Sadly enough my husband (now that's a delicious word is it not?) has most of the honeymoon photos on his computer and they look much nicer as they were taken on a real camera than mine taking on my phone. Regardless, I am going to share my crappy pictures because I keep forgetting to ask him for his nice ones.
We went to Charleston, South Carolina for our honeymoon and it was every bit as marvelous as you've probably heard. I'd move there in a heartbeat except it was SOOOO hot. Most of what we saw dated from the Civil War time period though some of it dated from much earlier in America's history.
|After our long flight and settling into our Airbnb |
we went for a long walk on Folly Beach.
|The next day we went to the Nathaniel Russel house.|
|Thankfully this house did allow photography and we were |
able to get some beautiful pictures of this spiral staircase.
|We also did a walking tour of Charleston that day. |
The tour's focus was on Charleston's hidden passages and alleys.
|A sample of the beautiful ironwork gates in Charleston.|
|Another one of the beautiful gates.|
|Most of the streets in Charleston were modern paved roads|
but a few of them like this were cobblestone.
|This is the French Huguenot Church.|
|Brian and I. After the walking tour we also stopped|
by Charleston's City Market, which was huge!
|The next day we got to go kayaking on the Ashely River.|
It was so beautiful and serene.
|After kayaking we were able to go to Middleton Place, America's|
oldest landscape gardens. It made me think of the gardens in period
dramas and actually it was originally designed after the English Gardens.
|All of the trees were huge and hundreds of years old.|
|A little alligator by one of the ponds' banks. |
Something I had to get used to was seeing little
alligators everywhere and not freaking out.
|There were many of these unique benches around the property.|
|In some cases such as this tree, the trees had to have supports|
put in to hold up their massive branches.
|I love a pathway canopied by trees. Most all of the trees in|
Charleston had Spanish Moss hanging from their branches.
|The whole time I was at Middleton place I just imagined|
that this was what Pemberly was like and I was walking
around the ground of Pemberly with my Mr. Darcy.
|Part of the paths there went through a beautifully eerie swamp.|
|I love hollow trees! Brian has a picture of me in the |
hollow of this tree because I couldn't resist climbing in.
|Another big tree because I could not get enough of them.|
Sunday of course we went to church. We went to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which is a PCA church in Charleston. In the evening we went for walk at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Sites, which was a lovely walk and historically inserting. Charles Towne is the original site for the settlers landing before the built Charleston. They also had a little zoo area, which was nice but what really interested me about it was the otters. I love otters!!!!! They are so cute!!!
Monday we were scheduled to go on a boat trip to Morris Island but it was raining on the coast so it was postponed to the next day. I'm so glad it was because we made a trip we may not have if we gone with our original plans. THE MAGNOLIA GARDENS!!!! Just go!
|It also had the best gift shop of all the places we went.|
|Look at all of these beautiful tea things!|
|And these adorable tea sets!!!!|
|And these cute tea bag holders!!! I had to get myself one of them.|
|Just one of the adorable bridges at the Magnolia gardens.|
The Magnolia Gardens is America's oldest Romantic garden.
|An incredible tree that overhung the stream running through the gardens.|
Naturally I had to climb out on it. Brian has some great pictures of me on the tree.
|Bridges over streams, and moss on trees these are|
a few of my favorite things! Oh, and there's Brian too!
|So the next day we got to go to Morris Island finally!|
|And I got very bad pictures of dolphins on the|
boat ride back.
After the aquarium we walked to a used bookstore. That was my idea. I really wanted to buy a book in Charleston. While it was a nice used bookstore, I think my local used bookstore is even better. Regardless, I was able to get a couple Elizabeth Gaskell books I didn't already own and Brian got a couple poetry books.
Ends must come I suppose and so our departure date came. With the checkout time from our Airbnb being in the morning but our flight out not until the afternoon we had to kill some time at Barnes and Nobles. Not that I was complaining. I got another book there.
|On the airplane. Our last picture in Charleston before we took off.|
Another note I'll make that I didn't mention earlier is the food. The food in Charleston is the best!!!! Fried chicken, South Carolina barbecue, Sweet potato waffles, sweet potato biscuits, just biscuits in general (THE BEST!!!!). If we'd stayed there much longer no matter how much walking we did every day I would have been fat. It was all delicious. Besides the traditional South Carolina fare we also went to a Mexican restaurant that was great and a pizza place that was unique and delicious.
I hope this gives you a glimpse into our honeymoon. Someday I'm going to procure the rest of the pictures off of Brian's camera but until then enjoy these!
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