We’re certainly enjoying our “vacation” here in Charleston. We even decided to bite the bullet and stay another five days. Even though we already have paid for the month at our “home” campground, it is so nice here we felt it was worth it to splurge and spend the money.
We decided to take a carriage tour around the city. Slow and easy to get some interesting pictures and yet cover a large distance without wearing out our feet.
The carriage tours are very popular, and not too expensive at $22/person for an hour long tour. Discounts are available and we got our tickets for $18 each.
We had a great tour guide who was not only well versed in Charleston history, but had a great sense of humor which made the ride all that much more fun.
He even got John, the horse pulling the carriage, to snicker at some of his jokes. Alt least it sounded like a snicker.
The city has a lottery system in place. Once a tour starts out, they have to stop at a booth where a machine just like you see on TV that picks lottery winning numbers pops up a ball with a random tour route. That way the city prevents too many carriages from taking the same route and blocking traffic, after all the streets are narrow in spots.
The city has strict rules on maintaining the houses and buildings to a certain historical standard. If you were wealthy enough to own one of these homes (I wish!) and needed some outside repairs, you couldn’t do it yourself, you must hire a certified historical repair contractor who would make the repairs using the same techniques and materials from the period when the building was originally built. Ouch!
But the homes have a great charm to them and are really beautiful.
Some of the architecture was amazing.
I’d better stop here, with limited Internet connections, too many pictures will take forever to upload. Stay tuned, more to come.
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