BC: DEPARTED | CHARLESTON | 6 APR 2013
FC: Charleston, South Carolina March 29th - April 6th 2013
1: Charleston | is the number one tourist destination in the U.S. according to the Condé Nast travel magazine. | We stayed at the Charleston Place Hotel which is lovely and located within walking distance of the historic district.
2: Our rooms at the hotel were very nicely appointed. We had a delicious breakfast in the Club Lounge every morning.
3: The upper levels of Fort Sumter were destroyed by Union bombardment late in the Civil War.
4: Plantations Drayton Hall, this page, and Middleton Place, opposite, are good examples of plantations near Charleston. Please, no wrestling with the gator.
6: African Baskets These are still made by hand with the same materials as in Revolutionary times.
7: St. Michael's Episcopal church on Meeting Street. | The stairs of the beautiful, venerable Charleston post office!
8: Historic Homes | The Nathaniel Russell house was very grand. Others vary. The exterior must be preserved, but not the interior. Most still have their original pine floors and woodwork. However, one that we toured was converted from a grocery store and was extremely modern inside. The Historic Charleston Foundation tours of homes and gardens were very good. They also had nice things in their shop and no sales tax.
10: Yorktown | Museum | 2 APR 2013
11: Yorktown CV-10 Its predecessor, CV-5, was sunk early in WWII but its namesake appeared in 1943 to help finish the war in the Pacific. It continued to serve until 1970. As a museum, it has an interesting collection of aircraft and memorabilia.
13: Charleston Harbor | THE RAVENAL BRIDGE is the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. It replaces an earlier, lower bridge over the Cooper River to provide clearance for large cargo ships. Charleston's major industries are tourism and BMWs. The cars are shipped from here to Europe and elsewhere. Homes on Sullivan's Island don't have much margin for a rising sea level. Fort Sumter, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, was where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
14: A Day in | SAVANNAH
15: Savannah's residential squares and old homes are very appealing.
16: Good times | Making memories | Savannah | APRIL | 2013 | The Savannah River was the inspiration for the "Moon River" lyrics written by Mercer. | Johnny Mercer grew up in Savannah.
19: The horses in the fountain at the hotel don't mind being wet. We and our traveling companions Lynne and Bill are at the hotel's Thoroughbred Club. George Washington stands in Washington Square but the obelisk behind him is a tribute to Civil War battles, not a replica of the Washington Monument. | Great Trip!
20: Charleston Grill March 30th Happy Anniversary, Lynne & Bill!
21: Dining Highlights | Hyman's Seafood Restaurant | Husk Restaurant | High Cotton | Anson Street Café
22: Charleston Museum | America's first museum was founded in Charleston in 1773.
23: George Washington's mug | Charleston Silver
24: Old Slave Market Museum | The domestic slave trade flourished in this building. International slave trading was made illegal in 1808. The museum offers a good description of the conditions and practice of slavery in the South.
25: St. Michael' 's Church | Completed in 1761, St. Michael's sits at the site of an earlier wooden church that was damaged in a hurricane. The side door and window are quite possibly by Tiffany.
26: Flowers of Charleston
28: Charleston Architecture
30: Farewell Charleston... until next time....
31: A single house: one room wide with piazza (porch) and entrance at the side.