This picture says "old world" to me. And it is old, by American standards! You might see something similar in a village in France, but this is Charleston, SC, in the city center. We were there in early March, pre-coronavirus. It was a grey day, threatening rain, so these photos do not do justice to the views. I was very thrilled that we were able to get on a morning walking tour on the only day that we could be there. I had a teaser for the beauty of this historic city a couple years ago when we stayed at Folly Beach, just to the south of the city. But it was raining and cold the day that we took a driving tour, and we had 3 little kids along, so it wasn't a great idea to get out and see much. But I was fascinated by the beautiful old houses and buildings, all very well preserved. I promised myself then that I would return some day when I could take the time to see the area on foot.
We found a guided walking tour simply by looking online, and had several choices. We did opt for a small group tour led by a well informed gentleman, a retired history teacher. We learned a lot during the roughly 2 hours that he led us around the historic district. But you can also make your own tour with a guidebook or audio tour for a more budget friendly option. And you can set your own pace, as well as stop to shop or eat. Any way you choose to do it, I highly recommend taking the time to enjoy this city and the interesting history of it.
There are plenty of lodging options available from any travel guide source. We stayed at the Mount Pleasant/Charleston KOA. It was a one night stand for us, so I can't vouch for all of the features of the campground, but it did work out well for us. It's in a suburban area up the coast north of Charleston, an easy drive into the city.
I think our time in Charleston has just whetted my appetite to learn more about the history and culture of the early days of America. I regretted that we didn't have time for me to visit the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavillion. I would like to actually learn the basic skills to make a basket. And I've contemplated booking one of the Road Scholar learning tours with my mom, but that won't happen until travel is OK for her. I didn't even have a chance on this trip to look for a quilting or knitting store! Something has to be done about that!
I hope that you can someday visit and enjoy Charleston, if you haven't already done that.
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