A day trip to Charleston took me about 5 hours to drive from Atlanta. I started to drive at 5:50am so that I will avoid the traffic and the heat.
I arrived first at the Folly Beach, about 15 miles off downtown Charleston. It was very hot that day. Tempereature was 102F (38C). I laid on the beach for
about 1 hour, and I have to hide.
After lunch, I attempted to enjoy the beach again. I can only stay for another hour or so, and I was cooked. The beach was quite clean, and lots of families
were playing at the beach. Surfers and wave-riders also part of the scenery.
I then drove to Charleston downtown, vistied King St & Meeting St, where this part of the town was dying out. Market Neighbhourhood, instead, was the highlight
of the historic Charleston. Lots of restaurants and pubs open along old warehouse buildings on cobblestone-paved streets. Tourists lined up
outside different seafood restaurants. Various horse carriage tours were running around the neighbourhood.
I settled into a Irish Pub for dinner at about 8pm. It was still so hot. You could see almost everyone's sweatmarks on their shirts. It was actually a very funny
scene. I finally came across a big water fountain, where kids were indulged themselves into the waterfight. That was lovely indeed.
Sadly, I drove back to Atlanta the same day, arriving at about 2am.
I think this is about 6:15am on I-20 Eastbound. The sun is just rising.
Downtown Charleston - King Street.
Even it looked cloudy, it was over 100F on the sand.
St. Matthew's Church on King Street.
Apartments here have the european feel.
Talking about vibrant colours, ey ?
Have the colony feel ?
Low rise buildings still exist here.
Small boutiques on King Street neighbourhood.
Cooper River Bridge.
It's a bicycle and pedestrian friendly bridge.
This one is actually a church !
Firehall ... downtown Charleston.
Cooper River Brdige is also called Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.
An old fire engine here in Charleston.
An even older Firefighting Carriage here.
For Sumter National Monument.
It was here where the Civil War started.
These cast iron sewer covers still have the detailed craftsmanship.
The old victorian buildings are everywhere on Market Street.
Carriage Tour around town.
US Customs House, ....victorian styled.
Original Cobble-stone paved street and brick wall.
Customer line up waiting to get into the restaurant, so that that they had to put a fan outside.
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, a National Historic Landmark.