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March 31-April 1, 2011 Charleston, SC

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Back in the Day, if you were a guest in a Southern home such as this, it was a common practice for the host to place a pineapple on the mantle as an expression of welcome. -- If one day you do not see the pineapple on the mantle anymore, that is "the subtle message" that it is time to leave.

"Skinniest" house in Charleston. -- A kind resident let a family build a house in their driveway because they loved this area of Charleston.

St. Philips Church

St. Philips Graveyard (not cemetery-- a graveyard is on church property and a cemetery is not).

March 31-April 1.  Weather is questionable, but we’re heading out — t’storms chances are minimal and should not hit until after we dock in Charleston.  If we’re not lucky, there is a plan B.  —  At 3pm docked in Charleston at the municipal marina and all is well.  We dodged the rain, but it is windy.  This marina is huge with giganteus boats, oops, I mean ships.  We have about a half mile of docks to walk to get to the marina office or to shore.  Charleston’s downtown is not a walkable distance, there really is very little convenient to the marina but there is a van that will take us into downtown Charleston which we will do tomorrow (April 1).  —  We met some Heritage East owners at this marina; Shangri-la, Eileen and E. Don Smith from Connecticut.  They are considering doing the loop, too; and we feel they have a great boat for it (it’s “Magoo’s” twin).

Charleston.  It is the second largest city in the state (largest is the state capital, Columbia).  Originally named Charles Towne (1670) after King Charles II of England.  It adopted its present name of Charleston in 1783.  Charleston is known as the Holy City with the prominence of churches and many steeples dot the city’s skyline.  We took a horse and carriage ride to get the flavor of the historic district and did our own walking tour of some of the older homes on Church Street and Meeting Street.

Low Tide

The black bolts on these houses are "earthquake bolts". They were installed to hold the houses together after the earthquake of August 31, 1886.

The stones used to make Charlestons cobblestone streets are not native to this area. They used the ballast of ships to make these beautiful and long-lasting cobblestone streets. "Waste Not Want Not" --

Waterfront Park - this gazebo is a popular setting for weddings in Charleston.

Waterfront Park, Charleston

Our last view of Charlestons skyline as we continue our cruise North.

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April 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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