Hey everybody! Do the Charleston! Day 34 and 35
It’s our only day we have here and we are making the most of it. This historic little town is brimming with bright, cheery folk and tonnes of sites for you to explore. This was the birthplace for many American historical events, being in the south it was one of the first states to secede from the union and marked the beginning of the civil war.
It is also one of the historic slave towns within America. We begin our day with a trip to one of the plantations. Now slavery is definitely wrong and seeing the plantation only makes you imagine what the slaves of South Carolina must have been through, but the Middleton Place plantation is a breathtaking sight. The manicured lawns and gardens, the preserved historic homestead, this is a slice of American history and it is absolutely beautiful. We could spend days here soaking up the stories of this place but we gotta get a move on. More of Charleston to see.
We drive back in to town and head into the bustling sweet street city markets. This is local Charleston at its best, there’s loads of local producers and manufacturers, whether you want some authentic southern spice blends or a hand made crocodile skin wallet this place will have it. After wandering around we see some amazing looking hand made chocolates and free praline tasting. Sweet! S’mores and several helpings of free praline make for a prelude to what is to come.
So all sweets aside I am seriously craving that South Carolina staple. Pit barbecue. Deliciously smoked, meltingly tender, spicy and heavenly pit barbecue. When you’re in Charleston, Nicks is the place to check out. The sandwiches are huge but the potatoes are fully loaded. We sit down and the scent of smoke and spice wafts from the kitchen, this place is the Mecca of meat.
For me I order a double stacked sandwich of smokey brisket and mountains of pulled pork. Each topped with their own concoction of signature rubs and sauces it drips like a tap and runs down my arm. I’m so engrossed in this mighty monstrosity that I completely miss Jessica’s lunch only described as “pig in a potato field.” What this insane creation contains is huge helpings of rich pulled pork, sour cream, melted cheese and barbecue sauce, all held inside the largest potato I have ever seen. We demolish the tangy southern staple in seconds washing it down with house made lemonade and sweet tea. If you haven’t had barbecue in the south you have not lived my friend.
Feeling full as freshly fed hogs we think walking around Charleston is probably the best option. Then we see the free town trolley and suddenly feel quite lazy. If you do decide to walk the quaint cobblestone streets and gorgeous Georgian houses make for great sites and a lovely meander. If you’ve got time check out the Joseph Manigault House to get a real glimpse of South Carolina living in the early 1800’s. We took a tour and got tickets to the museum across the road all for just 16 bucks. The house at first sight is austere and looming but upon entering it is anything but. Spectacularly designed with some immaculate furnishings of the time. A gorgeous chandelier glistens like fresh gossamer, the ornate spiral staircase groans with use but this homestead feels historic. A wonderful piece of American history.
Speaking of history make time to check out the Charleston museum across the street. There is a tonne of artefacts left from pre colonial times, Native American Indians and the civil war. It also gives you some grat insight into Charleston’s place as a slave town and also as a confederate state. A walk around the museum will show you stone work, antique farming equipment and military weaponry.
A quick pop into the textile section provides the opportunity for us to play dress up. Since Jess, Tanya and I are basically just big kids anyway why not throw on some 1850’s get up and pose for some shots. Once the museum finally throws us out it’s back to the hotel before heading out to dinner.
We decide this time to really walk back and check out the local streets, the wharf and the beautiful homes.
Dinner is at the local brewery for more barbecue delights. I just want to stay here and eat pork until my arteries fill! One day in Charleston is definitely not enough time to see everything on offer here but today I think we gave it a damn good knock. A stunning little village with friendly faces and just a good amount of southern charm. Stop by if you find yourself in search of somewhere new and exciting with a lot of history and buckets of southern hospitality.
Ya’ll have a great time ya hear!
We start the day once again with breakfast. A vast array of cereal, pastries and bagels. Jess and Tanya are up and moving and I’m snoring like a menace. We haven’t got a massive day planned other than driving to Orlando. Not too long a journey so we decide to fit in one last piece of historic Charleston. We visit the slave yards. Slaves were bought and sold at Ryan’s mart by the thousands. Standing on the sales floor feels so odd while we read the stories of enslaved African Americans. This is a great stop when you’re in Charleston, located in the French quarter of historic downtown. We take in as much of the haunting history as we can before jumping in the car and hitting the road.
6 hours, two takeaway meals and a million bathroom stops and we arrive in Orlando. Mickey Mouse watch your tail.
I wonder if I’ll dream in Disney?
Josh and Jess