Love Letter to Charleston

Dear Charleston,

I know I only spent 5 hours with you, but I think I’m in love.

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It must have been fate. Spring was out in full-force and there was no way I couldn’t go head over heels for you.

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You’ve got all the history of the northeast, but with Southern charm and warm weather. Cobblestone roads, beautiful jewel-toned buildings, cemeteries that are centuries years old…I’m pretty sure I had a goofy grin plastered on my face all afternoon.

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Let’s not forgot the well-manicured parks, the cute boutique stores, and the food.

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Oh, the food. I’ll admit we only visited one restaurant, but it certainly did not disappoint. I sampled decadently silky she-crab soup, fried chicken that was perfectly crisp, and a $3.50 (!) bloody mary with pickled okra as garnish. Charleston, you must have known that I fall for pickled vegetables.

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We walked down King St, passing by historic homes with their ornate gates, water features, and flower boxes. At times I felt like I was in Europe, not the southern United States.

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Our walk led us to the water. Charleston, I’m a sucker for water. The whole city, really, is surrounded by water and at the southern tip there is a tree-lined park that feeds into a pier overlooking the harbor.

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I think the boyfriend was won over, too. It just so happened that the Blue Angels were performing that afternoon. And he’s kind of obsessed with aviation.

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Then, as we were walking back to the car, we stumbled upon a craft beer store. Airplanes and beer in the span of 30 minutes. For him, that equals bliss. You really pulled out all the stops, Charleston, didn’t you?

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And Charleston, the only complaint I have? Those damn sweet grass baskets that are sold on every corner. Goodness me, they are expensive. We’re talking $100+ for a medium sized basket. I’ll pass.

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Charleston, why did it take me so long to visit? You can be bet I’ll be back.

xoxo,

Paige

Posted: Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 @ 2:37 pm
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