Saturday, March 12, 2011

Celebrating in Charleston

Updated to add links to all the places we visited while in Charleston!

I have lots of images to capture our recent trip to Charleston as we celebrated Son#1's milestone birthday of becoming a teenager. We had the best time! We stopped in Columbia to visit with my sisters, and began our journey with a birthday party at Jfer's. JuJu came into town and joined us in celebrating too! We dined on BBQ and ate German Chocolate Cake, Son#1's favorite.

Just a quick sidenote...I do not expect you to flip through the entire slideshow.
 That would probably be excruciating!
 I hereby absolve you of any guilt you might feel for not looking at all the photos. LOL

I've posted the pictures for you and for my family to see.
Now them...I expect them to look at each and every snap!

We travelled on to Charleston, stayed at the Shem Creek Inn, and stepped outside our room onto the wrap-around deck. To our delight, we saw dolphins splashing around in the Intracoastal Waterway! After freshening up, we road into Charleston and down Meeting Street to dine at Hyman's. Even though we had to wait an hour to get a table, we enjoyed our time sitting on the rocking boards outside Hyman's. We perused the shops on Meeting Street, and chatted up the tourists. We met some fabulous people from Montana and Wisconsin. The boys really enjoyed talking with some Navy men who were in Charleston to study Nuclear Science. Grandpa and the Wisconsin men are all Navy veterans, so camaraderie was instant!

Dinner at Hyman's was fabulous! Son#1 was treated like royalty. He was fawned over by the wait staff, and given not only a decadent dessert on the house; he was also given a Hyman's T-Shirt. What more could a teenage boy want! We highly recommend a visit to Hyman's if you're visiting Charleston. It's our most-favorite place to eat. Gnosh on some Calamari while waiting for your dinner. The Buffalo Shrimp is spicy goodness from the sea. Everything is always fresh and fabulous!

We also visited the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park and Pier that sits under the Ravenel Bridge. Even though it was windy and rainy, we had a blast! The playground is filled with unique equipment that mimics the architecture of the Ravenel Bridge. There is a gorgeous park and war memorial to honor the fallen soldiers from Mt. Pleasant. Their names line the brick walkway that leads to a bronze sculpture and fountain in an open rotunda. It's peaceful and absolutely beautiful.

The pier juts out into Charleston Harbor where you can see dolphins swimming, and cargo ships that pass so close you feel as though you can reach out and touch the sides. Lots of fishing goes on here! It's teeming with wildlife in a beautiful setting. While enjoying the view, we remembered we needed to stop and buy some Pralines for Yiayia.

We journeyed back to downtown Charleston and went shopping on Market Street. River Street Sweets makes THE BEST Pralines as well as other fine candy. It's a dream shop to step into...they give out samples! ;o) We decided to walk down the street and into the Market. Part of the Market is being renovated, so the vendors seemed a little cramped in the space. We watched the Gullah women weave their beautiful baskets, and shopped for some treasures. Because of the weather, we had to cut our trip short. However, we created some wonderful memories with our family. It was a fabulous celebration!

Have you ever been to Charleston?

What's your all-time favorite family trip?
Happy Saturday!

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