When Oscar and I were planning out our honeymoon, we were all over the map. We had a lot of big ideas, but limited funds. We also wanted to do something a bit different than the beach vacation at a resort (it’s worth noting though that once all was said and done, we realized what a smart idea that would have been, we were exhausted!).
A road trip!!
We were getting married in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Asheville, NC so we would be using that as the starting point. I’ve always been enamored with Savannah, GA and through my research was introduced to the town of Charleston, SC.
The plan was to drive to Charleston, stay there for a couple days exploring the low country, then head to Savannah for a few days before heading home.
We both fell in love. There are so many reasons why we love it there, but one of my favorite things is the architecture. We spent a lot of time just walking around taking in the houses and gardens.
This particular shot drew me in for multiple reasons. I love the visual of the decay on the wall, the cracks in the concrete revealing the brick underneath, as well as what looks like patchwork concrete work done at various points in time. I love the old-fashioned window with the exterior wood shutters, complimented by the interior wood shades. I’ve never had legit wood shutters, just the decorative panels placed next to windows on the exterior of our home.
The most intriguing part of this shot is the mini door near the sidewalk. Knowing nothing, my imagination has created a story that there are steps leading to a basement door, which was used regularly when originally built. These days however it isn’t, due to safety or security, so the stairs are covered up by the metal sheet and the wood “doors” are there to block the space that had been the top of the entry way.
If you have knowledge of what this could be, or was used as, I would love to hear.
We’re looking forward to returning to Charleston one of these days, especially as we’re now only about 5 hours away. I can’t wait to walk those uneven streets, marveling at the homes and dreaming about their history, while breathing the warm, salty sea air.
As for the remainder of our honeymoon, well that’s a story for another time. What I will say is that after one night spent in Savannah, we knew we wanted to spend the remainder of our trip in one of our favorite cities, Asheville, so off we went!
Have you been to Charleston, SC? If so, what was your favorite place/restaurant/etc?