I arrived in Charleston from Asheville, N.C. shortly after noon on November 2nd and stopped at the Visitor’s Center to pick up maps and information. Finding a reasonably priced place to park can be a challenge. Luckily, Alexa, the Couchsurfing girl I’m staying with told me about free parking at the Battery, located right on the waterfront. I began walking from there and was so excited to begin exploring all of the beautiful architecture and landscaping!
Here are some of the treasures I found…
Paths are so intriguing…you never know where they’ll lead…similar to life!
I absolutely LOVE all of the pink hues in Charleston…
This photo is interesting to me because it’s a building with dead vines, a lit lamp, a reflection in the window and in the background to the left…a tree!
The gray, white, and black make a nice combo…
There were lots of large homes to take photos of…but more often than not…I was drawn to other buildings…
The Crape (or Crepe) Myrtle tree is found everywhere in Charleston. They remind me of camouflage!
If you haven’t figured it out yet…I really like vines growing on buildings!
I love this outdoor lamp!
As I was walking along, a man in a suit saw my camera and commented that there was a lot to photograph in Charleston. I agreed with him and asked if he was in real estate. He said no, I’m an Attorney, but please don’t hold it against me. He sounded just like Forest Gump. When I showed him my walking tour and my next stop, he said he could walk with me part of the way, to show me where it was. Like they say, people in the South are extra friendly!
I believe this first church is St. Philip’s Church…it had a nice cemetery! Charleston is known as the “Holy City” because there are so many churches. I’m told by Alexa that there are no buildings in Historic Downtown Charleston that are taller than the church spires, by City ordinance!
I had a self-guided walking tour map with me, but mainly referred to it for directions. I’m not a big history buff, so for me it was more about taking photographs.
Alexa wasn’t getting home from her 2nd job as a dance instructor until 9pm, but I headed to her place to go through my photos, eat some soup for an early dinner and rest. The combination of driving, walking a lot, and sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings contributed to me feeling tired!
I’ll be taking another long hike through the streets of Charleston tomorrow…see you then!