Wilmington, NC to Charleston, SC

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First Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC

As we left Wilmington, our route took us through part of the historical section of the city.  We passed one church with a very tall steeple, then came to the First Baptist Churchwith the tallest steeple I have ever seen.  Talk about majestic!  Wowsers!  It took two photos to get it all in.  I will have to merge them in order to get the full view.  Apparently, during Hurricane Fran in 1996, the tallest steeple was blown down.  It has been completely rebuilt to its historic proportions and tiling.  See the internet link for more history of this breathtaking building.  This church is located at Kenan Plaza, really just an intersection with a beautiful fountain in the middle.  This historic area has many antebellum and Victorian homes.  There was also a small but fine monument to the soldiers of the Civil War (Confederates, of course).

First Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC showing full height of steeple.
  I had no idea this little city was so beautiful.

Our drive took us to the last "Welcome Center" in North Carolina, just about sitting on the border with South Carolina.  The volunteer inside was as friendly as could be with gorgeous silvery-blue eyes.  We both joked about getting older.  She was a delight. 

As soon as we entered South Carolina there was a Welcome Center.  Of course we stopped - so what else is new!  The motto of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is "Smiling Faces & Beautiful Places".  Unfortunately the woman helping me seemed puzzled and pissed that I would ask about Gullah tours in Charleston (in other words, she was NOT smiling!).  These tours are about African-American history.

Keenan Plaza Fountain with antebellum building behind.
  Our dear neighbors, John and Betty Newton, recommended these tours highly.   I guess we are in The South!  One good thing - gasoline seems to be less expensive than in North Carolina.

Our route south took us through Myrtle Beach.  Originally, we were going to spend a couple of hours there.  However, as soon as we saw the commercialism that has raised its ugly head, we decided to continue on to Charleston.  We were not even in the main tourist area: along the beach or the business route.  I have no desire whatsoever to visit this place.  My gosh - if it is this bad here, what are we going to find in Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee, Florida, near Walt Disney World?

We arrived in the Charleston area in the late afternoon.

Confederate Soldiers Civil War Memorial
  Our hotel, Quality Inn Patriots Point, is very nice.  It is comfortable and not far from the downtown area of Charleston.  Our room is large enough for us to put our junk away.  As usual, we brought too many clothes.  The area where we are located is called Mount Pleasant and is just across the famous Ravenal Bridgefrom downtown Charleston.  It is a very pretty town, new and modern in parts and with some gorgeous older homes nearby. It is expensive, because of the weekend, but not nearly as costly as in Charleston itself.  The area we are in is Mount Pleasant. 

Dinner tonight was at a restaurant recommended by our hotel: Vickery's Bar & Grill.

"Sam, Mira" and Ajja at South Carolina Welcome Center
  It was good, but not great.  I ordered jerk chicken, but it was not spicy hot as it should have been.  What was absolutely delicious were the black beans: cooked for many hours and seasoned with cumin, amongst other things.  Jag had grouper, but the accompanying vegetable, broccoli, had been frozen and it was not hot when the dish was served.  The place did not compare, however, to the Turquoise Room of the Hotel La Posada in Winslow, or Colington Cafe in Kill Devil Hills or Cafe Atlantic in Ocracoke.  The situation on Shem Creek, a tributary of the Cooper River, is delightful.  There is a marina with many sailboats at the docks.  Pelicans and gulls like to rest on the top-most parts of the masts.  They provide a relaxing ambience to dinner outside.  The weather is perfect: the humidity is way down.  This has been a lovely day.

 

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