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Places to Visit: Charleston, SC

Places to Visit: Charleston, SC

A couple weekends ago I went to visit Charleston, South Carolina for the first time and I had so much fun! If you have yet to visit I would definitely add Charleston to your list of places to see. Exploring new places is one of my favorite things to do, and now that I live down south I try to take advantage of experiences that I wouldn’t necessarily have access to in the DMV.

So what does Charleston have to offer? 

History
Being that Charleston was one of the largest slave import cities, there is so much rich African- American history to experience. I couldn’t help but to want to visit a slave plantation during my stay! Some may not be as excited to visit an attraction like this, but for me it is truly important to see. We stayed at the plantation for over 5 hours (would’ve been longer if it was up to me lol) touring the slave cabins, big house, and crop growing areas. There was also a live performance by an actress who discussed slave life. It is just so unreal to see the conditions in which our ancestors lived, and I think about how much we have overcome despite our circumstances. I left the plantation feeling proud, empowered, and enlightened. That’s why history is so important; it reminds us of who we are.

  This is the "Big House" where the slave owners lived.

This is the "Big House" where the slave owners lived.

  If these tree’s could talk I’m sure they would have many stories to tell. 

If these tree’s could talk I’m sure they would have many stories to tell. 

Food                                                  
So I was extra basic during this trip lol. Everywhere we went I got fried shrimp! I couldn’t help myself. That’s one of my fav foods and I wanted to only try seafood while in Charleston. It was very fresh, and I’m excited to go back to try new options. Maybe I'll branch out and get something besides shrimp next time? lol. 

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Downtown Area
Downtown Charleston is BEAU-TI-FUL. The houses are gorgeous!! Like these people are living lol. I fell in love with the architecture of the homes there. They are all so unique and truly stunning. 

  “Rainbow Row”. These homes are so colorful. I can’t imagine living in a purple house!

“Rainbow Row”. These homes are so colorful. I can’t imagine living in a purple house!

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Downtown there’s also a street (Kings Street) with stores, it’s a perfect area to spend a whole day shopping. There’s also tons of history downtown as well. You can be randomly walking down the street and see a sign with a historical fact, which I LOVED. Because the city is so historic it’s cool to see which events took place in certain areas.

Downtown is where you’ll also find the cutest restaurants, bars, and local markets. 

Beaches
There are a couple beaches in Charleston, and we went to the Isle of Palms for a nice relaxing beach day. I liked that the beach wasn’t overcrowded and there was live music and restaurants at the boardwalk. It was so peaceful and relaxing. The water could be a little bluer though! Lol. But hey I’ll take it.

All in all I had a great time. Have any of you been to Charleston? I’d love to hear below. 

Love, 

Ash

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