Day 87: Walking around Charleston, South Carolina.

We decided to stay two nights at Oak Plantation RV Park so that means we have a full day today to meander around Charleston. Before we headed into town however, we drove across street from the campground to finally eat at a Waffle House.

finally eating at waffle house.

We have seen Waffle House restaurants for the last several thousand miles of our journey. Every time we have driven by, we have always been towing the Airstream or have just eaten a meal. They are not known for having large parking lots so we have always just passed them by. It was well worth the wait. Not only is the food delicious, it is super cheap!

apple ipad.

The iPad on the other hand, is not quite as affordable. We parked the van in Charleston downtown right by the Apple Store. Since the iPad came out, I have not yet seen it in person so I had to take a quick gander. It is a very nice looking device and our site looks great on it. As tempting as it is to buy one, I can not get myself up to buying a first generation product or paying full price for one.

city market at charleston, sc.

Around the corner from the Apple store is the old city market of Charleston. Unlike the city market in Savannah that has gone through various transformations, this one has been very well preserved and still used today as a marketplace.

us custom house.

Only having a single day to see a place like Charleston is a pretty big task. How do you decide where to go?

looking for places to go.

Thanks to Mila the navigator, she busted out the map and led us to the historical neighborhoods to see the old houses.

rainbow row.

Along the Charleston Harbor, we walked by a stretch of historical homes aptly named Rainbow Row after the colors they are painted. Back in the 1700s, these were bustling shops and the heart of Charleston’s commerce.

waterfront.

Some of the homes here are truly magnificent. As compared to the houses in Savannah, these are generally much more opulent. Not to say the many of these have waterfront views as compared to the Savannah homes that mostly look into 1 of their 22 squares.

cover your eyes!

At the edge of the water is the Charleston battery that protected the town from seaborne enemies back in the colonial era. Today it is a park that is home to this statue commemorating the confederate soldiers. I think they probably wore a little more clothes than this is depicting.

balconies facing the neighbor.

A lot of the houses along the Charleston Battery were tall multi-level mansions with balconies on each level. Since they didn’t have air conditioning back then, the balconies did not face the ocean but rather faced the neighbor’s house. I guess the idea is that the breeze from the water would then blow through the open balconies on hot sunny days.

fast and french.

We once again went to our trusty ol’ tour book and it recommended us to eat at this French restaurant called Gaulart et Maliclet Cafe.

some french meal.

Don’t let the French name scare you because this is a very affordable place serving some very yummy bistro style cuisine.

ice cream.

Of course ice cream is once again on the menu and of course Marlene and Ava did not hesitate to partake. If we keep eating like this, we are going to be massive before this trip is over if it wasn’t for all the walking we do on sightseeing days like this.

Just like Savannah, many of the historical homes are open for tours. The problem with these tours is that each of them want to charge you like they are some kind of amusement park. It is really quite ridiculous that a 30 minute tour can cost as much as $30 a person.

lots of houses for sale.

Maybe we should just pretend like we are some kind of rich Californians looking to relocate to get a tour of this house.

more for sale.

After looking around, we actually noticed a lot of houses in the downtown area for sale. These homes being so expensive, you would think most of the owners are upper class folks who are really feeling the pinch like the rest of us are.

sale sale sale.

I guess eventually, the slowdown of the economy hurts us all.

buy me already.

If you are in the market for a mansion in Charleston, now might be a great time to do it. Don’t forget to invite us for a free tour when you do!

dinner at five guys.

Well, time to get fat again after all the walking around. We saw a Five Guys on the way back to the campground and decided to load up on their delicious burgers for dinner. After a second visit, I would have to officially declare that although it ranks up there as one of the better fast food burgers, In-N-Out still wins hands down. Another burger place we love that hasn’t quite garnered nation-wide acclaim is a California chain called The Habit (formerly The Hamburger Habit), also ranks way up there in my book. It originally began as a little stand back in the 1960s in Santa Barbara and has just recently been expanding all around California. Just thought you might want to know.

cows relaxing at the campground.

Sorry cows, hopefully those burgers weren’t anybody you knew.

over and out,
dan

5 Responses to Day 87: Walking around Charleston, South Carolina.

  1. Stephen H. May 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Hey, I found your website the other day and read about six months worth of blog! Your photos are really nice and I’ve enjoyed seeing different parts of our country through your eyes. I am a travel nurse and my family goes with me. We spend quite a few weeks in one location and are seriously thinking of doing some full-timing ourselves. We hope to find an Airstream and have been looking for a used one for about a month. We are tired of living in strange apartments. We are in Reno right now, but our permanent residence is in Texas. We have two children as well, although they are a few years older than yours. Maybe we’ll run across each other on the road some day.

    Happy and safe travels,
    the Halls

  2. deets May 20, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    the waffle house is still known as the diarrhea house in most states.

  3. Nicole May 20, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    We have a Hamburger Habit in La Verne! Well I guess its just called “The Habit” now. I was so happy to run across it when my sister moved to La Verne. It is now my official post hike burger joint. I think about that burger for the last 3 mi of the hike and it gives me a little extra energy and incentive to get down that hill!

  4. Roger May 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Ohhhh! Love Habits! I have been to them in Santa Barbara, Valencia and Davis. If I am near, I am there! If ever in Chico, CA, go to the Burger Hut on Nord Ave. Great burgers.

  5. marlene May 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    love all the comments today! thanks everyone!!

    stephen- best of luck with your airstream hunt. it took dan a bit to find the perfect one for us. i’m sure you and your family will love it. temporarily living in a new city while still in your own ‘house’ is an awesome feeling. thanks for reading.

    deets- it’s okay to say ‘shit’ on our blog. shit shit shit house. but man, those pecan waffles are yummy.

    nicole- you have one near you now?!?!?! great, one less reason to visit us.

    roger- thanks for the burger hut tip. we love trying reader recommendations 🙂

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