Charleston Walking

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Apr 05, 2013

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Ansonborough Inn Charleston
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Monday, April 1, 2013

This morning we were supposed to go on a walking tour but the tour guide never showed up! My parents decided to improvise and instead of going on a 2 hour paid tour we ended up going on a 5 hour walking tour by ourselves. My mother was our enterprising tour guide and did a wonderful job!

We walked through the ancient areas of Charleston where the buildings all look similar to how they did in the olden days. The homes had plaques explaining the history of the place, so it was somewhat educational. There were basically two styles of buildings - singles and doubles, which meant that either they had a single room or double bed room configuration. The interesting thing about these homes was that they were built lengthwise with the doors to the side of the house (for privacy) and open balconies to catch the breeze from the Atlantic ocean. We also saw some mansions which are really big. Charleston is known historically as the place where the Civil War started at Fort Sumter. This fort is an island in the Charleston harbor. Charleston is also where a lot of trade took place, including slaves, which later brought a lot of attention to Abraham Lincoln to abolish this completely.

We also saw many signs which showed that the home owners do not like Carnival Cruises docking in Charleston. I think visitors bring good business to the town but may be the home owners did not like their privacy explored any more.

After the tour, I was tired so we went to a popular Southern restaurant for lunch. It is called Low Country Bistro. I was told that "low country" is simply a new name for southern food. I had shrimp with fried green tomatoes and my parents shared jambalaya (rice and chicken) and a salad . Then we walked back to our hotel where we went up to the roof top and drank Coca-Cola and watched the docks. The Coca-Cola center had given us each a free bottle!

We rested for a few hours then went to Magnolia's for dinner. My father had the local fish and my mother and I both ate a salad. For dessert we had apple crisp, pecan pie and chocolate bread pudding - we had saved the best for the last! 

As we where heading back to the Inn we saw bats flying in the sky. It's not Halloween is it? Spooky.
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