After parking in front of the US Customs House on Bay St., one of the main streets in town, I looked up and saw the Paw Paw Restaurant, and immediately thought of the small town in Michigan with the same name where our younger daughter, Natalie, will get married in early September.
A magnet for tourists in Charleston are the omnipresent horse and buggy tours of the downtown core.
Across the Charleston Harbor was Fort Sumter where the battle was fought that ultimately started the American Civil War.
In my opinion, the South Carolina state flag is one of the most beautiful in the union.
This attractive front door wreath was made of cotton balls attached to cotton plant pods! Can't imagine seeing that up North but it looked perfect here in the heart of the South,
One always hear about Southern charm and that may mean something different to many people but to us, it means Charleston's incredibly friendly people who don't hesitate to smile and say hello when you walk past them. That hospitality even extended to drivers who smiled as they gestured that we could walk in front of their turning cars. Friendliness like that is unfortunately very uncommon in so many cities.
I was so relieved to finally see a Post Office as I had been looking for postcard stamps since the beginning of the trip. Alas, it only had morning hours.
This shop, constructed in 1905, had formerly been the Chauffeur's Dorm and was used as housing for employees of Club members. I had fun browsing in a number of the stores on the tree-lined avenue as the selection of gifts was very good.
The first transcontinental phone call was made on January 25th, 1915 at the Clubhouse on Jekyll Island by Theodore Vail, the first president of AT&T to Alexander Graham Bell in NY and Bell's assistant in San Francisco with President Woodrow Wilson joining in from D.C.
The unusual driftwood and trees looked like a tree graveyard!
Ancient driftwood 'monuments' for lack of a better word lined the beach as far as we could see.