Charming Charleston

Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
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Trip End Aug 25, 2010


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brian had been in Charleston a few times prior, but, this was Christina's first time.  

We entered Charleston via the new cable bridge, only a few years old.  It was stunning.  The Charleston side of the bridge dropped us off right in the heart of the wharf near the Aquarium, so we took advantage of the location and jumped right in.  The Aquarium was excellent..some really cool things, one of which was the Shark that focused on Brian (see video).   We even saw an albino alligator.  The alligator looked fake and mechanical, when we asked the attendant if it was truly real she asked us if we wanted to challenge it and place our hands in the cage..we quickly acknowledged its authenticity, and once the alligator finally moved, we were able to confirm it was real.  We used the rest of the day to assimilate and take in all of Charleston's quaintness. 

On Day 2 we took a couple of historic tours through the city.  One was an historic tour of Charleston taking in the grandeur of its homes and the second was the Ghost and Dungeon Tour, which turned Brian into a believer!!.  Charleston is the second most Haunted city (Savannah is first), so we of course could not leave without testing the waters.  Our tour took us to the city's local dungeon.  Once in there we DID witness some chains move on their own. No mechanical intervention was seen.  Another interesting aspect of the day were the Blue Angels that were flying around the town, Non-Stop!!! ..and ..ALL DAY.  It was as if Charleston was under attack - this is no exaggeration.  All day long one, two.or at six at a time the would fly over and the town would shake....they flew really really low at times..it was difficult to hold a conversation..even the locals were fed up.  They finally stopped around 5pm!
 
On our last day, we stopped off at the Magnolia Plantation and Garden.  This place was huge.  We spent a few hours taking in the grounds and did a tour of the Plantation Home and it's Slave quarters - both were extremely interesting.  The grounds were superb, amazing gardens, mazes, swamps, bridges and river walks.  The plantation even contained a petting zoo...but...we didn't stay there too long, there was this very aggressive over sized rooster that seemed to like us too much, or just assumed we were there to provide food, and once he realized we didn't have anything, he began to charge us..well..that is what is seemed like.  There was even an albino peacock. 

http://scaquarium.org/
 
http://www.bulldogtours.com/

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/mar/23/blue-angels-to-soar-over-harborby-andy-paras/

http://www.examiner.com/x-8151-Military-Community-Examiner~y2010m4d18-Charleston-Navy-Week-concludes-with-Blue-in-the-air

http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/

http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/
 
 
April 14-16
 
Magnolias:
 Dinner - This meal was amazing, true southern comfort cuisine, coupled with perfect pre-cocktail.  It was an excellent experience from start to finish.  This came highly recommended to us, and we in turn, highly recommend it to others.
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magdav on

everything looks great, Charleston is a nice city, tell me which one do you like more , CHARLESTON OR SAVANAH, I LIKE SAVANAH MORE.
good thing you got away from the rooster and thank God it was not a wild turkey...
today luke and jack got 2 gold fish at the ymca. it is a rainy day.
LOVE AND KISSES, MOM
I can not be lieve the Outer Banks were so nice, I thought it was only grass.

ADDY on

Dear Christy:
Recibi las fotos con las hijas de Miguel y tambien hoy las de Charleston .
A mi me encantan esas casas de Charleston S.C y Ga y de los arboles que decirte, bellisimos.
Bueno mi niña espero esten y sigan disfrutando a lo maximo Besos para los dos, Addy.

Dakila on

Wow. That albino peacock looks amazing!

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