Next up was Charleston. I LOVED Charleston. I'd love to go there again some day and see more of it; I could even live there. Around the city, we law lots of beautiful buildings:
This is an old prison:
After touring a famous, historical house, we went out to the back porch, where the kids enjoyed bouncing on this joggling board:
This is the Edmunston-Alton house that we toured:
We got to go over this impressive bridge:
Fort Sumter is where the first shot of the Civil War was fired:
Benji with a cannon at Fort Sumter:
This is Angel Oak, a 300-year old oak tree. It was truly impressive and beautiful:
I mean, look at those gorgeous branches:
We went to the Children's Museum, which was AMAZING. It was a lot like Pretend City (oh, how I miss thee, Pretend City). The kids were happy here for nearly 3 hours, and even then, the only reason we left was because they were closing. Their favorite was the water room:
Benji made a dam, then a flood:
And Fiona played with golf balls in the ball/science room:
Then a little splash time in the fountain outside:
We got to see REALLY old fire engines at a historical fire station. These two are from something like the 40's:
And this was from even earlier. It was a horse-drawn fire engine. Where did they put the water? I don't know!
If you ever go to Charleston, EAT HERE! Jestine's Kitchen was the best dining experience of the trip: truly excellent Southern food, hospitality, and a great mom 'n' pop atmosphere.
And another one:
Middle Place Gardens and Plantation was our final activity in Charleston. It was genuinely beautiful:
Look at this amazing tree!
It was miserably hot there though. The kids were not impressed, although they did enjoy chasing the guinea fowl down the path. Too bad I don't have a picture of that.
So long, Charleston. You are beautiful.