Historic houses, city market, brew pub lunch, walking, walking
20.03.2016 55 °F
We arrived at the Visitor Centre in downtown Charleston, SC at 10:00am on a cold and rainy Sunday morning. Now leave it to us to do things the hard way. We own about 15 umbrellas, some really really good ones too. It was only about 4-5 days ago we realized they are all sitting in our house in Nova Scotia. Our first half hour downtown was in pretty good rain. We walked about 8 blocks and it was steady, cold rain. We saw a Walgreens Pharmacy and decided we had better bite the bullet and get an umbrella. Sure enough, $16.81 later we were the proud owners of a green and black golf sized umbrella. We walked out of the store and that umbrella has still not been opened. Just buying it was enough to stop the rain.
This bit of urban art caught our eyes as we passed on King Street
We headed for the City Market, which has been in existence for over 200 years and is open every day. In reality it is a tourist trap. Some nice stuff, but the locals don't go there, just tourists. It is a lovely building and nice to walk through. I think the only authentic American items for sale and sweetgrass baskets, weaved by locals.
We stopped for coffee and a treat before heading on to the Waterfront Park.
The walk through the park leads you to The Battery, historic houses dating back as much as 250 years. The pictures speak volumes about what you see here. You could easily fill a memory card as they keep coming on every street in the area.
After a few hours of walking we headed off to a brew pub for lunch. We each had a pint of stout and shared a beef brisket sandwich. Delicious and satisfying. As I write this blog entry 4 hours later we are still not hungry for supper.
A interesting Charleston oddity is the Single House. The title refers to homes that are built one-room wide, with a covered porch running along the side. The narrow part of the house faces the street. An example:
There are numerous houses of this design throughout the downtown area. They can vary is size and number of floors, but they all have the same open porch along the side of the house. You enter the property through a door into the porch area.
Our impression of Charleston is very favourable, although the city thrives on tourism and is set up to extract the maximum $ from its visitors. Boat tours, house tours, horse drawn carriage rides through the historic districts, and so on. March is a busy season here with the gardens in early, but full bloom.