Southern Comfort

July 12, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, we took a trip to South Carolina for a vacation and a friend’s wedding.  There is nothing like southern hospitality.  We spent two days in Charleston doing some sight-seeing.  Lots of walking.  The homes (mansions) are beautiful with their gardens and piazzas and gas lamps.  Being in the city made me think of Gone With The Wind, Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, hoop skirts, the Virginia Reel.  That is one of my all-time favorite books.  I recently read “Rhett Butler’s People” and I think he was from Charleston.  We toured the Calhoun Mansion where some of North and South was filmed (another of my favorite books).  The man who owns the house now is a collector (of everything) so you get lots of information on the history of the house and a lesson in world art and antiquities.  My in-laws drove down from Philly to join us too and when we met up with them we took a horse drawn carriage tour.  The city is divided into three zones and the zone you tour is decided randomly when you begin your tour (ball from a hat essentially).  It’s a system that keeps the residents happy because no zone gets overloaded.  We got to see zone 3 which worked out well for us because it was a part of the city we hadn’t seen at all.  The carriage ride was a nice way to see the city and get some background (and some shade and a break for our feet).







From Charleston we drove down to Kiawah Island for the wedding festivities.  There were activities for us from Thursday night – Sunday morning, with free time during the day.  We took advantage of the pool at the bride’s parent’s house to take Joshua swimming for the first time.  We also got some beach time.  There was plenty of time for me to walk.  And Bill’s parents babysat while we went to wedding stuff (a welcome cocktail part, rehearsal dinner, the wedding and reception).  My FIL also drove us everywhere so we didn’t have to work about drinking and driving.  That was awesome.  It was a beautiful island but a little more “dangerous” than I like my beach vacations.  Tons of deer which made me very nervous when in the car at night, and then there were alligators!  You don’t have to worry about alligators in Ocean City!







It was a lovely wedding.  It was held at The Ocean Course Golf Club (practically on the 18th hole).  With the sand and the water in the background it was just lovely.  It was so wonderful to see our friend so happy with his new wife.  We had an awesome evening of eating and dancing.  The food the whole weekend was Fantastic (yes, with a capital F!) and I have had a taste for shrimp and grits ever since we got back.  We just had so much fun with college friends we haven’t seen in years, with Bill’s parents, with our little guy.  My only complaint is that it just flew by.

After brunch on Sunday morning we took a ferry out to Fort Sumter.  It was Joshua’s first national park!!  It’s an interesting bit of our nation’s history, and smaller than I thought it would be.  Bill’s parent’s headed home after that and we took it easy that evening.



Monday morning we took a tour of Magnolia Plantation.  It’s sad that so few plantations survived the civil war.  The house on this property is not the original house, but the grounds are amazing and we got some insight into the lifestyle.






It was interesting that the beautiful tree-lined road leading up to the house went to the back of the house.  Most visitors would arrive by boat so the front of the house faced the river.


We toured by tram which was great because we didn’t have much time and it was raining.  After that we walked through the garden which was lovely, but mosquito filled.  And we didn’t have bug spray.  I was most concerned for the baby who I didn’t want to get bitten and thankfully he didn’t.  I don’t know how he didn’t, but I think I kept all the mosquitos busy.  The gardens were amazing (and big).

It was a really wonderful vacation.  I really like the South and need to do more touring there.

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