First of all, I wanted to thank you all for your heartfelt comments on yesterday’s post. The post was one of those that makes you scared to hit “publish” but I’m happy that I did and that you were all so supportive.
Besides my somewhat uncomfortable experience, I enjoyed my time in Charleston. Most people were incredible friendly and hospitable and I found the cobblestone streets and delicious food so charming. Charleston is a great city for taking a walk or riding through on a bicycle. Although I didn’t take advantage of it, the city also has a free trolly that will take you around town, stopping at touristy spots. I found the Waterfront Park to be my favorite area of the city.
Downtown Charleston / Waterfront Park
The Waterfront of Charleston is one of the cutest places in the city. The park offers lovely little benches underneath beautiful trees that line the grass as well as along the water to watch the boats. The main attraction, however, is the giant pineapple fountain in the middle of the park.
Actually, the whole town is full of pineapples. We would see them on houses, sidewalks, gates, and just about anything else you could think of. Those of you from the South (or anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock like myself) know that pineapples are the symbol of southern hospitality. We heard several different stories about how the pineapple came to represent hospitality, all of which centered upon the idea that pineapples were once very expensive and if you displayed one while having guests (or gave one to another person) it was seen as a grand gesture. My favorite story, however, was one that my friend told us: when men were away during a war, women would put a pineapple outside their house and neighbors / community members would stop by and bring them food / comfort them while the men were away. This story claims that at some point the pineapple outside the house transitioned from “my husband is away, please bring me food” to “my husband is away, other men are welcome to come over.” How’s that for southern comfort? A-boom!
The Waterfront park was a great place to take a little break between eating at restaurants. It was nice to watch the boats (and cutest little dogs) while sitting on the benches in the shade.
The highlight of the trip, however, was seeing my dear friend Abby marry the man of her dreams! Abby, your wedding was gorgeous, your family is amazing, and your friends were so welcoming to us outsiders from CA. Congratulations!!
Overall, I enjoyed Charleston. I enjoyed going to the restaurants, learning history about the area, and getting my first taste of the real South.