Happy 2017, everyone!
I'm finally getting around to posting the second leg of our Charleston trip, mostly because I had to filter through 1000 photos (oops). The city is just so dang photogenic as you can see.
We spent the remainder of our trip walking the streets of downtown Charleston and enjoying the scenery. On our last full day of the trip, we woke up early and stopped at the sweetest coffee shop called Black Tap Coffee. With our coffee in hand we strolled the quaint brick streets and enjoyed the architecture unique to the city. My dad studied architecture in college-- it's fun learning from him!
We were determined to take at least one historical tour while in Charleston, deciding on the Edmonston-Allen House. The masion looks out onto the bay and Fort Sumter. On the second floor of this home, the general of the Confederate Army stood with a gold telescope in hand to watch the first shots fired on Fort Sumter. It was absolutely incredible to be standing in the footprints of major American history.
We spent part of our day popping in and out of the shops near our hotel, our absolute favorite called Candlefish. We ended up going back in two more times after the initial visit! It was Christmas in retail form, candle heaven on earth. We restrained ourselves from buying 8,000 candles by walking the side streets of downtown Charleston, dreaming of what it would be like to live in a city dripping with history. Coming back from the trip, I've been reading more and more about the Civil War era and the impact it had on our country (and the world at large). Spending time in the South, in the midst of it all, ignited a curiosity to not only learn history but the stories of the lives who lived it.
We fell in love with Charleston and cannot wait to get back! If you travel to Charleston in the near future, you can reference my city guide page for a handful of recommendations!