Day 25 The Charleston Townhouse

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
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Trip End Oct 18, 2010


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Saturday, September 18, 2010

We are not architects, but will attempt to describe the "typical" Charleston townhouse. It is a timber house, one room wide, three rooms deep with a single gabled roof running along the long axis. Usually timber, it would be two stories plus an attic story. A verandah runs along either the south or west side, with the front door from the street entering the verandah. The doors are a little surreal, they look like a normal front door, but behind it is a normal open verandah. There are many shady trees keeping the house cool, and double hung sash windows with dark shutters. But of course that is only one style- Charleston is more than 400 years old, and with many earthquakes, hurricanes and years or boom and bust, has a wonderful variety of housing.

We awoke to a balmy morning in Charleston, got ourselves some breakfast on the run and headed down to the local market to stock up for our stay in Charleston. Fantastic market with local produce, ice tea, Lady Diana's favorite chutney, cold soup and some arts and crafts. It is something about tropical climates that make farmers markets so much more popular - think Darwin or Brisbane.

The afternoon was spent strolling around the streets of downtown Charleston, viewing the wonderful homes of the mid 1700's, and playing in the water fountain. We capped off the day taking s swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Folly Beach, and we finally converted Toby to a surf lover. The water was almost disturbingly warm, due to the gulf stream that pushes warm tropical water up the atlantic coast. But we exited just in time for the afternoon storm to roll through.
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