Day 37: Charleston, SC (Love At First Sights)

Welcome to Further Adventures in Blogging. It’s my first photo journal-ly post! (And I can’t quite figure out how to do the captions!)

So I arrived in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday.  Usually when I travel, I am pretty cranky the first day. There is often some disappointment in my emotional mix on the first day of a trip. (High expectations, investments in the outcomes, fears about “wrong decisions” made, all that Judgmental Stuff I do so automatically.). Plus, on that first day, I’m dealing some residual stress from an Airplane-Trip-Which-Could-Have-Killed-Me. And, it always takes me a little while to feel acclimated (and safe) in a new place.

However, even during this Potentially Cranky First Day, I was having a great time as I wandered around Charleston. I walked around, between 3:30 and 5:30 PM, with no real plan or purpose, very quickly falling in love with the place.

I took the photos shown here — with my recently purchased, first iPhone — really haphazardly.  I didn’t take too many photos, because I was so focused on looking where I was going and getting a sense of where I was. But I had to take some quick snapshots, because I saw so much beauty around me.

So I’m going to show most of those snapshots from yesterday in today’s post. (“Snapshots” is a great word for these, all taken in a snap.)  And my captions won’t be particularly illuminating, for those of you who want data and facts about what-the-heck, where-the-heck, why-the-heck, and other basic journalistic-type questions.

However, you will know When-The-Heck: My first day, ever, in Charleston, SC.  I know it will not be my last — not by a long shot.

King Street, near where I was staying.

King Street, near where I was staying (I think!).

King Street.  Lots of shops.

 I originally identified this photo (when I first published this post) as part of King Street, but, as I look at it again,  I don’t think it is. Oh, well!  Aren’t those buildings amazing looking (wherever the hell they are)?

Some random street, where I was wandering.

Some random street, where I was wandering. Look at the colors!  I love the architecture in Charleston.

Another place that caught my eye.

More wonderful architecture I wanted to remember.

This was near a gallery, where an artist was sitting by the window, painting. She waved and invited me in to talk to her. Her art was beautiful and so was she.
This was near a gallery, where an artist was sitting by the window, painting. She waved and invited me in to talk to her. Her art was beautiful and so was she. (I didn’t take a picture of her or her art! Rats!) (Oops!  Letting go of judgment about that ….) (Also letting go of judgment about the fact that I have no idea why THIS caption is the only one in bold print and that I can’t seem to fix that.)

Waterfront Park, as it was getting later.

Waterfront Park, later in the day.

The friendly desk clerk at the hotel (who grew up near my home town!) mentioned the fountain that looked like a giant pineapple as a Must See. And I happened upon it (in Waterfront Park)  and recognized it immediately.

The friendly desk clerk at the hotel (who grew up near my home town!) mentioned the fountain that looked like a giant pineapple as a Must See.  I happened upon it (in Waterfront Park). I recognized it immediately.

A closer view of the giant pineapple.

A closer view of the giant pineapple, at Waterfront Park.

.I took this last photo of the day for my son, because of the graphic in this car window (proliferated by the street artist Shepard Fairey, often with the caption "OBEY"). Also, we love the movie "The Princess Bride" and that image is Andre the Giant.

I took this last photo of the day for my son, because of the graphic in this car window (proliferated by the street artist Shepard Fairey, often with the caption “OBEY”). Also, we both love the movie “The Princess Bride” and that image is Andre the Giant.

That’s it!   Thanks for reading and looking, everybody.

P.S.  I love you, Charleston.

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5 thoughts on “Day 37: Charleston, SC (Love At First Sights)

  1. Gene Phillips

    Thanks for the photos. I have never been to Charleston.

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  3. Nice post! My wife and I happened to be in Charleston last February 10-11 and had to battle the ice storm and nasty cold rain the first day there. But it was worth it as we loved Charleston very much! We had been in Savannah for two days previous, so it was all good, despite the weather. Being from Illinois, though, a little cranky weather isn’t new to us! 🙂

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