RV - Charleston
Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
149Trip End Dec 07, 2013
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The old trolley cars run along the historic streets for free and passengers can alight at various points along the route. We opted to stop at the beginning of Gallery Row and walked along Meeting Street to South Battery Park. Along the way were some beautiful period homes such as Nathaniel Russell House and Calhoun Mansion. The whole streetscape feels like you are transformed into an early era and the architecture and well kept gardens are beautiful.
The walk from Battery Park around the Waterfront Park contained more historic homes and sites of interest. One gorgeous streetscape is called Rainbow Row and contains a variety of period homes, all of different pastel exterior colours giving the ‘rainbow’ effect
Once we arrived at Waterfront Park we wondered among the beautiful tree lined walkways toward the fountains. One fountain is shaped like a pineapple and the other spurts water from all directions toward a central ball. Nearby was the opportunity to check out some interesting shops and have a morning coffee.
We headed back through the narrow streets of the French Quarter, where some fine art galleries exist. One store we browsed had framed photos of local sights and landscapes painted on slate tiles and original bricks. As we headed toward Meeting street we came across the beautiful The Mills House Hotel. The hotel has a picturesque courtyard with a central fountain. This was a wonderful spot for us to stay and have a southern inspired brunch of crab cakes eggs benedict and a Bahamas breakfast plate of eggs, pancakes, bacon and fruit. Delicious...
After our meal we headed back to the information centre via Kings Street. This is a wonderful shopping destination with all the major high end retailers and some unique shops. Lots of browsing but not too much buying. We decided on a tour of the Aiken-Rhett house built in 1820 and is Charleston's most intact Antebellum mansion. The Historical society have chosen to preserve rather than restore this mansion, so it does show it's age but does give a glimpse of what life would have been like.
Needing to stock up on groceries we completed the day by heading to a supermarket complex near Mount Pleasant. This gave us an opportunity to travel over the impressive Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge which spans the Cooper River. It opened on July 16, 2005 and is a cable-stayed bridge with two diamond shaped supports. It has eight lanes, four each way, and also includes a 12 foot wide lane for pedestrians and cyclists.