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.
Beautiful entrance of the Wentworth Mansion
Columns and oak trees whisper sophistication and grandeur.
Floating Staircase in the Nathaniel Russell House
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.
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.
Magnolia Plantation Trail
The oaks of Waterfront Park offer a canopy of protection and a sense that those who walk here are special and extremely blessed.
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.
Teatime in Charleston
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.
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.