I didn’t go out yesterday except to grocery shop in order to replenish some of my supplies for meals but I did see this cool mural when I got lost…I pulled into a parking lot to turn around and…for more info on this spectacular mural visit…
After enjoying my down day, I planned an exhausting day that kept me going from the moment I woke up to the moment I put my head back down on the pillow! My first stop…Daniel Island. There was an image I saw that I wanted to create for myself. Alas, there was some construction going on and I was unable to get that image but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this lovely area. I
I was a bit fascinated driving into the town because it was a little like driving down the Avenue of the Oaks in Charleston…but more of that later! Also, the flowers…we won’t get those for more than a month up north especially because it decided to snow on April 1st.
I believe my next stop was Charleston. When I headed south I didn’t intend to spend time here because I have been here before…the first time with my sister but only for a split second and the second time I went I had done a tour. I did come here because there were many things I wanted to explore on my own that I didn’t see on the tour and it was so close to where I was staying. I thought traffic or parking might be an issue but traffic was no big deal and parking was only a problem once…and only a problem because the meter wasn’t working and I was afraid I was going to get a ticket. Just some general pictures taken around town. The bridge is the Ravenel Bridge aka Cooper River Bridge.
One of my favorite areas of town was Rainbow Row. When I took the tour the last time I was here I don’t remember seeing these…or most of what I am going to include in this post. If you would like to know more about these historic homes, check this link…
Another of my favorite places…heck, I loved them all…was Joe Riley Waterfront Park. Again, never saw it on the tour. Best of all…the Pineapple Fountain!
The Circular Church…the idea of it intrigued me and it was driving me crazy that I could not find it. Waze had me going around in circles over and over again…up and down all those one way streets and I’m sure there was a better place to see it from but when I finally figured out Waze wanted me to go into a parking lot, I went with it! I had to get out of the car and peer over a stone wall but I found it! One of these days I might go back and figure out how to approach it in another way! And this was taken with my phone because I did not bring the wide angle lens with me and the 50-300 mm wouldn’t allow me to get all of it because I was peering over the stone wall. This place is cool but a little eerie and the overcast sky just made it perfect!
Another stop was St. Philip’s Church. I parked and got out of my car to get shots of this and the cemetery across the street. When I first spotted this I thought it was the Circular Church but as you can see…there is no comparison!
The Dock St Theater…there was actually something going on here on this day. It did appear at least up to a point they were doing tours but then people started showing up very dressed up and being dropped off. I did not attempt a tour and am not sure if they were doing tours but something was going on.
City Hall and the Fireproof Building…City Hall is self-explanatory but the Fireproof Building…it is a National Historic Landmark designed to store important papers. If you would like to read more about this…
The US Custom House…I had only seen that from the water before…
The French Huguenot Church…
Ending with some lovely (I think) miscellaneous images from around Charleston…
I was surprised with how much day was left after enjoying so much of this city. I next headed out to the Avenue of the Oaks…which leads into Boone Hall Plantation. I did not realize I had been here as part of my tour when I previously visited. It was slightly later in the spring when I was here last time and driving up the Avenue of the Oaks was a much prettier experience then because all the rhododendrons were in bloom. It didn’t stop me from going though I did not bother touring the lovely home on the property.
I still have time to visit a few more places…The Citadel…I primarily wanted a picture of the ring though I also got a picture of their mascot, then Angel Oak on Johns Island though I got here 15 minutes after it closed so pictures had to be through the fence, and then Sullivan Island Lighthouse in Charleston and finally though this one is a bit of a stretch and I had to go in someone’s backyard to get it…it was a summer place so no one was around…Morris Island Lighthouse. Enjoy!
The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living oak trees east of the Mississippi and stands 65′ tall, is 28′ around and an area of 17,000 sq ft is shaded. Its largest branch reaches 187′. It is estimated to be 400-500 years old and it has survived a number of hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. Though it was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 it has recovered and continues to grow.
This ends a very long and thrilling day. I am so happy I went back to Charleston!! I did end up taking a down day after this to recover from all the walking and exploring I did. Next post I will begin my travels north…I must be back in my home town by the 7th so there is little time for exploring but I will see whatever I can squeeze in!
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