August 1, 2013 by Last Star blog
I have said this many times, that I love Charleston. It is an old city with a checkered past, surviving slavery, war, earthquakes and hurricanes. There is beauty in every corner, every street, every building. The architecture is spectacular and their devotion to their history a blessing for the eye. I could never do the city justice but I took a few (ok, maybe a 100) pictures and here are some of my favorites. The whole historic downtown Charleston, really the whole peninsula is breathtaking. From the battery to the market to the Citadel, I find this city lush. The textures in the street with their old cobblestones and bricks, to the myriad of colors in their foliage, including the different finishes on the homes all seems to spark your senses. Maybe that is why this city has so much culinary excellence as well; the lush city excites the palate and needs to be satiated. One of the things I adore about the houses here, are the gates and gardens on the side and rear of the homes. Very often the front door is on the street and it opens to a long porch and a patio/garden, where the actual front door to the home is hidden from the street. This treatment gives the feeling of privacy and decadence you don’t get with a big front yard and door facing the street. The homes are often touching each other, and yet peeking into their gardens you are struck with an ‘other-era’ charm and solitude hidden from passersby.
Cole said these areas just screamed Mint Juleps and family. Yes, I agree. They are all amazing. The one thing I did not get to do is tour a mansion. I just never had the energy, but next time, fersure. Enjoy the photos, I loved taking them. Even if it was 100 degrees with 120% humidity! I needed a nap and an ice tea after. We leave tomorrow, however, I know I will back, there is too much food to experience not to return sometime.
So, our last night here and we snuck away from the quarantine marine cell to have dinner at Poogans’ Porch in Charleston…oh, yummmmmmmm. There was a very odd moldy dog smell when we first walked in that gave us pause…Husk is just 3 doors down. However, it was just in the hall and not in the rest of the house/restaurant. I am glad we stayed, because it was amazing! We started with a nice bottle of wine, crab cakes & fried alligator. The alligator was spectacular. Hank had a gorgeous steak and I had grouper with pimento cheese ravioli…I loved them. We finished with coffee and chocolate sheet cake. What a wonderful meal and a great way to celebrate getting better.