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Charming Charleston

Charm oozes from every corner of the Holy City with its stately antebellum homes along the Battery, quiet gardens along Tradd Street and colorful stucco houses on Rainbow Row. It only takes five minutes in Charleston to realize why it is consistently voted the #1 city in America. This southern beauty lures you in with her charm and sophistication and makes you feel so welcomed you never want to leave.

As one of the most historical places in the US, Charleston has enough history to keep you intrigued for months. My first visit to Charleston as a 16-year-old happened to coincide with a momentous day in the city’s history. April 17, 2004 was the day Charleston chose to hold a funeral procession for the crew of the submarine H.L. Hunley, who were lost at sea in 1864. The wreckage of the Hunley was not found until 1995, and the bodies of the eight sailors from this third and final sinking were not removed until 2001. The warm April day in 2004 to honor these sailors was long overdue and a moment in history for the city of Charleston. And while I may not have fully appreciated the importance as a high school sophomore, I understood enough of the history to know I wanted to keep returning to this Southern city to see what more it had to offer.

Return trips to the Holy City have proven to me that history and traditions are the cornerstones of Charleston. The outcome is a city filled with beautiful architecture preserved for decades in the Southern tradition, a buzzing food scene where chefs pay attention to keep their ingredients rooted in Southern customs while evolving them with current trends, and locals who are immensely proud of the place they call home. By the time I was leaving Charleston, I have to admit, I wished I were one of them.

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Charleston will continue to call me back time and time again, not just because I have family to visit, but also because there is always something new to learn.

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Have you visited Charleston? Which is your favorite photo of the city?

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  1. I enjoyed my first visit to Charleston last spring, after wanting to go for years on end. I wasn’t disappointed and revisit it often through photos. Can’t wait to go back again, or perhaps even retire nearby one day.

    January 25, 2016
    • I agree Deb – Charleston seems like the perfect place to retire! And it is a city that never disappoints 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      January 28, 2016
  2. My favorite place that we have visited in the US, hands down.

    January 25, 2016
  3. Joan Maider #

    Paris and Rome in Europe have charm but so too does Charleston, SC. It was a beautiful city to visit and holds a special place in my heart.❤️❤️❤️

    January 25, 2016
    • Beautifully said, Mam 🙂 It is right up there with some of the great cities of Europe!

      January 28, 2016
  4. As you know, I am dying to visit here 🙂 All of your photos are stunning (and many of the buildings remind me of the colonial era ones in Nassau) but my two favorites are probably the last two. I really love the timeless look of the last one, I can easily envision people in 18th century dress walking on the path. P.S. How lucky you are to have family there!

    January 28, 2016
    • I know – I’m so grateful that we have a reason to return again and again! The buildings are so beautiful, it is a photographer’s paradise. I’m heading to Bahamas for the first time this May so I’ll have to look for the comparison!

      January 29, 2016

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