Friday, November 17, 2023

Walking around Charleston

After our carriage ride through the streets of Charleston, we wander over to the City Market, then past it toward the harbor

City market sheds

A lot of history in the cemeteries

We walk past more of the Charleston single-home architecture, with narrow-front, several-room-deep, faux-front-door houses, on our way to the harbor where we recently (on our carriage ride) passed the grand mansions of the city's merchants (of another era), including a house build by a merchant for his daughter (who loved Paris) with a model of the Arc de Triomphe on top (currently underdoing rennovation).

Charleston-style houses

More churches

Grand housing

Arc de Triomphe on the roof

We reach the harbor at White Point Garden and the Battery, a landmark defensive seawall and promenade, still decorated with cannons from the Civil War coastal defense.  Across the harbor, we get a view of Fort Sumter where the first shots of the war were fired and, in the other direction, the USS Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier residing in the Naval and Maritme Museum.

USS Yorktown across the way

Fort Sumter in the harbor

The Battery

White Point Garden

What a charming, walkable city, with great history, architecture, and scenery.

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