Thursday, April 13, 2017

Charleston Spring Break Day 4

Day 4- The day of tours. We started out heading to Fort Sumter. Ben loves going to forts and checking them out. While walking around the historic area taking pictures is my thing, forts are his. The only way to get out to the fort is by boat, so we bought some tickets and took a boat tour out to the fort. We were a bit worried about Aiden on the boat just because it was a CRAZY windy day and we knew it would be so much worse on the boat but we decided to go for it anyway. Luckily, the boat was actually quite large, and there was an inside portion. Yay! Ironically though, Aiden really liked going back and forth out to the deck(and into the wind) to watch off the back of the boat.  It was pretty cool to see the fort and learn some of the lesser-known history that goes with it. Ellie really just liked seeing the cannons. 

When we returned, we went to this, place for lunch. Persimmon Cafe. It was actually inside of a college laundromat, talk about your hole-in-the-wall! They had really delicious paninis and cookies and creme custard :)  Then it was on to the next tour, the carriage tour! It was an hour long, and the kids had fun at first, but after 40 minutes they got REALLY squirmy and just were done so that last part was tough. It was really great to see some of the historic area we hadn't seen yet, and to also have the history narration along with it! We toured down Bay street to Rainbow Row and then down the Battery, through the south of Broad neighborhood , and up Church street.

A lot of my pictures look like this, with the carriage roof at the top and some lady's profile

So this long thin layout is what they typical Charleston house looks like. They built them that way to keep them cool. Between the directional breeze and the shade they provide each other, the houses were up to 25 degrees cooler than a normal style house.

I've seen these curved railings a lot, but I had no idea why they had the little curve in them. I thought it was just for looks. Turns out, they built them like this so women in hoop skirts could go out on the balconies and watch the gentlemen come in from the port. Who knew?

(this one was just when we were walking to where we met our carriage tour)

Rainbow row. Called that because of the 13 pastel colored houses all in a row. The purple one was my favorite.

Ellie had me take a picture of every single pink house we saw. Just on the tour I took probably 20 pictures of different pink houses! This one was her favorite.

King street. A really cute retail street we drove through on our way home.

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