- Take a Walking Tour This is one way to learn about the history of Charleston. You can take the tour on foot with a guide who will show you along the streets of the city. There are also carriage tours as well.
- Stick your feet in one of the fountains. On a hot and humid day in Charleston, you'll want to cool off in one of the fountains near the shore. I dipped my feet into this pineapple one, and it felt extremely refreshing
- Go walking at night While you can see a ton of cool things during the day, the city gives a different experience when the sun goes down.
- Stop at the Market The market holds so many local vendors and it's really fun to see how creative people can be!
- Visit the Hunley An old submarine was found right off the coast of Charleston, and you can visit it and take a tour to see it
- See Rainbow Row It's kind of a landmark, and you have to do it!
- Grab some ice. There are shaved ice carts all around the city, I believe they're all students raising money for college (which is actually located in Charleston itself!)
- Visit Plantations There is an entire street loaded with plantations that guests can tour. Though I didn't go on this trip, they look amazing and I would love to the next time I'm around!
- Eat at Jestine's and Hyman's. I can't mention one and not say the other, as they're both my favorite spots to eat in the city!
- Visit the Churches. It's not called the 'Holy City' for nothing! Charleston is decorated with amazing architecture and the churches are so pretty.
So cheers mate.
I love traveling, having just been in Charleston in June you've probably gotten sick of all of the travel posts by now. There was so much to do down south that I have a lot to share.
Remember when I said we were stuck in Charleston? Down south, they have a law that says nobody can work on Sunday, therefore our truck wasn't going to be done until Monday which left us a full day in downtown Charleston.
Walking around downtown, historic Savannah Georgia can really work up an appetite! We wandered around the parks, looked at historic homes and gravestones, and our growing appetites lead us to a charming restaurant called SoHo South Cafe. No, we weren't actually in New York City.
Road Trips call for two things: Great people and good music. While I took my roadtrip earlier this summer, I came up with a list of songs that I listen to when I drive from home to university that I love!
I love recreating dishes that I've had on vacations. One of my favorite dishes, and one of my family's favorite dishes while we were in South Carolina was Shrimp and Grits. Grits are a popular item down south and if you've never tried them, I would highly recommend that you hurry down to the southern states and try some.
So, what are Grits? Grits are corn that is coarsely grounded and boiled. They're delicious.
One night, we decided to recreate our favorite meal. With some hush puppies from Louisiana, cheesy-garlic grits from South Carolina and some shrimp, we started cooking.
When we first arrived in Charleston, and went down to our hotels breakfast, a woman told us about all the different ways they eat their grits.
Grits with Cheese
Shrimp and Grits
The list was really long, and I'm sure there are a million ways you can make them!
We made our shrimp and grits spicy, which isn't for everyone but there are a ton of other ways you can eat it! It didn't take long for the grits to be done boiling, and the sauce to be made, so this dish is pretty simple and easy!
Here's what we did:
We had bought garlic cheese grits at a country store in South Carolina, and the package said to just boil the grits and cheese for about 15 minutes.
Making the sauce:
What you'll need:
1 large pan
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
Add all ingredients into pan and cook for 10-15 minutes. Add in the shrimp, mixing until covered by sauce.
For some reason, I've been having a hard time writing this post. Not because turning 22 is scary, or that I'm avoiding it. Just because, I really don't know how to write this post.
I could write a list of things I've learned in the past year. I could write an entire post to summarize going from 21 to 22. It's honestly not that different.
I can still legally drink.
I can still legally drive in the United States.
So, what is new?
I'd like to think that this year, I was more grateful.
I felt lucky. A lot.
To be able to take a driving trip with my family down south.
To be able to do something (announcement coming soon) that I have been dreaming of for a really long time.
To go skydiving to end the 21st year.
To be able to feel the sunshine on my face on the beach.
To be able to come home.
It might be because I've seen a lot of people pass away too young in the past year, and that all makes me think that you literally do not know when life is going to end. You just don't. So why not enjoy it while you've got it.
I hope the 22nd year, is just as great.
I hope that I will have time to read more books ( I literally read 3 this past year).
I hope I discover something new
I hope I enjoy all of it, even if some bits are bad.
I hope that with each post on this space, that I get better at writing.
The hardest part about turning a year older, is that when you realize you really don't need anything and each year it must be harder to come up with a birthday list. Other than peanut butter cake, or red velvet cake. Life really is great.
What is your favorite birthday cake? What are some goals you have for yourself?
Walking along the narrow streets of Charleston, South Carolina it's easy to see how different and unique every house is. Aside from street numbers, almost every house has a different door color. For some reason, I said "I really like doors" and the entire time we were in Charleston everyone pointed out different doors for me. They were really beautiful, and I have enough pictures of doors to build a village...almost.
|17 Tradd Street|
I hope you enjoyed this post! Time goes by so quickly, and being away from the internet world and leaving my phone tucked away helped me take in, and enjoy every second. Make sure you've checked out my instagram for more fun photos from the trip, and follow me on facebook and bloglovin!