Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
41Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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We entered Charleston via the new cable bridge, only a few years old. It was stunning. The Charleston side of the bridge dropped us off right in the heart of the wharf near the Aquarium, so we took advantage of the location and jumped right in. The Aquarium was excellent..some really cool things, one of which was the Shark that focused on Brian (see video). We even saw an albino alligator. The alligator looked fake and mechanical, when we asked the attendant if it was truly real she asked us if we wanted to challenge it and place our hands in the cage..we quickly acknowledged its authenticity, and once the alligator finally moved, we were able to confirm it was real. We used the rest of the day to assimilate and take in all of Charleston's quaintness.
On Day 2 we took a couple of historic tours through the city. One was an historic tour of Charleston taking in the grandeur of its homes and the second was the Ghost and Dungeon Tour, which turned Brian into a believer!!
On our last day, we stopped off at the Magnolia Plantation and Garden. This place was huge. We spent a few hours taking in the grounds and did a tour of the Plantation Home and it's Slave quarters - both were extremely interesting. The grounds were superb, amazing gardens, mazes, swamps, bridges and river walks. The plantation even contained a petting zoo...but...we didn't stay there too long, there was this very aggressive over sized rooster that seemed to like us too much, or just assumed we were there to provide food, and once he realized we didn't have anything, he began to charge us..well..that is what is seemed like. There was even an albino peacock.
Magnolias: Dinner - This meal was amazing, true southern comfort cuisine, coupled with perfect pre-cocktail. It was an excellent experience from start to finish. This came highly recommended to us, and we in turn, highly recommend it to others.