May 7-10, 2009 - Charleston

Charleston has been on my list to visit for years. I've always heard about how gorgeous the historic homes and gardens are, and frankly, what's not to love about a city that has shrimp and grits as its most famous dish? So when my niece invited us for her graduation from the College of Charleston, I signed up! The Andrew Pinckney Inn - wonderfully restored old historic house that happens to sit smack in the middle of everything
Original Customs House I have no idea why people have put gum all over these telephone poles, but both poles on this corner are covered as high as you can reach!
Originally the market where slaves were sold, now full of local crafts
Sweetgrass baskets, woven onsite by craftspeople
Another view of the market
One of the many church steeples
Cemetery next to the church
View from Vendue Inn's rooftop bar (where my niece works)
The new bridge (they call them "connectors") in Charleston - the longest cable-stay bridge in North America - which leads to the beaches
Tuna sashimi for lunch...
...at S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad)
Historic building in the Battery
Historic homes along the Battery Statue in Battery Park
Cool bark!
Great gardens in the historic area of Charleston
Another lovely church
Getting the horses ready for a carriage ride
Hank's - some say the best seafood in Charleston
Can you smell the jasmine just by looking at this?
Shrimp & Grits at Hank's
View over the park
Saturday morning Charleston Farmers' Market off of King Street
Produce at the market...
...along with herb plants
Graduation ceremony at College of Charleston
Shopping on historic King Street
Daughters of the Confederacy - entrance to historic market
Church Street
Beach homes of South Carolina
Baby clams just forming along the beach
Atlantic Ocean
Sunset at the beach house
Antique shops along King Street
Mother's Day brunch at Rue du Jean

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