Saturday, May 14, 2011

Charleston 2011

So technically, we've been back from Charleston since Monday, but let me tell you, I have been so busy editing wedding photos and recovering from being gone 4 days, it almost feels like an eternity now that we're back home.  Our flights on the way back were delayed and when we finally touched down in Milwaukee, it was raining.  Yuck!  But back in Charleston, it was sunny and hot, as was most (not all) of our time there. 

We arrived in Charleston Friday morning after taking the very first flight out of the airport.  So early that none of the ticket agents or TSA people were there yet when we started lining up at 4, one hour before our plane left.  Getting into town early for a little sightseeing made up for the early morning take off.

As soon as we hopped into what was supposed to be an economy size rental car (but when there were no economy cars left, we were upgraded to a brand new Jeep Liberty at no additional cost), we headed for downtown Charleston. 

Since of course none of the breakfast/coffee stands at the airports were making anything decent (unless you consider $4 for a small cup of drip coffee, decent) at the hour we were traveling, we started looking for a place to grab some breakfast.  We turned down a side street because we saw a sign for a bagel shop, then spotted this place right next door. 

For just $12, the Gardener and I ate some good home cooking all made by Jack himself.  We even sat at the counter and you better believe I said "yes" when the waitress asked if I wanted grits with that.
After stuffing ourselves, we walked around some more and found what I believe to be the most cobblyest  cobblestone street ever.  Walking on it, I was afraid I might twist an ankle.

Clearly, the Gardener is smoother than I am.

Then it started to rain. hard.  So we hid under an awning in front of an art gallery storefront until the rain let up. 
And watched the rain...
When we finally had enough hiding from the rain, we went back to the hotel for a quick swim before we had to be at the wedding rehearsal.  I put on the fish-eye lens I rented for the weekend and took a photo inside our hotel room.
Then one more of my left leg.  You know, just for fun.
Believe it or not, that's it for photos. I have lots from all of the wedding festivities, but on Sunday when we did some more sightseeing and tourist-y type stuff, I left the camera equipment in the car.


Shady Lady said...

Thanks for the tour around Charleston. It's lovely and I love your photos!!

Riot Kitty said...

I've never been there - looks like a neat place. Great pics w/the lens!

LL Cool Joe said...

Ah another cap wearer! Always nice to see!

I love the way you've captured so much in all your photos, you must constantly have your camera at the ready!

Looks like an interesting place too.

Heathen Family said...

What a lovely trip! Charleston is beautiful.