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7 Enchanting Days in Charleston, SC

I recently spent the most delightful 7 days in the enchanting city of Charleston, SC. Nicknamed “The Chuck,” the city exudes a sense of friendliness. Named after King Charles; it also has a sense of royalty and sophistication.  It is perfectly fitting. There is history everywhere you look. The city is full of architecture. The lawns and gardens are beautiful and welcoming. And since the best southern hospitality involves good food, Charleston sets a delicious spread.

Charleston Architecture

7 Enchanting Days in Charleston, SC

Amazing Architecture

Wentworth Mansion

Beautiful entrance of the Wentworth Mansion

architexture and arbor

Columns and oak trees whisper sophistication and grandeur.

Staircase

Floating Staircase in the Nathaniel Russell House

Suspended Staircase

The design of this staircase was ahead of it’s time.

J and I got a whopping dose of it all in what some call, the capital city of the historic south. We bounced through the town in a horse drawn carriage. Our tour guide pointed out the place where the War Between the States first broke out. The cobblestone streets had character. And a museum dedicated to sharing the atrocities of slavery builds a different kind of character.

Historical Tour

Carolina Carriage

cobblestone street

I sat on a “courting bench.” I imagined the days when touching shoulders with the opposite sex meant you were engaged. I walked through azalea gardens with the love of my life at Magnolia Plantation. We were spellbound as we strolled grounds where over a million plants were in bloom. We sat under the arbor of hundred-year-old oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. We strolled along Rainbow Row.  These century old homes are adorned with amazing window boxes filled with a double rainbow of colors.

courting bench

Courting Bench

Gardens

Magnolia Plantation Trail

Magnolia Plantation Trail

waterfront oaks in Charleston, SC

The oaks of Waterfront Park offer a canopy of protection and a sense that those who walk here are special and extremely blessed.

Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row

Window Box Row

White Window Box

It is in cities like Charleston that my heart beats a bit faster and I often catch my breath at the romance of history. This city tells stories of lives I wish I had lived and in other ways am so glad I didn’t. It is an enchanting collage of ambiguous ideals. Past lifestyles included tea in the afternoon and parties that spilled out onto the “piazza” in the evening. After these magnificent parties, bedtime included mosquito netting to protect against yellow fever. Bedwarmers kept them warm in colder winters than we experience now.

Southern Culture

Teatime in Charleston

Teatime in Charleston

Mosquito Netting

Merchant ships transported rugs from Turkey, silver from England, art from Italy and furnishings, etc., from France. Our lifestyles and culture were heavily influenced by Europe. It was heartening to see that many of our southern manners and gentility originated across the pond.

Virginia's on King

I am looking forward to visiting lots of places that weave tales of yesteryear into who we are as southerners today. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me.

Stay tuned for food, fun and facts from Charleston over the next few days. I will be sharing everything from historical tours to sharing a smoothie with a famous artist.

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    bonnie morgan

    April 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I have been to Charleston and would love to go again. Thank you for sharing great pics and interesting facts about the area.

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    April 21, 2016 at 10:11 pm
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    Leslie Anne Tarabella

    April 19, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Can you believe I’ve never been to Charleston? We almost spent our honeymoon there, but changed plans at the last minute. These photos look so beautiful. It reminds me a lot of Savannah and old Pensacola.

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    Jenna

    April 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Charleston is one of my very favorite places, I never get tired of photos and stories about this gentile and historic city. We are so lucky to have so many unique and diverse cities within driving distance of Alabama. Can’t wait to see more!

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