental was a little less than a mile away and we started walking. It was 56 degrees out, but with the harbor breeze it felt a bit nippy. As we started our walk, we could see a very large cruise ship in Port. About 1/3 of the way to the car rental the DASH (a free tourist shuttle) was approaching just as we walked by a stop, so we opted to go the rest of the way in the warmth of the ... read more
Drayton Hall
Upstairs Great Hall
Cellar Kitchen

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 28th 2019

The initial plan was to sleep in a little and then go to the Frances Marion Hotel, for their buffet breakfast. The Frances Marion is a historic hotel named after, yes you guessed it, Frances Marion, also known as the Swamp Fox, as he used the swamps around Charleston to hide from the British during the Revolutionary War. This was of course our plan, but instead we slept in a bit more and are leisurely getting ready for our pre-Thanksgiving dinner walk. Tarragon, is now fully settled in to his Southern lifestyle. Truly enjoying the comfortable and cozy king-sized bed. While I had my coffee, I watched a bit of the pre-parade run/walk, looked like most of the down was running or walking down the street. This is a good opportunity to give some general impressions ... read more
French Huguenot Church
Random Alley
Pineapple Fountain

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 27th 2019

We sleep so much better on vacation, mainly because we are just so much more physically active, I woke up about 30 minutes before the 7 am alarm went off. That doesn’t mean I jumped out of bed, instead just lounged and cuddled with Tarragon. We did not have a heavy day planed, not nearly as much as yesterday. The day consisted mainly of a walk by, a historic building tour, lunch at a place north of down town and some antique stores. After the morning routine we headed down to breakfast. This is a good time to describe the place we are staying. It is currently undergoing major renovation, but that hasn’t impacted our stay as they are working on other buildings not the part we are staying at. The front desk is located in ... read more
State
Old Eschange Building & Provost Dungeon
Martha Lou's

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 26th 2019

Morning came to early, and none of us, including the cat, wanted to get up, but we had a full day ahead so up and at’em. The bed while cozy, was too soft for my back, so morning stretching and a pain pill were in order. This getting older is for the birds. Even with a full day, we did not rush to get out the door. Tarragon, needed attention before his day of lounging on the king size bed, and breakfast was served until 10. So after, petting and feeding Tarragon, and our showers we went down to the complimentary breakfast. Pretty standard hotel breakfast. We were only expecting a continental breakfast but there were a couple of hot dishes as well, a vegetable frittata and breakfast potatoes with vegetables. Not great, but free and ... read more
Entry from family side
Manigault House
Aiken-Rhett House

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 25th 2019

The day started like any work day, up at 6 am, shower, coffee, get dressed, except instead of going to work we packed up Tarragon and were off to Penn Station. It was a different feeling leaving on a Monday, typically we leave midweek and I work part of the day. This trip we had the entire weekend before we started the real vacation. It did make packing easier, but kitty certainly knew something was up. After we got Tarragon in the carrier and everything to the curb, Jerry walked up to Broadway to get a cab and bring it back around. The taxi to Penn station was pretty smooth, except there really is no good, or fast way, to get from the west side to Penn station. But we got there without breaking the bank. ... read more




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