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Charleston walkabout

Recently the weather has been approving and the majority of the days are met with blue skies and white rolling clouds.  With the early spring breeze blowing along the coast, what better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than walking around downtown Charleston?  Besides stopping for a place of fresh seafood for an hour, we walked around downtown for about four hours taking in the sights and enjoying the wonderful weather.  We have to enjoy it, because the humidity will be coming soon, and along with it, the most aggressive mosquitoes I’ve every had to deal with.

07032010168The wind is always good in Charleston, and with the weather so nice you are bound to see a sail boat on the calm waters of the harbor.

07032010185Don’t even think of working on a Sunday in this town

07032010170I have been surprised to see all of the Ume (Plum) trees in Charleston.  They started blooming in late February just like in Hachioji, and when I see them I recall the brief-but-pleasant spring season in the Kanto plains.

07032010180Most palm trees in Charleston are pruned and kept small, but this owner decided to let his palm tree go all-out Florida style.  What a magnificent tree!

07032010174Market Street meeting hall, once a center of the slave trade in South Carolina, a Masonic Temple social venue, and now home to the Daughter’s of the Confederacy. Check out their website if you dare.

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Just a random door in on a walled-in property.  Walled in properties are common in Asia, but very rare in North America.  I imagine inside there must be a very beautiful courtyard and garden.

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A Catholic church, which at the time was being prepared to have a large golden cross installed on the top of the church.  It was the cover story of the local paper the next day.  That’s right, top stories in Charleston tend to be … simple.

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A historic Presbyterian church, where the body of Charles Pickney, one of the signers of the original US Constitution, lies in peace.

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I’d love to own a building like this one.  I like to pick on Charleston and South Carolina, and while I can’t imagine living here for ever, if I did remain, the only place I’d want to be is Downtown.  It would be nice to be able to feel history everyday rather than the doldrums of suburbia.

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The French Quarter still has quite a few cobble-stone roads

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There is an emergency tower like this in Kawagoe which was the symbol of the city.  Of course it was more “Japanese” in architecture, but about the same height and tucked away like this one.  Maybe Kawagoe and Charleston should become sister cities?

Thanks for joining me on this walkabout.  ‘Til next time!

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