Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Day in Charleston

So, one of the days, while we were in MB, my Sis & Bro-in-Law watched our kids....and Bri & I drove into Charleston, SC for the day. I hesitated putting this post up...just because it sounds so BORING, but it really was a fun day.

It is NOT somewhere that my kids would've liked, but it was nice for a grown up day.

We got there and went on a horse drawn carriage tour of the city. It looked kind of like this one, but ours had 2 horses pulling it....(actually they were mules...not that it matters, but just thought I'd state the facts.)

Here is the view from our carriage.

It took us around the city, and we looked at a lot of beautiful houses.

Many of the houses in Charleston have porches (or piazzas, as they call them). A lot of them have a front door that opens onto the porch....isn't that cool?

After our carriage ride, we walked around and looked at more houses. See, I told you it was going to sound boring.

I LOVED the windows on the houses. They all had real shutters....the kind that actually close.
It was so charming.

O Romeo, O Romeo, where for art thou??

We learned that the more panes on a window...the older it was. Fascinating, I know, isn't it?

(I think Brian should get some bonus points for this trip...don't you?? This was not really his thing...if you know what I mean.)

The other thing that was neat to see was all of the wrought iron scroll work on the houses.

We saw this funny sign.....not sure why it's so blurry, I guess the photographer messed up. :)

We also saw this pretty rooster, I know....the excitement just won't stop!!!

We walked around Battery Park. The history there goes back a long time. It was interesting.  These people fought the Indians, the Spaniards, PIRATES (that's right I said Capt Jack Sparrow), and then the Northerners in the Civil War.  Whew!

Then, we drove around and guessed it...more houses..... and some other things like this church...

...and this building that was used to store gunpowder....also the oldest surviving building in Charleston.

View of the water.....Charleston is actually a peninsula that is surrounded by 2 rivers...the Ashley River and the Cooper River.

This is a view of Fort Sumpter in the distance. It is where the Civil War started. We didn't have time to go out to it, but if we go to MB again, we may take the kids there. They are actually very interested in the Civil War.

We ate lunch at a local restaurant, and I am not kidding, this is what Brian ate:

Fried green tomatoes, stuffed with crab cakes, covered with cream of crab soup, served on a bed of grits.

Doesn't that sound gross? It actually wasn't that bad.

I had baked fish. :)

We'd had enough "southern food" for the day, so we had dinner here. Fun!

That's it for your history lesson. Have a good day!


Steph said...

I loved all the pics of the houses and windows! I'd convert them all to sepia and do a pretty little arrangement in my house! sounds like my kind of day....though not my husband's either!

Amy said...

Oooh, I want to go to Charleston! It sounds like a relaxing day with Brian. Glad you guys had a great time together!

Debbie said...

Hi Kathi! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. When I clicked over I kept thinking I had seen your site before then I realized, that, duh, Darcy designed your blog so I had probably seen it on her Graphically Designing site. What spectacular pics of Charleston you took...and the carriage ride sounded heavenly and romantic!

jodie said...

Wow! Beautiful!

But, yes, I could actually hear Brian yawning!