December 18, 2011

The Holy City

We made it back to Charleston today so we could at last explore some of the city’s historic neighborhoods, including the Battery.  The Battery is the neighborhood at the very southern tip of the peninsula and includes some of the oldest and finest houses in Charleston.  I love to simply wander from street to street, admire the architecture and peek into the gardens.  It was a beautiful day to walk, and we just took our time exploring this amazing city.

Promenade Along East Battery

Rainbow Row

A Charleston Single House

Calhoun Mansion

Along South Battery
I had to take Tim to another favorite destination, the City Market.  Once the city’s fish, meat and vegetable market, it now houses dozens of vendors.  Here I found the cinnamon roasted pecans I had been looking for.  These are another Charleston specialty, and we purchased several bags to take with us.

Charleston City Market

Cinnamon Roasted Pecans and Almonds
We also checked out Waterfront Park and sat for a while, enjoying the view of the Charleston Harbor.  Charleston has done a nice job of utilizing and providing access to its waterfront.

Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park
We did break down today and went shopping.  Yes, I know.  I’ve said we’re not shopping for clothes.  However, when you wear the same few clothes for months on end, you either get sick of them or just wear them out.  Besides, it’s Christmas.  We wandered into Banana Republic where everything was forty percent off and picked out a few choice items.  See, we even got a bargain.  As soon as we arrived, we made friends with Sandi, the manager.  Talking with her was just as much fun as buying our new clothes.


  1. Looks like you had a pretty day for the Battery. Stu's parents honeymooned there. Good to see it's still there. :-) LV

  2. LV, Yes, we did have a beautiful day to explore the Battery. Charleston's historic preservation ordinance has been very successful in ensuring that the character of this neighborhood is retained. Sarah