For our anniversary, my husband and I went to Charleston for a short vacation. (It was so, so hot.) But we drank lots of fluids and bought city-wide museum passes.
Interestingly, Charleston has more protected and preserved buildings than any city in the world, except Rome. Of course, the reason is that when the rest of the world was modernizing, Charleston was too poor. And by the time the city and its residents became flush again, tourism had become hot. So the city has some wonderful examples of architecture.
Here are some examples.
|The French Huguenot church. Sadly, most of the churches weren't open to tourists.|
|The Aiken-Rhett house, the "backyard"of an in-town plantation.|
|The Nathaniel Russell house. Very modest exterior belying a breath-taking interior, including a three story free-flying spiral staircase. Unfortunately, the residences don't allowed photos indoors.|
|Middleton Place plantation. This live oak is 800 to 1000 years old.|
|Slave chapel at Middleton Place|
|Drayton Hall. This plantation had amazing docents.|
They knew their history and they knew how to tell a story.
|One last photo. In Charleston, even the alleys are picturesque.|
So now we're home again and my creative tank is refilled. Time to write.