Sunday, April 12, 2009

BLONDIE GOES TO CHARLESTON

Happy Easter to everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your day and that the Easter Bunny left you a great big basket filled with yellow Peeps, big chocolate bunnies, (not the hollow kind!) and my favorite, malted milk balls! :-)

We are in Charleston, South Carolina! This is the trip we planned once we made sure that Abby would get off to Jamaica for spring break okay. I was very eager to spend some time in the South and even more so once I met so many wonderful people from the South through blogging! It has been a very long day. The expert blonde procrastinator did not pack until about 11:00 last night and then was to wired to sleep even though the clock was set for 4:00 a.m... so, no sleep. We flew into Myrtle Beach because the air fare was so much less expensive. I was a long but very scenic and beautiful 90 mile drive to Charleston. The heat & humidity was a little strange at first, after all, I have been in chilly to freezing weather for the past 6 months. Few of you know that I have very naturally curly hair that I fight to control & straighten (think Bernadette Peters, Nicole Kidman...) and as soon as I walked out of the airport, boooiiiing!! This does not make for a happy Jane!

Well, we are all settled in to the Francis Marion Hotel. The husband was quite happy & surprised as he is quite the history buff and knows quite a bit about the Revolutionary War and the "Swamp Fox". Funny, I didn't tell him where we were staying~we seem to have settled into that "I trust him/her to make the right choice," thing. And that it pleased him makes me happy. We spent the afternoon walking up and down the quaint streets, surprisingly full of people in spite of it being Easter. I wonder what tomorrow holds. We are going to try to do the Home, Garden & Art Tour tomorrow in Mount Pleasant and a little shopping. I am the slowest, most distracted and daydreamy sort of person you would ever want to be with or take anywhere and The Husband was always several blocks ahead of me today so I am hoping to lose him somehow tomorrow when we shop!! I have done that before!!! ;-)




These are pictures of Charleston College a few blocks from the hotel. The campus is all about, amongst the shops, restaurants and coffee places. This makes me want to be 18 years old again!!

Wednesday we will be off to Savannah for more sightseeing and then our last two days will be in Myrtle Beach. I am planning on doing nothing but but sitting on the beach with my feet in the water, making sand castles. I am going to wear a long sun dress, eat a lot of seafood and have banana cocktails served out of coconuts!! :-)

Happy Easter to all of you and may joy be in your hearts today & always!

xoxo
Jane










26 comments:

PatQ said...

You'll have to let us know how you like Savannah. It's on my to do list.

Mama said...

Happy Easter, glad you are having a lovely time in Charleston, it looks wonderful, my friend goes to Savannah an Charleston a lot and keeps telling me I must go. enjoy the rest of your trip and I look forward to seeing more photos, Kathy.

recipes for the life-chaitra said...

Happy Easter!!Do share with us the pics of your tour.Have fun till then ;)

xinex said...

Hope you had a nice and blessed Easter, Janie! We just got back home and yes, we also went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I hope your daughter have a lot of fun on her trip. The weather was wonderful. The vendors were quite pushy there and some were very rude. Have a nice trip! I can tell you are already having a lot of fun, enjoying the quaint and charming town....Christine

Cynthia said...

Hi Janie,
That looks so much fun, what a change after being in our cold climates. I can't wait to see more pics as this is on my to go list too. Now I have to talk hubby into it as he doesn't like humid but it can get humid here in the summer too. Have Fun, Cindy

April said...

Charelston is such a beautiful place. My husband's cousin lives right in the historic district on Front Street. It's, also, where he went to college at The Citadel. You really should go there if you get a chance...it's full of history and is a gorgeous campus!

Have lots of fun on your trip, Janie...can't wait to hear all about it!

Domestic Designer said...

Welcome to the South! Hope you have a wonderful time! Rest, relax and shop!

Olive Rue said...

Oh how I miss, Charleston. I went there in Oct 2008 for our honeymoon and I fell in love with the city. I thought I loved Savannah, but, Charleston is Savannah's rich cousin. :-)

Smilingsal said...

Enjoy your together time.

Janie's World said...

Oh Janie! I'm so excited to see where you are. Please take lots of pictures and share them with us! I've always wanted to go to both Savannah and Charleston and I have to wait until June to go. You are there at the perfect time. Please share the fun!

Deb said...

Have a wonderful time in Charleston!

mbkatc230 said...

I'm so glad you're having a good trip (and I must admit to a twinge of jealousy lol). Can't wait to see all of your pictures and to hear what you think of Savannah. Hugs, Kathy

Kathy said...

What an awesome trip, Jane! Isn't Charleston wonderful? We went years ago and I'd love to go again.

Jane, I'll be out of town at the time but I wanted you to know that I'll be tagging you on 4/25.
xo...Kathy

Ms. Tee said...

Hi Janie :)
I've been away from blogland during spring break and now I'm catching up -
How neat that you're in CHarleston! I love those huge trees with the Spanish moss. And I had to re-read the sentence about your hubby, where you said "hopefully I'll lose him" while you're shopping. How funny!
Hope you have a great time there - make some sand castles for me. :)
{{hugs}}

susan said...

I hope you had a wonderful trip--so much to see and EAT in Charleston! Give us details!

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Hope you are having a great vacation and had a Happy Easter...when you get home drop me a lil visit....looks like we have lots in common after reading your profile! Enjoy the beach....and the WARM weather...I'm freezing here in Chicagoland!

Beth at Aunties said...

I hope you enjoy each and every moment!
We will also be going to NC for the first time next month and I am so excited.
Our son graduates from dental school and then we will play for 2 weeks. I LOVE all the history in the East. WE have enjoyed our travels back there and still have another son in the same D school (and grandchildren there )which gives us a great reason to keep going back several times a year.
We will make it to the outer banks but not clear down to Chareston or Myrtle beach. We will be going to Gettysburg again though for the history. JUST ENJOY!!!! I hope you have fabulous weather!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This really looks like such fun! I love Charleston, and I hope you have a great time, Janie!

xo,

Sheila :-)

Amy said...

Oh the memories! I graduated form the College of Charleston and the fountain brought back so many memories! It's so beautiful! I don't miss the humidity, though! Hope you thoroughly enjoyed your visit!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I love Charleston. Savannah too. Eat at the boarding house and the Lady and Sons. :)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Blondie, I am so excited to hear more about your trip. My favorite thing about Charleston was the plantations. And I thought it was fun that the porches are on the sides of the old homes in the historic district.

You know how much I love Savannah. I am ready to go back there sometime soon. I hope you ate at "The Lady & Sons". We ate at her orginal restraunt. We really enjoyed some of the tours. And the river walk was really nice. I was really fasinated by all of the town squares. And the beautiful homes. Please post pictures!!

Hugs, Terrie

curtissann said...

What a grand way to spend Easter! I have not seen Charleston, but from your photos and description, I'm putting it on my list of places to visit.

The Muse said...

LOVE and cyber hugs sent your way...have the best time, my blogland friend!

susan said...

What a great record and pictures of your trip. I just love the history and the old homes. Sometimes I think I should have been born in that prewar time period--then I remember-no computers ! Thanks for your great post. Have a great week!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a wonderful blog and great pictures...Will be back often.

The Stylish House said...

What a fun trip! That headboard at the Mansion was definitely over the top. I have wanted to go to the south since I starting to blog. There are so many southern bloggers and I have envied their nice weather and flowers. I enjoyed all the photos you took; it was a mini vacation for me.
Cathy