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North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston September 23rd 2010

In America, many people I meet can’t understand as to why anybody would take the train. It takes longer, can be more expensive, and the service, is, quite frankly, pretty limited. Rail travel is seen as something of an oddity, something either eccentrics or old people do. Though I must be one of the world’s biggest train loyalists, I begin to understand why when I plan my train trip across the USA towards New Mexico. I want to travel from Charleston in South Carolina to New Orleans (also on the South Coast), and then westwards from New Orleans across to El Paso in Texas. Simple enough. But is it possible? No. Instead, Amtrak (the US train company) wants to send me all the way up to Washington D.C., then across to Chicago, and from there on ... read more
Hmmmm.... not sure about this....
The glorious inside of Charleston's Amtrak Station...
The lovely Amtrak train

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston September 20th 2010

So now, after gliding over the ocean for two weeks, I am in the United States of America. It’s a strange, almost surreal feeling. And I have to admit that part of me doesn’t even want to be here. I am half-tempted to stay on board of MSC Ilona and go all the way to the Bahamas and Mexico with my lovely Filipino crew. If it wasn’t for my study place in New Mexico, the reason I came here for in the first place... When I climb down the wobbly gangway at Charleston harbour, it is extremely hot and humid. Again my hands get messy with black machine oil. A feeling of nostalgia comes over me when I remember scrambling up the same gangway a mere two weeks ago. Just opposite our ship is the tiny ... read more
Mr Michael Murray
With the fabulous Alluette
Art at Alluette's Cafe

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston September 16th 2010

Looks whats coming to bring some swell - Igor!!!! What a good bloke. Pic's and stories to come after this weekend - HOPEFULLY! ... read more

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston September 4th 2010

Thurs Sept 2nd- Charleston- Got up early to catch the free breakfast which featured a huge selection of bagels and fillings. Then we walked to the visitors centre in downtown before heading to the charleston museum where were learn't a lot about the history of Charleston in the adult section of the museum and played games dressed up and did drawings in the kids section. We then caught the trolley which is an old fashioned little bus used in the town centre to the waterfront park, rainbow row which was a street with brightly coloured painted old houses and the battery which is where they used to view battles in the water from. We caught the trolley back to the visitors centre and then walked back to the hostel via the best named supermarket ever, piggly ... read more
Trolley bus
water front
Water front and bridge to mount pleasant & isle of plams

Well, here we still sit in Cooper River Marina. It is a great place. We would have left but we are kind of waiting to see what the hurricanes are doing. We had wanted to go north but Earl is poking its noise in that direction. So we are thinking about ducking into Georgia for a week or so. The 1950-2009 hurricane landfalls show no landfalls in Georgia. I climbed up the mast to add a flag line so we can hoist a flag. Most everything is ready and the car sold on Sunday. So we are now water bound so if we do not get out of here, we will get hungry. Carol is mending the nets so we can catch some shrimp for dinner tonight (PS, donations can be sent). Carol’s sister Gloria came ... read more
Sunken Boat
Raising the Boat
Carol's sister Gloroa

Thanks again for viewing! Well, we have been home at Cooper River Marina in Charleston for a couple weeks now. This is like arriving at the Hilton with hot showers in air conditioned areas. We went through the Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel and it is always a great sight. It is 27 miles of bridge and two tunnels. There is a viewing area at the start of one of the tunnels where you can stop. We started onto the Outer Banks in North Carolina and stopped at Kitty Hawk and saw the National Monument to the First Flight. It was still very hot so we did not spend much time on the Outer Banks and returned to Charleston from there. We traveled about 14,000 miles and the old Honda has about 304,000 miles now. If we ... read more
Before Tunnel
In the Tunnel Under the Bay
Looking Across

In a little place known as Charleston.... Live "Mam and Pa Ray", grandparents of Will and Adam, parents/step parents of Bill and Frances. The ride down from Charlotte was relatively short- 4 hours in an air conditioned car with sufficient ipod battery life didn't bother me in the slightest, plus windscreen in the Jeep was also replaced during our visit to Stacey and David's so the slightly unnerving idea of the windscreen falling in and smashing all over our faces was nicely put to rest. Arriving at Bobbye and Ray's was a lovely surprise- cottage style home, big enough for us all to fit comfortably (each of us in our own paired off room) complete with a Mini Cooper (!!!!!!!!!!) in the garage. I have been drooling over it the whole time we've been here. ... read more
Mam and Pa Ray's

It's packing day - we're starting to head home. First we stopped at Poogans Porch for a very nice brunch: great biscuits (thanks Pat!). Next we stopped at the Charleston Tea Plantation - only tea plantation in North America. Learned a lot about tea - like the fact that all teas, black, green, oolong, etc., are made from the same leaves. They are just processed differently after they are harvested to make the different flavors. Not too many picture opportunities: just acres and acres of green bushes. Then we started our 5-hour trek to Raleigh. Got here around 8pm and promptly left the hotel to go to the movies - Toy Story 3! Oh, one thing I kept forgetting to mention ... early in the week when we were in the hotel elevator, Allsion was reading ... read more
Tea plants

We started out the day walking around The Battery looking at more incredible houses. The Battery is at the very point of the peninsula of Charleston, overlooking the Charleston harbor. The houses that have a direct view of the harbor are all $10 million and up, according to one of the guides. We finally made it to Jestine's Kitchen, a famous Charleston restaurant that has been written up in Gourmet and Southern Living magazines. This is a casual, southern, 'soul food' place. We had a very early lunch so we didn't have to wait in the typical line that runs down and around the block. We both had fried chicken, and it lived up to the hype - outstanding. We followed this by sharing a piece of Coca-Cola cake. I don't know why it's called that, ... read more
more houses ...
some of Battery Park
another house

Thursday - Lots of pictures today to make up for yesterday! We visited two of the popular plantations in the area. We started at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. We took a very informative house tour (as always, not photos allowed). Then, since we are too late in the year for most of the flowering gardens, we took advantage of the nature tour and the Audubon Swamp Walk. Saw lots of birds and a few gators. We were assured by our guide that the gators, of which there are hundreds on the plantation ranging in size up to 15 - 16 feet long, "hardly ever interact with people." Interact? Hmmm. This plantation is also has a nationally-recognized rookery, home of many herons, egrets, ibises(?), and anhingas, among others. It was really cool to see so many of ... read more
Sneaky Gator

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