View through an arch onto a porch with columns.
What makes one city memorable and another not? For me it's in the details, the ambiance, the sense of history and community. Charleston still has "rope dry lanes" which are now walking paths to cut through the SOB neighborhood. These lanes were where the ship's crews would stretch out the ropes to dry after a long voyage. Brick and cobble-stone streets alternate with modern-day one-ways controlled by state of the art timed lights. Brick and wrought iron stairways are common, as well as verandas, piazzas and columns. The tree of choice in Charleston is the Palmetto.
While walking through the interior of this peninsula city, it is easy to forget that it is also a port city. While we were walking the path along Charleston Harbor, we saw a docked cruise ship, a naval aircraft carrier and a cargo ship.
Our guide told us that just two weeks before they had opened the new bridge in this photo, connecting Charleston with Mount Pleasant.
I had heard so much about this city, about its checkered history, but I have to say I am impressed with how cosmopolitan the city is now--and how inclusive. I will go back if I can--for a longer visit-- but probably not in the summer.