Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Feb 03, 2008

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The weather is definitely getting colder.  After a relatively light breakfast (cereal and fruits) compared with what we could have had, we took a 9:00 walking Civil Was history tour which took 1 hours and covered a heap of information, some of which we may have remembered.  As if that was not enough walking, in the afternoon we visited two more Historic Homes. 

The first was Nathaniel Russell House which was most impressive and where we saw our first joggling board.  This is a long seat that people, especially courting couples, would sit on and bounce until they were sitting next to each other instead of the "correct" distance apart. 

We also saw an incredible tree - a Confederate Rose tree (a member of the hibiscus family) the flowers of which are initially white then, during the day "bleed" (the guide's term) pink until the flowers are completely pink.

The other house, the Aiken-Rhett house, was well and truly at the other end of Charleston.  It was quite different - having been preserved, with some of the original outhouses, which are called dependencies here.  Then we retraced much of our morning's tour so Tom could take photos. 

He was fascinated by these signs near very shallow fountains.  All told we walked most of the day.  When we returned to the Inn we were delighted to partake of afternoon tea - a choice of dry or cream sherry or port and sandwiches and sweet hors d'oeuvres and still went out for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
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