Sunday, April 4, 2010


Established in the late 1600's, Charleston has survived attacks by France, Spain & Native Americans; survived the American Revolution and the Civil War to become an icon of Old Southern Culture. It has even survived a 7.5 earthquake!! Yep, earthquake! In August 1886! If the church steeple in the above photo looks crooked, it is. Not our photography. It tilted during the earthquake and serves as a reminder of that day. Having lived in California and through more than a few earthquakes, I can't even imagine what people thought that day in 1886...

We spent a couple of hours riding in a mule drawn carriage winding up and down old streets oohing and ahhing at all the beautiful old homes. Most graced with large porches and incredible wrought-iron work. One house prettier than the last!! Of course, the prices reflect their history and beauty. Some were built for hundreds of thousands of dollars back in the 1800's! Pricey then and even more so today!

Afterwards we strolled the old area around the Straw Market and had a nice dinner at a corner pub. Nice day! Liked Charleston!! Would go back and spend longer.

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