Charleston, the Holy City

We learned that Charleston, SC is fondly referred to as “the Holy City” because the skyline is sprinkled with church steeples.  You probably can’t walk more than 3-4 blocks without finding a church.  And they are beautiful! I wish I had taken pictures of more of them, but somehow I didn’t.

And several of them have cemeteries on the property.  Very very old cemeteries.  We walked around one for a while trying to find the oldest graves we could, and many of them dated to the early 1800s.  Lots of the dates had deaths in the 1860s, which we guessed were probably from Civil War battles.


We spent a fair amount of time just walking around town, looking at the architecture and homes downtown.  It’s amazing how “downtown” certainly doesn’t feel like any part of Birmingham’s downtown.  There are a LOT of houses in the downtown area, and they are so stinkin’ cute!!  And it’s so clean.  It was nice.


 There are several historic homes in the area that you can tour, so we stopped in one one afternoon.  It was built in the 1800s, and most of the home’s woodwork is all original and the furniture dates to the era as well.  There was no air conditioning in this time, so most homes have lots of windows that could be opened, as well as large porches as added living spaces.


 Friday night we decided to eat a nice dinner for our anniversary.  We had looked at the menu at a place called Oak Steakhouse the first night we were just walking around downtown.  We originally thought it was way out of our price range, but for our anniversary dinner we decided it was worth the splurge.  The building used to be a bank for over 100 years, then I believe in the 1950s, it was converted into the restaurant it is today.  It was gorgeous on the inside and the food was delicious!!!  We even decided to order some fudge cake dessert to-go so we could enjoy it from the comfort of our bed back at the hotel.  Totally worth the splurge!

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