Florida Trip Day 5: Charleston Meanderings

Another full day in the South, this time touring the #1 city to visit in the world according to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine…

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Lisa is a history teacher, so naturally we started with the place where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Fort Sumter National Monument.

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Since Fort Sumter is on an island, the only way to get there was via boat. So we took the first departure of the day at 9:30am.

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Approaching Fort Sumter.

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Visitors are allowed an hour to explore the fort before returning to the mainland.

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After our visit to Fort Sumter, we had a small lunch and then took a Charleston history walking tour with Damn Yankee Tours. Our guide, Paulette, took us to major sights and others not-so-major…

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St. Phillips Church

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Our guide, Paulette, is a retired history teacher and since we were the only ones on the tour, she was our own personal guide for almost three hours

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After our tour, we continued with the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon — here we had a docent lead us through the dungeon area and told stories of some famous prisoners here, like Stede Bonnet, aka “The Gentleman Pirate”

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The Old Exchange Building is where the Declaration of Independence was read for the citizens of South Carolina

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Lisa is now able to check this one off and complete her “Halls of Freedom” list

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Dinner at Fleet Landing, with regional specialties Hush Puppies stuffed with shrimp and lobster, and our main dish of shrimp and Andouille sausage over grits.

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Charleston harbor

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We concluded our evening with a stroll down the waterfront…

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…and through more neighborhood streets

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And finally, dessert!

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Mmmm, pralines!

 

Expense ledger:

$0.00 Hyatt hotel – paid for with award points
$39.00 Sumpter Ferry Tour
$10.93 Souvenirs
$7.74 Subway lunch
$29.00 Damn Yankee tour and tip
$10.00 Old Exchange Building admission
$45.00 Fleet Landing dinner & tip
$3.17 Souvenir
$1.61 Dessert Canoli
$16.00 Parking fee
$162.45 TOTAL

 

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