Residence Inn Mount Pleasant
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... to do some shopping on Market Street. Finally, I get to experience Charleston! Very cool shopping, great architecture, and fun restaurants. We decided on Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and I had the very traditional and very delicious shrimp and grits. Yum, Yum!
After dinner we did a bit more shopping, then drove down to the waterfront just to get our bearings so we know what we want to do the rest of the week. We have even found the outlet mall, so we hope to make a ...
Woke up around 9'ish and had breakfast with my fellow hostellers, it was nice actually. I think I must have been still a little ****** as I appeared to be making everyone laugh without even trying. Had a bagel with peanut butter and lots and lots of coffee. Booked my flight to Miami and then visited a plantation called Boon Hall with a couple of English girls I met at the hostel. It was a fun ...
... had begun.
The trip was well worth it. Fort Sumter was impressive, mostly in the fact that it is still standing. The Union bombarded the Fort for nearly two years. They said at once the walls stood 55 feet, Al and I estimated that is now 12 feet. There are cannon balls still stuck in walls and other remnants of the war. It was strange - as a Yankee - to experience this history. Is it something I am proud of? Not at all. But the saying ...
... to hold a garrison of
over 600 men. The 85 Union troops who occupied her for the beginning of
the Civil War managed to hold off for 4 or 5 days before surrendering.
NO casualties were reported, but 2 men died in the 100 gun salute that
the Confederate Army allowed after the surrender. So the first two
casualties of the Civil War weren't even during a battle. You have 1
hour on the fort after the boat arrives and ...
This was my first true experience of being in "The South". Charleston is a beautiful city with lots of charm and history. I was raised in the Northwest, so seeing the word "Confederate" makes me think of negative things. I think of slavery and restrictive livestyles and white power. Maybe my perception is completely wrong, but the roots are deep here and it is easy to see where people came from. The south has come a long way, however. People seem ...