5 Things to Do in Charleston

Charleston survived the Civil War relatively unscathed. The result is that the old part of this coastal city offers visitors plenty of reminders of its past. The skyline is somewhat different from many American cities in that a city ordinance restricts the height of buildings downtown. Church steeples and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River are the lasting memory visitors will take away when they leave. I’m getting ready to start writing a book to collect all of these great memories of Charleston… Probably also going to develop an ebook and a great ebook cover. Let me know if you are interested in getting it! Continue reading 5 Things to Do in Charleston

Driving Trip from Boerne to South Carolina

Boerne in Kendall County Texas is 30 miles northwest of San Antonio. Summers are hot and humid so it is nice to get away for the annual break to somewhere a little cooler that provides contrast to home. What better choice than across the country to South Carolina? It is almost 1300 miles by road, going through Houston, the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia before reaching South Carolina and the Atlantic seaboard. So we took a week off from our carpet cleaning business in Boerne to venture out to South Carolina to see some of the great historic sites and beaches. Continue reading Driving Trip from Boerne to South Carolina

Planning a Trip to Charleston

Planning a holiday is fun. Even if it is not for many months you cannot help feeling excited as you long to arrange your travel and accommodation. The Internet has made research extremely easy and with plenty of reviews from people who have stayed at a particular hotels or eaten at certain restaurants you will have help from travelers with no vested interest. The city and port of Charleston on South Carolina’s Atlantic seaboard is a great place to visit; lots of variety, accommodation for every budget and plenty of good restaurants. Continue reading Planning a Trip to Charleston

History of Charleston

When the Stuart Kings were restored to the English throne after the period of Oliver Cromwell’s ‘’rule’’, Charles II’s solution to rewarding his generals with other than money was to give them title to Carolina. The Fundamental Constitution of Carolina was written in 1699 by John Locke and settlers began to arrive at the Ashley River in 1670. They named the settlement they established on the west bank of the river after their monarch, Charles Town.

Within a year for defensive reasons they moved across the river to build on the peninsula between the two rivers, Ashley and Cooper. The Constitution guaranteed tolerance and as a result French Huguenots and Sephardic Jews soon arrived to create quite a diverse community. It seems the defenses were not as good as they might have been because the pirate Blackbeard attacked and was able to take hostages for ransom. Continue reading History of Charleston