Spicyland in Charleston – Part 1

I miss Charleston!  I miss Savannah!

As I’ve been editing and loading these photos, my heart is a little sad to think back on this trip and how I cannot wait to go back again someday.

We arrived in Savannah Saturday, mid-afternoon.  Their airport is really nice – small and easy to get in and out of.  Grabbing our suitcases and the rental car was a breeze.

Savannah airport

The drive to Charleston was a quick two hours or so.

Welcome to Charleston

We missed our turn and ended up crossing the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge, connecting downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

Arthur Ravenel Jr bridge 1

Arthur Ravenel Jr bridge 2

Arthur Ravenel Jr bridge 3

A u-turn on the other side and we were back on our [right] way….I’m glad we could catch these views!

view from bridge

We were pretty travel-weary after the flight and drive, but we wandered down King Street and into a few bars that night.  It’s always so disorienting to explore a new place when it’s dark out.

first night in Charleston

DT and I, our first night out in Charleston!

Good morning, Sunday!

Courtyard view 1

DT and I woke up fresh and ready for Charleston.  The view from our room – seeing palm trees and a pool is so very nice. 🙂

Courtyard view 2

Courtyard pool 1

Courtyard pool 2

Courtyard fountain

We stayed at the Courtyard Charleston Historic District – a nice hotel, reasonably priced, and very centrally located.  We walked everywhere.

Courtyard porch

Courtyard - front

We returned to King Street in the daylight.  It’s lined with shops (some chain, some independent), restaurants (some chain, some independent), and bars.

King St - for Nancy

For Nancy.

King St 1

Charleston library 1

Charleston Library Society

Charleston library 2

The thing about Charleston and Savannah….the streets and architecture are absolutely beautiful.  It feels like, a. You’ve stepped back in time, b. You’ve been transported to Europe, or c. You’re in a storybook.  Or all of the above.

Charleston architecture 1

Charleston architecture 2

Horse-drawn carriages were everywhere too.

carriage ride

Charleston architecture 3

cobblestone street 1

We stopped into The Blind Tiger Pub on Broad Street for lunch.

Blind Tiger Pub 1

Blind Tiger Pub 2

We sat inside, but they have an amazing patio/garden space out back.

Blind Tiger Pub 3

Blind Tiger Pub 3

I was on a mission this trip to eat as many fried green tomatoes as I could.  When in Rome, right?!  Blind Tiger’s version was positively delectable, served almost as a salad with FGTs on top and drizzled with a basil aioli I could and would have eaten by the spoonful.

fried green tomatoes 1

After lunch, we walked around some more.

Beauty:

Charleston architecture 4

Charleston architecture 5

Charleston architecture 6

alley 1

I mean….

Charleston architecture 7

Me:  speechless.

alley 2

And this was only the beginning.

Along the waterfront – Charleston Harbor.

East Bay St 1

Charleston Harbor

East Bay St 2

DT and me, Charleston Harbor

Charleston architecture 8

Charleston architecture 9

We strolled through Battery Park, also known as White Point Gardens.

Battery Park 1

Battery Park 2

Battery Park 3

1776!  This city has so much history, going back to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.  There are old cannons in this park!

Battery Park 3

DT, Battery Park

Charleston architecture 10

Charleston Place is a sprawling hotel – a coworker recommended we check out their monstrosity of a lobby.

DT, Charleston Place

Charleston Place 1

Charleston Place lobby 1

Impressive, no?

Charleston Place lobby 2

Thoroughbred Club

Charleston Place 2

After our afternoon hike, we headed back to the hotel and broke out YAHTZEE.  Let the games and domination begin! 😉

Yahtzee 1

church by night

Our first full day in Charleston was a sightseeing delight!

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