Friday, May 1, 2009

Charleston..our first day

Charleston SC, what a gorgeous city. Bob and I got away for a couple days last week for an early 3 year anniversary trip and a getaway before the BIG DAY. Wednesday morning, April 22nd, we headed out about 6:00 am and by 9:00 am we heard a pop from our back right tire. We had a flat, Bob had to change it on the side of the road, and drive to Atlanta at about 60mph with a spare. Unfortunately our drive went from 7.5 to 11 hours. We rolled into Charleston tired and hungry and walked around the corner from our hotel to Hank's Seafood for some low country comfort food. We found a good spot and highly recommend the She Crab Soup, award winning they say.

Thursday morning we woke up early and were ready for a fun filled day. After breakfast, we took a carriage tour of the city to learn a little history and see all the amazing architecture. The beauty of the city is breathtaking, all the homes have overflowing window boxes of flowers and long porches with ceiling fans. The people are sweet and the streets are lined with live oak trees, it is truly romantic. When our tour ended a new one began of the The Market, you can't skip it. It has everything you don't need. There are women that make african seagrass baskets that are quite beautiful and unique to Charleston, outside of Africa. I purchased a basket and couple of prints of the city. Bob and I have started a tradition of collecting art from most cities we visit. Fort Sumter was next on the list with lots of history to take in. We had a nice 30 minute boat ride to the island and plenty of sunshine to enjoy it. On the way to lunch, I insisted on getting a rickshaw. The tricycle taxi service is one of MY TOP 5 FAVORITES OF CHARLESTON. It is so much fun being toted around the city in an open air cab! Fabulous! Jestine's Kitchen, a local low country lunch favorite, is where we ended up for lunch. Fried green tomatoes, shrimp po boys, pecan fried chicken, and banana pudding. Need I say more, we highly recommend this spot. After all that food, we headed over to King Street, reminiscent of Rodeo Drive, and shopped in the afternoon. We didn't hit the antique stores but we heard they are a must for furniture lovers. We were craving to get near the water for Dinner and ended up at . It was perfect, on the water with a soft ocean breeze and really good food. The highlight was hushpuppies stuffed with seafood and cream, oh so excellent first day on vaca.
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