Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Our Trip to Charleston, South Carolina!

We had the pleasure of spending 5 days in Charleston, South Carolina. Sonia had a nurse anesthesia conference, which was paid for, so it was a somewhat cheap vacation. Noah still flies for free so we have to take advantage of that until he is age 2 or older! Carle Hospital paid for Sonia's flight, hotel room, and tuition for the conference. So the only things we had to pay for was my flight, food, and a rental car. Above is a photo of our rental car...I mean a mini SUV! We got a free upgrade, we were supposed to get a midsize car, but they did not have one so they gave us this Hyundai Santa Fe with XM satellite radio! Not a bad vehicle! We had a great time in Charleston, we would love to go back and visit again! Enjoy the photos we took during our time there!

A sidewalk in front of the Edmonston-Alston House in Charleston.

The Market in Charleston.

This is the barn where we met for the carriage ride. It was located near The Market.

Along the streets of Charleston during our carriage ride. It was such a beautiful day that Saturday, about 70 degrees and sunny! Sorry to those of you who had to endure so much snow and cold temperatures!

We walked along Battery Street and came to a nice park. Noah was getting bored in the stroller, so we decided to sit on the grass and play. This was a gorgeous day full of fun activities, including a carriage ride, tour of Edmonston-Alston House, and a walk along the river. This was the best weather we had during our time in Charleston.

We went on a tour of the Edmonston-Alston House, a beautiful, historic house located on East Battery St. in Charleston. This photo was taken accross the street along the river on the walkway.

Sonia and Noah on the porch of the Edmonston-Alston House on East Battery Street in Charleston.

The architecture of the private homes in Charleston that we saw was unique and beautiful. Here is a private home we saw during our carriage ride.

Sonia and Noah checking out the horse during our visit Sunday (our next to last day) to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, located about 14 miles south of Charleston.

A photo taken during the Swamp Tour at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. If you look closely, you can see a couple of aligators looking for dinner! YIKES!!

Sonia and Noah posing near a statue of a frog near the entrance of the South Carolina Acquarium in Charleston. This was a rainy day so we decided to stay indoors! Noah looks excited doesn't he?

Here is a photo of a beautiful church we saw in Charleston.


Rebecca said...

As a native South Carolinian, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip! I've visited Charleston several times and always find something new to enjoy. (By the way, did you know "The Market" is a former slave market?)

Dan S said...

Ah Charleston. I've never been, but I hear it's great, and it certainly looks interesting (and warm). I'm glad you enjoyed your time there.

Eric said...

I did not know The Market was a former slave market. We wish we would have had more time in Charleston, lovely city! We want to go back some day.

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markjones said...

Just to clear up the "slave market issue". Rebecca, the native South Carolinian, like most people from the Palmetto state has a tenious grasp on Charleston history. I am a native Charlestonian and a Charleston tour guide of 9 years. The most misunderstood piece of Charleston history is the fact that just because Market Street is often called "the slave's market" that slaves were sold there. Never happened. Slaves ran the Market stalls for their white merchant owners. Most of the slave trading was done on street corners, on the waterfront or in warehouses. If you've ever been to a farmer's market, I bet you never purchased a farmer. Don't make the assumption that just becuase it's called the slave's market, that slave wer sold there.

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