Charleston

Looking north from the East Battery Promenade

Looking north from the East Battery Promenade

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, we drove the roughly 300 miles (480 kilometers) from Chapel Hill to Charleston, South Carolina. I had never visited this town before, and since we arrived in time for lunch on Tuesday and did not start our drive home until Thursday afternoon, we had two full days to explore. On Tuesday afternoon, we walked down Meeting Street to White Point Garden, and from there back north to Waterfront Park.

The next day, we decided to take one of those touristy rides on a horse-drawn carriage (actually, in our case motive power was provided by George and Pete, two mules). These rides take a little over an hour and are really fun. We were shown many of the historic sites, some of the beautiful mansions south of Broad Street, and throughout it all, we were treated to expert, and often humorous, commentary by our driver. We definitely recommend exploring Charleston in this way. We used Palmetto Carriage Works and they were excellent; we were also impressed with the way they treat their animals.

On Thursday morning, we drove to Johns Island in order to see Angel Oak, a spectacular tree that is several hundred years old. We then began our trip back to North Carolina. Even though poor weather had been forecast for our Charleston visit, we didn't encounter any rain until we were on our way home. We had a great time. For anyone who has the chance to visit Charleston, we have but one word: Go!

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At the intersection of King and Queen Streets Garden off Meeting Street

At the intersection of King and Queen Streets

Garden off Meeting Street


Wrought-iron balcony on Church Street Residence on Franklin Street

Wrought-iron balcony on Church Street

Residence on Franklin Street


On East Bay Street House on New Street

On East Bay Street

House on New Street


Spire of St. Philip's Church St. Philip's Episcopal Church The Circular United Church of Christ

Spire of St. Philip's Church

St. Philip's Episcopal Church

The Circular United Church of Christ


Garden off Meeting Street On Meeting Street Alleyway off Meeting Street

Garden off Meeting Street

On Meeting Street

Alleyway off Meeting Street


On Logan Street On Logan Street

On Logan Street

On Logan Street


Mansion turned B&B at 2, Meeting Street Private landau on South Battery

Mansion turned B&B at 2, Meeting Street

Private landau on South Battery


White Point Garden White Point Garden

White Point Garden

White Point Garden


East Battery Promenade Balconies on East Battery

East Battery Promenade

Balconies on East Battery


By Adgers Wharf Charleston Branch Pilots Association

By Adgers Wharf

Charleston Branch Pilots Association


In Waterfront Park Looking towards the pier and the Arthur Ravenel bridge

In Waterfront Park

Looking towards the pier and the Arthur Ravenel bridge


Waterfront Promenade The Pineapple Fountain in Watefront Park

Waterfront promenade

The Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park


The view from the pier The Harbourview Inn

The view from the pier

The Harbourview Inn


Kids cooling off at the fountain The Confederate Museum by the market

Kids cooling off at the fountain

The Confederate Museum by the market


Tourists enjoying the ride on Meeting Street Our own carriage pulled by the mules George and Pete

Tourists enjoying the ride on Meeting Street

Our own carriage pulled by the mules George and Pete


City Market A few of the exquisite (but expensive!) baskets

By the City Market

A few of the exquisite sweetgrass baskets


In the market On Anson Street

In the market

On Anson Street


The graveyard of the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church Inside the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

The graveyard of the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

Inside the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church


Wrought-iron gate on Archdale Street Light brown door on King Street Dark brown door on King Street

Wrought-iron gate on Archdale Street

Light brown door on King Street

Dark brown door on King Street


Green door on King Street Another door on King Street Wood-colored door on Ladson Street

Green door on King Street

Another door on King Street

Wood-colored door on Ladson Street


Red door on Ladson Street Recessed door off King Street Wrought-iron gate on Archdale Street

Red door on Ladson Street

Recessed door off King Street

Wrought-iron gate on Archdale Street


Blue house on Logan Street Residence on Lenwood Boulevard

Blue house on Logan Street

Residence on Lenwood Boulevard


Side alley off Chalmers Street Side alley off Queen Street

Side alley off Chalmers Street

Side alley off Queen Street


Original site of the French Society (founded on June 17, 1816) Residence on King Street

Original site of the French Society (founded on June 17, 1816)

Residence on King Street


Colorful houses on East Bay Street Residence on Ladson Street

Colorful houses on East Bay Street

Residence on Ladson Street


House on Queen Street John Rutledge House on Broad Street

House on Queen Street

John Rutledge House on Broad Street


Little Park off Meeting Street Philadelphia Alley

Little Park off Meeting Street

Philadelphia Alley


Side alley off Queen Street On Church Street

Side alley off Queen Street

On Church Street


On Queen Street At the corner of Queen and King Streets

On Queen Street

At the corner of Queen and King Streets


Washington Square Our breakfast room at the Bakehouse Charleston

Washington Square

Our breakfast room at the Bakehouse Charleston


The Angel Oak on Johns Island The Angel Oak on Johns Island

The Angel Oak on Johns Island

The Angel Oak on Johns Island


The photos on this page were taken from September 20 through 22, 2016.
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