I’m thrilled to present this inaugural post by the usually very private Mr. TWS. Enjoy!
Scenes of Charleston
One of the advantages for the guests of a destination wedding is that they get to enjoy serendipitous exploring of a place they might otherwise not have seen. Sweeney and I got to experience Charleston, South Carolina in this way in late September. I haven’t traveled much in the traditional South and neither Sweeney nor I had been to Charleston. Although our short trip was spent primarily with the wedding and family, we were able to get an introduction to Charleston shared in the photos below.
Charleston contained elements of what I think characterize the old South, such as the numerous mansions we saw on our walk in the harbor area and downtown.
The mansions gave us the feel of southern charm and history.
Water is an important attraction to me for every destination and the harbor walk above provided a good view of the Charleston harbor and the large residences that were positioned to take advantage of the view.
Charleston’s Waterfront Park also provided a beautiful walk along the harbor where wild birds seemed to be in a more remote setting.
We had seen flocks of these birds in flight on our boat ride in the harbor the previous evening.
The park also had numerous unique fountains like the pineapple fountain above and at the larger fountains children were frolicking in the spray.
Charleston’s history is well represented in the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon. It played a significant role in America’s independence and also other historic events before and after. Pictured above is Sweenie cozying up to a colonial soldier.
The view of several rooms from the hallway and hearing about the Provost Dungeon made us wish that we had time to take the guided tour.
In addition to the mansions there were many colorfully painted historic residences, well maintained, conveying a feeling of really being in the old South.
Gardens and flowers were prevalent in the historic downtown. I can never resist taking flora pictures and like the slight differences among indigenous flowers of the places we visit. I selected the one above from the many I took in Charleston because the orange flowers and butterfly were themes in the wedding decorations; it seemed a fun coincidence.
There were many tempting restaurants along our walk. We opted for a rooftop one that afforded bird’s eye views of Charleston.
The sunset wedding cruise the previous night afforded views of the harbor, including the dominant Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.
Although I saw many beautiful and charming sights, the bride and her aunt were the best.