Monday, 10 November 2008

Heading home...but first Charleston

Well the suitcases are packed and my jeans are very, very tight. It is soup and salads and workouts at the gym for the next 6 months to undo the damage of southern hospitality. Man they have good food down here!

We will be off for a visit to Beaufort in an hour or so and from there on to the airport and the long trip home arriving at midnight tonight. I plan to catch up on sleep tomorrow.

We have had a wonderful time. Lots of visiting with my sister and brother-in-law, lots of interesting history, met wonderful people, ate fabulous food, walked through beautifully preserved old cities, visited a plantation and saw a crocodile up close, took a river cruise and saw dolphins and a Bald Eagle, attended an Oyster roast, ate pulled pork Southern style and attended two outdoor evening parties under the stars, took a boat out on the ocean to Ft Sumter, drank gimlets and mojito's with mint, and lazed on the porch of the clubhouse waiting for Dave and Frank to come in on the 18th hole. David golfed 38 holes of golf...I know that is two extras (you will have to ask him that story), so he is happy as can be. And so am I.

It has been 8 days of true southern hospitality and a wonderful rest from the stresses of work and responsibilities back home. As a matter of fact, it is hard to head back...but alas all good things must come to an end. And we miss the kids.

This morning I wanted to share a few pics from our visit to historic Charleston.

There is so much iron work on the old homes here.

the whole front of this B&B was covered in iron work.

King Street

..that's five stories. Wouldn't want to clean that house.

We went biking along the "Battery" That is the Atlantic ocean.

And across the street were these beautiful homes.

loved the brick streets. DH just wants to get biking again...

A very typical house design in this old area of Charleston.
Huge porches all along on side of the house.
With extremely hot summers, I suppose they were well used.

We had lunch at Magnolias the first afternoon we arrived.

It was just a few blocks from our B&B and the food was great.

cobblestone streets

St Michael's Church.

Broad Street

Our B&B. I will do a separate post on The Governor's House.
We REALLY hope to come back one day and stay here again.

Well Thank Y'all for letting me share my photos and a piece of this wonderful blessing of being able to visit a little bit of the Southern States. This get away was everything we hoped it would be and more. I hope you got even a little taste of South Carolina. We feel so blessed to have had this opportunity to visit and get to know a part of history and a part of the world we had never seen before.

We now head home...and home is always the very best place to be.

Blessings to y'all!