I had trouble choosing a photo, so I decided to go with the Libertad leaving the Charleston Tall Ship Festival in May- it was an amazing display of Tall Ships and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time when the Libertad sailed through the harbor. We started at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park and darted out to Fort Moutlrie to watch it move out to sea.
I've been working madly to modify all of the attraction maps this week and have just finished down to the wire, because...
It's now time to start getting ready for the solar eclipse trip to Charleston on Saturday!
One thing that I'm really looking forward to is purchasing an autographed copy of Ken Bowman's outstanding coffee table photo book that he's just released. I've been collecting his post card size and a few 8" x 11" photos over the years.
We typically do a great deal of walking *and* sitting while in Charleston. That means meandering about the historic district in the evenings. The homes have a very different visual appeal in the evenings. Accent lights play off homes, bring your attention to details you would never notice during the day. Shadows are cast about the homes by gas lights. It's quieter, so you can hear burbling fountains here and there. During certain times of the year, there are frog choruses echoing from back yards. If the breeze is right, you might here palmettos rustle.
We also like to sit on the beach at night on Sullivan's Island close to the lighthouse to watch it sweep over the ocean. However, one of absolute favorite places is Pitt Street Bridge, where you can listen to the rustling palmettos, the occasional startled bird and if the timing is right, listen to the incoming tide roll into the marsh. You can watch the traffic pulse and flow across the Ravenel Bridge and gaze across the harbor at Charleston.
Then there's the other important past time: food. We've got our reservations locked down. We'll be visiting Cru Cafe for lunch one day, which I absolutely love. Shrimp BLT all the way with the Asian slaw!
There are some corn tacos with my name on them at Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale.
We will definitely be hitting Bon Banh Mi with potential meals at Sesame Burger, Five Loaves Cafe and possibly Taco Boy. We're playing lunch a little loser this time around, but we do consciously balance out meal size and cost. Lighter lunches on big dinner days and vice versa.
For dinner, we'll be returning to Coast Bar and Grill for a third time. Solid seafood, but I'd still like to visit Hank's Seafood one of these days too.
However, there will be a big return to our all-time favorite restaurant, The Fat Hen, on John's Island. French Lowcountry is an amazing fusion of flavors. I believe we've eaten at the Fat Hen no fewer than 6 times over the last 10 years. I often target the special, but I absolutely love the seared grouper and the Flounder Niscoise dishes. I may have had the Shrimp and Grits a number of years ago, but am not completely sure :) The Tomato, Roasted Corn, Boiled Peanut Salad is to die for. I never thought a salad with a mix of boiled peanuts and roasted tomatoes and corn would be this amazing.
We're not entirely sure what we will be doing, because Charleston has been under a heat advisory this week until 7 pm. In fact, two consecutive days of 95+ degree forced the carriage tour companies to shut down. This is a normal precaution to protect the animals.
The heat index has clocked in at 110 degrees. I imagine that we'll be spending a lot of time indoors. There's always the Charleston Museum, Gibbes Museum , South Carolina Aquarium and we can easily eat up a couple of hours at the Southern Accent Designer Showcase in Mount Pleasant.
So, short story: stay turned for a stream of photos!