Sunday, March 1, 2009

I Could Live in Charleston, SC - Cross-Country Road Trip 6.2

If you’ve never been to Charleston, add it to your list. It’s a charming little eclectic city with a nice mix of high-end boutiques, incredible vintage stores (I LOVE finding bargains) and tons of restaurants. It used to be the richest city in the country (richer than New York and Boston) until it was pretty much destroyed in the Civil War. It’s located on the southern end of South Carolina right near the water which I’m sure is beautiful in the summer.

We got there during a rainstorm, unfortunately, but it let up here and there to give us a chance to enjoy ourselves. We walked down King Street and around a residential area. The houses are absolutely incredible, I couldn’t stop taking picture. Then we took a tour of the Old Exchange, one of the last buildings built by the British before the Revolution. Downstairs is what’s now known as the Provost’s Dungeon where prominent American citizens were held captive during the fight.

Next was a delicious dinner at Fleet’s Landing. I had swordfish, James had a NY strip steak, but we were both addicted to the fluffy southern biscuits. So good! The rain picked up again so we did a little pub hopping until it subsided. We both wanted to spend the night here, so we headed back to the van to find our home for the next 12 hours.

We were both excited to discover that the lot we parked in had closed and left the gate open…which meant FREE! We busted outta there, grabbed a movie and then found a 24-hour grocery store with a parking lot too tempting to pass up. So we made camp, watched the movie on James’ computer and fell asleep to sounds of rain falling on the Magic Van.

Side Note: James has been determined to watch a movie on the flat screen…only problem is that we don’t have the right cables to attach it to our computers. He tried once in Rhode Island to no avail and picked up another kind at the Apple store today. That didn’t work either but he is sure that he only needs one more cable. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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