Friday, May 4, 2012

Charleston, oh, Charleston



I have been looking forward to sharing with you some of the hi-lites of our trip to Charleston.  I thought Friday Favorites would be a great time to do that.  While there were many favorites, I've saved the best for you.

Hubby and I loaded up the vehicle, and headed off on the morning of Friday, April 13th.  Suitcases had everything imaginable, we had a "snack box" on the back seat, a full tank of gas and when you are traveling with my Hubby, you will always have a clean windshield. ~chuckle~  And, yes, we do travel with a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex in our vehicle at all times.

We stopped in Birmingham Friday evening and then drove on to Tommy's sister's house in Flowery Branch, Georgia on Saturday.  She and her husband are the most gracious host and hostess and


and we always enjoy sharing time with them.  We were off to Charleston on Sunday morning with plans to stop back by their house on our return trip and visit for a day or two.

We arrived in Charleston early afternoon and knew just from our drive in that we were in for a wonderful time.  We stayed at the historic King Charles Inn and it was located right in the heart of everything.  Plus the room was extra large with lovely furnishings

and a lovely place to return to each evening after a long day of seeing the sites.

We unpacked and then took off walking the historic downtown area. We particularly enjoyed seeing the old homes and we even got to tour a few of the ones that people currently reside in.  We enjoyed the gardens of the homes more than the actual home.  The homes weren't exactly our idea of welcoming and comfortable. ~wink~
 
Monday found us at the famed Boone Hall Plantation.  It was probably one of the most favorite places we visited.  We  


enjoyed the beautiful grounds and the history surround the plantation.  There was a young lady, Sharntell, weaving the beautiful Sweetgrass Baskets on the lawn and we enjoyed visiting with her and hearing the history of the baskets.

  Of course, I could not resist buying one of them.  There were crafters weaving them all over the streets in downtown Charleston, but it just seemed more special to me that she was weaving hers on the grounds of the plantation.

One evening we decided to go one of the Pedicab tours.

We had already walked miles and miles that day and this seemed the perfect way to end our day.  Zach was our guide and he was such a pleasure and such a fantastic guide.  He rode us around for about an hour, pointing out and telling about the various landmarks in the historic area.


 We talked to him about his job as it seemed to us to be a very hard job physically.  He went on to tell us that he is a competitive bike racer, loves riding the bike and this job allows for him to have a very nice income and to stay in shape at the same time.  Hummm.....He is a graduate of Charleston College and is saving his money to go to France for a couple of years to tour and visit. He says that this job pays very well.  And, Hubby and I said, in unison, "it should."  ~smile~

Another day found us at The Middleton Plantation. It was a beautiful place but just did not hold for us the charm that Boone Hall had.

Our last day found us at Fort Sumpter.  There was not a lot of beauty involved in this but we were glad that we rode the ferry over to see it.  It is certainly where a  lot of American History took place.

It was a fun filled 4 days in Charleston and we're so glad that we finally got to visit it.  We headed back towards Atlanta on Thursday morning for some more family fun before returning home. 


But, as the saying goes, there is just no place like home. So, we were happy folks when we pulled into our driveway to end a wonderful time away.


Thanks Rachel for hosting us each Friday with Friday Favorites! You're the BEST!
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

13 comments:

  1. What a wonderful trip! I would love to go there. I guess I would just love to see the South period. I have never been. Such pretty pictures. You and your hubby are quite cute together. Glad you had a good time. Have a good week-end!

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  2. Looks like an amazing trip! Someday we'd love to travel that far south!Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. First of all, I absolutely love your cute outfits! You're such a fashionista! Charleston is just the best! Of course, you did far more activities than I ever have there. Makes me want to go back! So glad you had an unforgettable time! It is always good to be home, though!

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  4. Aw, sounds like an amazing time! That pedicab driver is pretty smart!

    Your azaleas are absolutely beautiful!!!

    Blessings, have a great weekend and hope you get to feeling better soon!

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  5. I love your luggage. You look like a very organized traveler. I would love to go there one day. Have a good weekend.

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  6. It looks like you had a wonderful time. I think clean windows are a must! Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing them.

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  7. Hi! I just love reading your posts :) even though I don't know what your voice sounds like I feel like I can hear you talking as I'm reading along. I just had to giggle when I saw the pic of your hubby cleaning the window only because it made me think of the cute things My Love does ~ things that make him...him {smile} Hugs * EMichelle

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  8. love your Charleston recap! i am so impressed with your superb packing skills - you organized queen, you! : ) and Tommy, with the windshield... that cracks me up. but, i agree, it's nice to have a clean one. i'm happy you enjoyed Charleston. i hope you will come back! : )

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  9. Love the way you pack and the windex in the car is brilliant. I loved our trip to Charleston years ago. We need to get back soon.

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  10. Hey CiCi! I stumbled upon your blog and loved looking around here. And was so surprised to read that you just returned from Charleston....My hubs and I are going there in June and also plan to visit the Boone Plantation! Also, we haven't decided where to say in Charleston and you "review" of King Charles Inn sounds wonderful...I'm gonna check it out! We are planning to fly into Charleston and then travel south to Savannah and then on to FL to visit our kids...can't wait!

    So glad to "meet" you and am now your newest follower!

    Blessings!
    Jackie

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  11. I loved reading about your trip and 'seeing' the highlights. You are so organized. You can pack for me anytime.

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  12. We almost always take Windex and paper towels with us when we travel. We forgot them this last trip ... ugh! Of course we needed them, so we headed to the Walmart after arriving on the island and bought some.

    I love seeing your pictures of your trip. We didn't see either of those plantations nor did we see Fort Sumter. We definitely need to return ... maybe we can do some a few days in Charleston before we go to Hilton Head this fall (Charleston is only 2 hours from Hilton Head).

    We got home last night ... and it's always good to get back home. Even if a little piece of my heart is still on the beach in Hilton Head. ;-)

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  13. I guess I was too busy getting settled in last Friday to catch this post, but so enjoyed your trip with you. Next time, plan a trip to Savannah. You will love that too. Glad you're home and getting ready for the next trip to W. VA.

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So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!