Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Our Southern Road Trip - Charleston

From Myrtle Beach, SC we headed south to Charleston, SC....

Now for those of you who don't know much about Charleston, here's a little history for ya!

Founded in 1670 (about 100 years before the American Revolution), Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina. It is located on a harbor and definitely has that port-town feel. During both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, the forts in Charleston played key roles in defending the city.

The early colonists of Charleston were British, and I still think today you can see the influence England had on the architecture of Charleston's oldest buildings.

I absolutely loved this city and felt like there was so much Daniel and I could do and explore over a week's time.

Our first stop was to shop! Wohoo! We walked around the historic City Market.

Daniel in front of the City Market building. 
Although it looks small, this building is quite long! 
It is constructed as a very long, narrow open air marketplace. 

Here's a view from the inside.

I'm just so amazed at how old this building is (close to 225 years!) and still looks good! I love those wood beams!

Next, we headed toward Waterfront Park to see the Pineapple Fountain.

And we were also surprised to find beautiful views of the Ravenel Bridge, Charleston Harbor, and Fort Sumter!

They had beautiful park benches and landscaping.

Definitely a romantic and gorgeous place to be.

After the park, we wanted to check out the river view. We walked along Vendue Wharf, which is a wide, wooden pier that extends into the Cooper River and offers sheltered swings. The pier provides unobstructed views of the Ravenel Bridge, Charleston Harbor, and Fort Sumter.

After that, it was time to head back to our Myrtle Beach condo. Even though the weather was overcast all day, Charleston was so incredibly beautiful! The architecture and preserved buildings from the 18th century were just astounding! I really felt like I was in a historical town (yeah, we pretty much have none of that in Florida. And, no St. Augustine doesn't quite count in my book).

Charleston also had some great, quirky places to eat. Foodies- you would love this city! We grabbed some hot chocolate at Kaminsky's Baking Co. on our way back to the beach!

Love ya, Charleston! I'll definitely come back and visit!

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