Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

A few of the many boats docked in the harbor...

One of Charleston's oldest buildings and the start of today's tour...

Sorry, Eric closed his eyes but it's a good shot of Larry...

Moving along on our tour...

One of many lovely churches along today's route...

Now this is a bumpy street!

We stopped at what is now a small art gallery...

To see the very small courtyard in back where pirates gathered for...

Across the street is a very important black slave museum...

A stop here to sit a bit, ask questions and admire the...

Hard at work, looked very nice...

It's beautiful here down by the harbor...

The 'Pineapple Fountain' at Waterfront Park in Charleston, a symbol of hospitality...

A beautiful sailboat taking advantage of today's light breezes...

Pirate Eric is a wealth of knowlege...

A closer look at a pirate's 'tools'....

A nice home along our path...

The nation's oldest 'spirit' establishment...

Info on that...

This was in the window, cute...

Great architecture!

The Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon, SC voted to ratify the...

One of the many mansions on South Battery ...

The Edmonston-Alston House on South Battery ...Circa 1825-1838

Another beautiful mansion on SouthBattery ...

South Battery ...

Confederate Soldier Memorial in Battery Park...

Battery Park...

Moultrie and cannons at Battery Park...

Marker at White Point Gardens...

Cannonballs at Battery Park...

One of many beautiful homes on Murray Blvd...

Beautiful landscaping at this Murray Blvd home...

This is amazing, would love to tour inside it!

One last home, love the ivy growing on the fence...

We've arrived at the Mellow Mushroom, it got busier soon...

Our meal was great, check out the soup bowl, lol! Time to...


My morning didn't get off to a great start. I was putting my bathrobe on when both feet shot out from under me. Yep, shot out, lol! I landed on my left side as I tumbled down the three steps to the kitchen floor. Make that bounced, Larry says it sounded like a herd of elephants. He was on his computer & missed the whole thing but rushed to help me. I seriously thought I might have broken a rib or even my back. It hurt~~~However, I am happy to report that I didn't break anything, I'm just extremely sore and have developed a few bruises. And, I have a rug burn on my left shoulder. After I got my breath, my biggest concern was whether or not I was going to be able to do the two hour walking tour we had scheduled with a pirate that afternoon! We applied massage oil, 'wanded', took Ibuprofen and a pain pill and hoped for the best.

We arrived for our tour a few minutes early, which was a good thing, as our truck turned out to be too tall to fit in the parking garage we were instructed to use. So we circled the block several times before finally locating a parking spot with a meter. Maximum time for the meter, two hours. Since our tour was going to run at least two hours we were pretty sure parking there would incur a ticket. Ah well, it was our best option. Parking in Charleston is a nightmare! The streets are very narrow as well, so we had to pull one of our side view mirrors in more than once. That said, Southern charm, hospitality and history imbue Charleston, one of the most well-preserved cities in the United States. On our tour we strolled down cobblestone streets past magnificent churches, grand mansions and beautiful gardens, all meticulously maintained.

Our pirate tour guide, Eric Lavender arrived in authentic costume accompanied by Capt. Bob, the parrot. It was about 60 degrees today so Capt. Bob did not accompany us on the rest of the tour. Being a tropical bird, he prefers temps of 65 degrees or warmer. Along our route, Eric shared stories of the pirates who plundered, partied, and perished in Charles Towne. He brought Charleston's 'Golden Age of Piracy' to life with stories of Blackbeard's siege of the city, the capture and execution of Stede Bonnet and other pirates, the romance between Calico Jack and Anne Bonny, and much more! Along the way, we also learned about the city’s most historical buildings and events.

A different tour for sure. We walked quite a distance and frankly, Larry & I were both ready to return to our starting point at the appointed time. I think if we had to do it over again we would choose a riding tour of some type. Not to take anything away from Eric's tour, it was well done and he was a wealth of information. We were ready for a bite to eat and chose the Mellow Mushroom. Now that was wonderful! The made from scratch mushroom soup was amazing, served in a cool bowl. And our sandwiches were delicious. The best hoagie's we have EVER eaten!

Our time here in South Carolina has definitely not been long enough but it's time to move on. Next stop, Savannah, Georgia.



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