Charleston Part II

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Happy Friday Eve!  I’m so excited about the upcoming weekend at home, and I’m even MORE excited that we have a clean house now!  I/We decided it would be better to get that checked off our “to do” list now.  I plan to enjoy the coming sunshine after tomorrow’s rain and winds pass through.  I’d also like to finish up sharing about our big trip that happened last weekend before the upcoming weekend arrives!  I wrote about the first day here.  I started off day 2 of our Charleston adventure with about a 3.5-4.5 mile run.  This was a loose estimate based on the number of songs I listened to.  Sometimes, it’s nice to just enjoy your own thoughts while you run without the annoyance of time, mileage, or pace.  After breakfast, we packed up, made a Starbucks stop, and headed off on our first adventure of the day.  The picture above is from when we {my mom, sister, and I} turned off the main road on the way to the Angel Oak outside of Charleston, South Carolina on Johns Island.  Here are the details about this massive tree pictured below.  All info taken from the Angel Oak website. 

Height: 65 Feet
Circumference: 25.5 Feet
Area of Shade: 17,000 sq. Feet
Largest Limb: Circumference: 11.25 Feet
Length: 89 Feet
The Angel Oak is a Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) that is a native species found throughout the Lowcountry (Coastal Carolina). Believed to be in excess of 1500 years old, its massive, draping limbs and wide spreading canopy present the aura of an angel but the naming of this tree was acquired from the tree’s previous owners, Martha and Justin Angel.


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Isn’t it just amazing?!?!  It was drizzling when we arrived but really started coming down as we were wrapping up our time at the Angel Oak.

We had lunch at a spot on Route 17 outside of Charleston – The Glass Onion.  This was recommended by Natalie {not me silly!} from the blog designer bags and dirty diapers.  She has the best restaurants in Charleston listed on her site, lots of yummy food {recipes too!} and two adorable kids.  Be sure to check her out!  Anywho, I had the grilled pimento cheese sandwich with collard greens.  Very good.  Maybe my best meal while in Charleston!

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The rain nixed our plans to head to a plantation later in the day, but we came up with a backup plan of doing a home tour in downtown Charleston.  We headed off to the Nathaniel Russell House Museum.  This guy was quite a wealthy Charlestonian merchant in his day.  His home was just over the top!

It was a slight bummer that we weren’t able to take pictures inside the actual building, but I did get some pretty shots of the grounds.

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Image from Wikipedia – Nathaniel Russell’s amazing staircase that ascends three floors with anchor points only on the first and third floors!

Pictures below of my sister’s hand are meant to be paint ideas for our shutters/front door.  I like the “Charleston green” that was found all around the city.  Kind of weird how it looks blue in one picture and green in the other!

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Other places and spaces around Charleston-

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Washington Square pictured above – so many pretty green spaces in the Holy City

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I thought the book below was too cute!  I wouldn’t mind having a copy if just for curiosity’s sake!

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Another view of Washington Square

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After our little step back in time, we headed off for some sweet treats at a bakery recommended {again} by Natalie.  It was another great spot!IMG_1524 IMG_1525 IMG_1529

I had the lemon curd cupcake, and I was in heaven!  Parking was a bit tricky here.  However, I think the cupcake was worth it.  😉

We headed off to my sister’s ceremony site after our sweets.  She is planning for her ceremony to be at Old Saint Andrews Parish Church in North Charleston.  It is located on Ashley River Road as you head toward the plantations.  The Rev. Marshall Huey will be officiating the ceremony.  We met him there, and he was so nice and welcoming.  The church is absolutely beautiful as you can see below.

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Spanish moss everywhere!!!!!

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Parish Hall pictured above

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There were lots of “Xs” all over the church to signify Saint Andrew’s crucifixion on a diagonal cross.  Apparently, he was cited as saying that he did not deserve the same death as Jesus Christ (death on the traditional cross), so he asked to be crucified on a diagonal one.  By they way, this type was way more painful!  😦  Just a little factoid for you.

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The picture above was the “holding area” that would be used for bodies as arrangements were made for funerals.  A body would be placed inside and iced until all the details could be ironed out.  I’m just full of morbid facts today!


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There is a lovely little pond and foot bride on the property that I know will be great for the wedding pictures.

After we had seen the actual ceremony sight, there was plenty of talking to do about all the details.  We headed back into downtown Charleston to Blind Tiger for happy hour drinks.  There is a peaceful, historic courtyard all the way at the back of the establishment.  It has quite a history that you can read about here. It had a previous life as a speakeasy during temperance movements.

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We changed our dinner plans at the last minute and ended up at TOAST.  I ate here for lunch with the Mr. back in 2011.  I really think it is best visited for breakfast, brunch, or lunch…BUT my shrimp salad was the bomb.com as were my sweet potato fries.

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We ended our time in Charleston with a little late night sweets plus a drive over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.  IMG_1563 IMG_1564

Don’t worry.  I was driving.  My sister was the photog.

We packed up pretty quick the next day and headed back out to St. Andrews to attend their 8 o’clock service.  It was nice to be able to see how they do things.

All in all, we had a great time!  I was so glad to get home {especially after the 6 hour ride} and see the Mr. and H.  However, I have been WAY more appreciative and thankful for them this week after a couple days away.  I’m so excited to head back down to Charleston in 9 months for my sister {and future bro-in-law’s} big day!

Weekends are the best!

Natalie

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