We just got home from our
trip last night. We were gone from May 1 to June 3. That was a long
time. I have lots to share but I just hope I can remember all of it and
preserve our memories of so many varied and fun activities.
Fortunately the pictures bring back so much and we managed to jot down
things here and there. But I much prefer doing the writing as we go
along, but I just never had the time. Someone, who shall remain
nameless, kept me pretty busy doing other fun things!!!
Flying into Charleston at night was a great idea. We arrived at nearly midnight and got our rental car with no problems. Midnight for them was only 9:00 PM for us so we still had some energy after the long flight. We were delighted they wanted to upgrade us to a van. It was most convenient to have it for the month. It was a 2013 Dodge Caravan so everything was in great running order, making it a carefree pleasure to drive.
We were ravenous after an 8 hour flight with only peanuts and pretzels to munch on, so we looked around for a place to eat before checking into our hotel. We landed up at a Denny's and it was not bad at all. We met our first friendly and helpful person there. The waitress had lots of ideas of what was fun to do in area. We hadn't been to a Denny's in probably 30 years. They had this fun picture on the wall.
Welcome to Charleston!
The South...ah, it was all we imagined it to be. Friendly, beautiful, coastal, lush, historic and great food. The food however, was not good as everyday fair. Delicious on occasion...you know those plates that are huge portions...all golden brown, fried to a T, and pretty unhealthy. We are just not use to eating like that and finally on the third day were seriously looking for a salad bar. Incidentally, we had a hard time finding one.
Virginia's is the restaurant where we had this local specialty below.
One of the most noticeable things about both Charleston and Savannah was that they are truly laid back. It was visible, tangible and relaxing. They savor. It just calms the spirit to not always be rushing. I love that.
Doin' The Charleston tour of the city.
flowers and trees.
The city is immaculate.
"Spring Evenings" -Garden Gate, Two Meeting Street Inn,
Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok
One thing that made that difference clear was the City Tour we took in each City. I have already written more about the great one we took in Charleston here. http://bonsblogbydesign.blogspot.com/2013/05/doin-charleston.html
Savannah did not have a great tour guide to begin with but...you've heard the song..."Rainy Night in Georgia" haven't you? We had two of them. Which meant the morning we toured was chilly, wet and rainy. That in itself would have been OK but the bus was an open air bus...so how could that be good? You are smarter than we were. It wasn't.
In our own defense they didn't really mention the open air part to us when we signed up for the tour. We were quite surprised when we got to the bus. But at that little moment the weather had taken a rest so we hopped on feeling optimistic. Well, let's just say the weather in the south is unpredictable.
The drawback with a closed in bus would have had been fogged up windows that would have been wet on the outside, preventing getting any good photos. The drawback to the intermittent wetness was well....being wet! But we did get some good photos. So even though the tour was not great, it did give us a little history of the city and showed us the lay out for points of interest and that was perhaps most important. We were fortunate that it did clear up later in the day and we got some pretty outstanding pictures then.
Another funny thing that happened was we thought it was Saturday and it turned out to be Sunday. Yikes! We are old, aren't we? We'll blame it on vacation brain though. We were all ready to go to church the next morning and then head on to Virginia but...hmmm. It was already Sunday and we were on our way to the City Tour @ 10:00 and had already missed church. Bummer. We love visiting other wards too but we just simply blew it. I like casual, but that was a little too laid back even for me. Course correction..discuss what day it actually is every morning before getting dressed.
So tomorrow....some highlights from the Magnolia Plantation, then on to Boone Hall and then finally The Lovely Savannah!