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CHARLESTON, A CHARMING HISTORIC TOWN

Then on past Savannah to Dublin, GA

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Two nights in Charleston with a day of sightseeing seemed adequate for us. One could spend a couple more days if you wanted to dig into the history more for it is teeming with historic places to visit. We stayed at a lovely and large campground (KOA) just north of the city in Mount Pleasant. After checking in and getting settled we drove to the Visitors Center for information on Charleston. We learned of a bus tour leaving hourly throughout the day so we purchased tickets. This enabled us to get an overview of Charleston. Our driver/narrator was excellent and gave us more information during the drive that we could digest but it was entertaining, however. I did not realize how prosperous the area of Charleston is. A seaport, it dates back to British occupation before the American Revolution. Today, the port is the second largest container port on the Eastern seaboard. Fort Sumter, the island fortress guarding the harbor from colonial days was where the American Civil War began. For 34 hours the South Carolina militia fired upon the Federal-held fort until they ran out of gun powder to fire their cannons. Not one person was killed during the seige. Being such lousy shots, the Militia (Confederates) should have given up on declaring war! A short time later, however, the US Army surrendered and that started the Civil War.
The bus tour drove us down narrow streets, past magnificent homes, and through the campus of The Citadel, the military college in Charleston. It happened to be Parents Weekend so we saw many Cadets in their uniforms, downtown with their families. The locals told us that it was an unusual sight for the Cadets are normally restricted to campus in their strict military regimen. The end of the tour took us through the Market Place. Dozens of vendors display their crafts in open-air covered buildings downtown. Of course, restaurants and bars number in the dozens. We chose a roof-top establishment for lunch. Afterwards, we walked around the area then decided to take a horse carriage ride narrated by a knowledgable young lady. It covered the old section near the water and she gave some history on the sea captain's homes, etc. Afterwards, we walked to the docks where we saw 2 cruise ships in port. It started to rain lightly at that point so we found an oyster bar with a dozen or so TV's. There I enjoyed a dozen oysters on the half shell while Pat had something different for she does not like these albuminous crustations. We enjoyed the NFL games with the other sports fans as we watched the games being played. The city has a free bus system which we took advantage of to return to our car at the Visitors Center as night-fall had set in. We decided not to take tours of the local plantations as we had both visited plantations before. All-in-all we enjoyed our visit to Charleston for it is a destination city. A bit of trivia- Charleston hosts the most marriages per year in America behind Las Vegas who is #1. Six-thousand five-hundred marriage ceremonies are performed in Charleston annually. With that statistic I felt it best that we quickly get out of town!

A point half-way between Charleston and Atlanta was chosen as a place to stay on our way to the Atlanta Airport where Pat is to depart for MSP. That place was Dublin, GA. The campground was given a personal rating of 1-2 on a 10 point scale. It had, however, 50 amp. power, water, and sewer so it satisfied our requirements for one night. After setting up, we drove to the local Walmart for some supplies and then Googled Dublin restaurants for a place for dinner. To our surprise, we found a delightful place in the downtown historic district. We drove on a street lined with beautiful southern mansions of an earlier time. All were in wonderful condition and reminded us of a 'Gone with the Wind' scene. Dublin, GA must have been a prosperous community at one time. Even today, it appeared to be prosperous as the County Seat.

The next day our destination was a campground on the south side of Atlanta. Chosen for its location, it is but 12 miles (45 minutes) from the Atlanta Airport. I did not want to get mixed in the horrible Atlanta traffic which rivals Washington, DC, Dallas, TX, and Seattle, WA. From here I head south toward the GA-FL stateline for an overnight, then on to Hudson to meet friends. More on that later................................

Posted by dixter 16:15 Archived in USA Tagged georgia

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