Charleston, South Carolina
Sidewalk branching off from Meeting Street.
I was born and raised in the town of Mount Pleasant, just outside of Charleston. However, I’ve been hanging out in downtown Charleston for my whole life. Well, until my husband got an amazing job that moved us to Columbia.
Both of our families still live in Mount Pleasant and we go back often to visit.
The other weekend, on one of our many trips to the coast, we spent the entire afternoon walking around downtown. Here are some just some stories from that day and the many days before.
Silverware display at Williams-Sonoma.
I was able to get this photo at Williams-Sonoma before they got mad and yelled at me that there was to be no photography in the store. I’m not sure what that was about.
I just wanted to take a picture of some spoons, for cryin’ out loud.
Le Creuset window display.
I had to resist the large and overwhelming urge to want to go inside Le Creuset.
I was very good. I just window shopped.
How cute are those!
Godiva chocolate box display.
Next stop: Godiva.
This is my favorite store in all of downtown.
One day I want to be able to make as delicious and beautiful truffles as Godiva makes.
The holy grail.
Chocolate Lava Cake Truffles
I kid you not. This is the greatest truffle I have ever tasted in my entire life.
It has a thick, deep dark chocolate outer shell that cradles a moist dark chocolate ganache that secretly hides the oosey dark chocolate lava.
One bite and you’d've thought you died and went to chocolate heaven.
My attempt at taking an artistic shot of Charleston Place.
East Shore Athletic Club
During my junior year at the College of Charleston, my dad and I decided to get a gym membership at East Shore. Side Note: My dad works at the College. The downtown location was located just feet away from my dad’s office and the Mount Pleasant location was a quick bike ride or drive away from our house. It was the perfect scenario…
…the College of Charleston decided to make a deal with ESAC that would allow all students and faculty to have full access to the club. This was great considering that prior to this deal, the College only had a 15 foot by 15 foot gym that had all of 6 treadmills for the entire college (over 9,000 undergraduates). However, once in place, the East Shore downtown was CONSTANTLY crowded and got dirtier by the day.
Needlesstosay, I only worked out at the Mount Pleasant location after that.
Please note that I only worked out at the gym on days when it was miserably hot or cold or rainy. All other days, I ran with either my dad, Kala (friend) or by myself around downtown. Then I would take a shower at the gym. Sneaky, sneaky! But, the best days of my life were the days that I got to run all over downtown Charleston. I miss that SO much!
There were so many routes and things to look at. Absolutely beautiful!
I lived for the first 2 years at the College in the middle (red) historic house, on the 2nd floor. I had two great roommates (Liz and Jennie) and shared one of 2 bathrooms with 16 girls. The best/funniest/coincidental part of my room was that my window was directly across the street from my dad’s office. We used to put up messages in the window as means of communication. These usually pertained to laundry.
Everyone used to tease my dad, saying that he had something to do with my living there. But, to this day he says it was just a coincidence.
The other 2 years of my college life I lived with my parents back in Mount Pleasant. I am so glad I did this. It gave me so much extra time to be with my sisters and parents, especially my dad, since we car pooled into downtown everyday. Such great conversation. I miss that too.
Sorry, this post became more sentimental than I thought it would. Someday Logan and I hope to move back to Charleston. Life is so short. Go live near your family and hang out together.
Miss you guys!