Charleston, S. C. Steeped in History and Southern Charm

616767_3496952471871_1539455554_oCharleston, S.C. is bursting with Southern charm and hospitality. There’s a feeling of stepping back in to another time as you walk around the city. At every corner the architecture reeks of history, thanks to its antebellum homes .????????????????????





I went back to Charleston recently to visit family and take a short vacation. While we only spent a day and a half in the historic section of Charleston we were still able to take in incredible views of the Battery and the French Quarter as well as stroll the Waterfront Park.????????????????????



St Phillips Episcopal Church








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College of Charleston








An easy way to see the historical section is to take a carriage ride with a tour guide. Tour guides in Charleston have to be tested on the history of the area in order to get a job. ????????????????????






Charleston’s Sweetgrass baskets at the Market

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blue heron feeding her baby in a tree at The Battery



The Battery on the harbor

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Charleston is a foodie’s delight and is quickly becoming a mecca for those interested in a unique culinary experience. What I’ve found different in the past ten years is the proliferation of restaurants with great chefs from other parts of the country. But there are certain things that distinguish Low Country cuisine from anywhere else and that is shrimp and stone ground grits.
After walking around Waterfront Park we strolled over to eat at Fleet Landing Restaurant on Concord Street which is right on the harbor.????????????????????????????????????????








Charleston is a wonderful city to explore on foot as the area is coastal  with nice weather for most of the year. Many visitors find that having a car is unnecessary as most of the historic sites, restaurants and shops in Charleston are within walking distance.
The best weather for visiting depends on what you would like to do. I prefer cooler weather so I choose spring and late September or early October. The summers are hot and humid. It is always wise to take some mosquito repellant and skin so soft for the “no-see-ums.”
Whatever time of year you visit you will find many enjoyable things to do. This city takes pride in its title of being the most civil and well-mannered city in the US.



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