Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Southern Hospitality

Front door in Charleston

A corridor of moss draped oak trees @ Boone Hall plantation

Owen-Thomas House, Savannah 

Classic Southern Antebellum Homes, Charleston  
A home on one of Savannah's Squares

Middleton Place on the Ashley River, outside Charleston 
Mercer House on Monterey Square - 'Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil' 

Owen-Thomas House, Savannah 

Fabulous cast iron architraves around windows in Savannah

Homes opposite Forsyth Park, Savannah 
Cast iron dolphin down pipe 

Fountain @ Forsyth Park, Savannah

Fountain detail @ Forsyth Park, Savannah

Savannah and Charleston are two of my favourite cities in the US.  The history is rich, the architectural details are wonderful, plantations homes sit in magnificent park like grounds and the restaurants are  fabulous.  I'd go back in a heartbeat to both cities, there is so much to see and do. If you don't want to walk the city blocks you can take it all in on a horse drawn carriage ride, there are plantation tours, boat rides to Fort Sumter, the place where the American Civil War began for history buffs, great restaurants for foodies and the list goes on..... 

We added these as a side trip to Disney World in Florida and tacked on down time at Hilton Head, to just relax.  To be honest Aussie beaches in mind are the some of the best in the world but we've got nothing like Savannah and Charleston!

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