“They tell me she is beautiful, my city.
That she is colorful and quaint,
alone among the cities.”
(speaking of his home town of Charleston)
We were diverted to Charleston on our flight home from Europe last fall because of Hurricane Sandy.
Charleston was founded in 1670 and some of the historic buildings and streets there show those years.
We didn’t have time on our brief layover for the Mansion/Plantation tour but because we walked and walked for hours, mesmerized and entranced, we turned a corner to find this one in the center of town.
Like this one at the former home of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first Ambassador to Mexico, explaining that he was responsible for bringing the Poinsetta to the United States. Who knew that’s where a Christmas staple got its name?
We strolled in perfect temperatures along the beautiful waterfront.
A city that introduces itself to you, so charmingly, begs to be visited again. Charleston hosts a home and garden tour of many beautiful mansions in Charleston, when Honeysuckle and Confederate Jasmine bloom so abundantly their fragrance fills the springtime air. Sounds like the time to return.
Dubose Heyward, the author who penned the quote above about Charleston, wrote Porgy (which Gershwin later adapted to the musical, Porgy and Bess). He also wrote Mambo’s Daughters in 1929 and Lost Morning in 1936, among others. Don’t those sound enticing?
Another Charleston side note: HGTV’s current Dream Home Giveaway is located just outside Charleston – on Kiawah Island. The home is beautiful, and the prize includes 500K cash and a GMC Acadia Denali. Simply go to this link, and enter once a day until February 15th for a chance to win. I say, if one of us wins, we have a party there and “do” Charleston right.
What or where have you had a fortunate accident in your travels?
Have you found that being flexible makes all the difference?