Another hot but incredible day of sightseeing

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This building was right across my hostel - and the little shop on the ground floor is now a nail salon or something. Something about this building caught my eye from day 1, and epitomised what this town stands for: intact post colonial buildings

Hot hot hot!! I was told Charleston is hot, I just didn't think it would be this humid. I slept quite well the previous night which isn't that surprising (considering I was coming off of a red eye). There was a British bloke in the room (who worked his way down from Newark to Atlanta), so overall pretty quiet. I took a late breakfast (9a), chatted with 2 German girls (one of whom lives in Savannah,  apparently a lot of German hardware and manufacturing engineers work in savannah on 2-3 year projects); it was fun chatting about cultural differences and the Southern accent. I was  impressed and surprised by the demographic spread of Charleston - this town attracts a lot of foreigners as well, or so it appears.

A road running perpendicular to King's Street - another one of my favourites, and again, this is another perfect example of Charleston's streets

Given that my agenda would be walk walk walk and it was hot hot hot, I took it easy - dressed up for the weather and travelled light - no camera or raincoat. Just me, and my phone. I walked past the same route: it was brilliant. But it being a Saturday seemed a lot quieter. 

I cannot say this enough but walking through this town is like time standing still. There are those historic towns and you know you're in the 2016 version of those towns, and then there are towns like Charleston where it's like I stepped into a time machine. I walked past abandoned stores - the windows had cobwebs, badly run down and even the exhibits were old (wedding dresses that had turned ivory or cream, old dial-phones, etc.). It was simply incredible. 

My first stop was the Saturday Market at Marion Square.

Sightseeing tours!
What I also liked about Charleston is the abundance of church spires: it's nice being in an American city with so many visible on the skyline. The market on the other hand was nothing that spectacular - although it was fun seeing the average man, woman and family here. They do seem to live up to a stereotype though! I continued walking past Marion Sq. onto Meeting Street (passed by FIG which is closed by day).

My next stop was a huge Kodak moment - Charleston's City Market - one of the oldest in the country, and I believe the only one that has a night market as well. This was fun, although it felt weird seeing souvenirs of the Confederate flag and all (not that I'm into history, but I'm well aware the C-word has caused racial tensions before). The market is thankfully air conditioned and is a long long hallway split across 2 buildings.

The famed Charleston Market - one of the oldest markets in the US!
There were loads of knick knacks on sale, and certain unique types of biscuits (cookies) that I don't normally see anywhere else in the US. In that sense, I could see that this town did have its own distinct choices.

I walked out of the market into a very crowded centre: lots of tourists, horse carriages and a square that was dotted with seafood restaurants. To my left was the "French" area of the Old Town, which is also called Museum Road due to the historic sights and attractions here. I didn't visit any - and as it was already noon, I ended up going in to the first place that remotely looked like a good restaurant. The waiter is also moonlighting as a photog (destination weddings are big in Charleston, thanks to the plantations and general romanticism friendly scenery) and was hawking his services - we chitchatted a bit, I had some scrumptious food and headed off a little after 1pm.

My hostel
I noticed that something called "she crab soup" is very famous around here. It looks like clam chowder to me, but supposedly a "do not miss when visiting Charleston" delicacy.

Walked straight back to the hostel - grabbed my car keys and  headed around 330p to one of the most popular plantations in Charleston - Magnolia Plantations (read review below). I was hoping I could go on the boat ride (it goes through the swamps) but turns out that there was some Boy scout group that entire weekend and they'd taken up all the available slots. 

I returned from the plantations by 6pm and drove to see another postcard shot - Rainbow Row. Whilst it looks better on the internet (panoramic bird eye shot which shows all buildings in striking contrast), up close was a bit of a challenge.

Paulovic says:
More touristic than you'd imagine. Isn't it?
Posted on: Oct 27, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
Beautiful photos Vikram. The buildings are stunning.
Posted on: Oct 21, 2016
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This building was right across my…
A road running perpendicular to Ki…
A road running perpendicular to K…
Sightseeing tours!
Sightseeing tours!
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
My hostel
My hostel
Abandoned shop (en route to Kings…
Abandoned shop (en route to King'…
Kings Street - notice how most bu…
King's Street - notice how most b…
Kings Street
King's Street
The Saturday Market held at Marion…
The Saturday Market held at Mario…
The Saturday Market held at Marion…
The Saturday Market held at Mario…
The Saturday Market held at Marion…
The Saturday Market held at Mario…
The Saturday Market held at Marion…
The Saturday Market held at Mario…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
The famous Custom House - I couldn…
The famous Custom House - I could…
LOL - at a seafood rsnt
LOL - at a seafood rsnt
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Lunch was an incredible crab cake…
At the harbour
At the harbour
Along the boardwalk - I have to sa…
Along the boardwalk - I have to s…
The famed Charleston Market - one …
The famed Charleston Market - one…
Taken from across FIG on Meeting S…
Taken from across FIG on Meeting …
More of colonial buildings near my…
More of colonial buildings near m…
Driving to Magnolia plantation
Driving to Magnolia plantation
Magnolia plantation
Magnolia plantation
Magnolia plantation (Review coming…
Magnolia plantation (Review comin…
Rainbow Row is the name for a seri…
Rainbow Row is the name for a ser…
Rainbow Row is the name for a seri…
Rainbow Row is the name for a ser…
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