Charleston || A welcoming city

Which one do you prefer?… is the inevitable question every time the trip to Savannah and Charleston comes up.

Well, none…, I mean BOTH!… is my answer because, honestly, these two shouldn’t be compared; I’d rather see them as an old couple, harmoniously complementing each other.

Indeed, if Savannah were a lady of a certain age and of the Victorian era, Charleston would have been an American Gentleman nearing retirement, extremely wealthy, aristocratic, with impeccable taste, elegantly sipping his spiked sweet tea from a crystal glass on his mansion’s porch – a mellow man.

There is a masculine quality about Charleston, I think you will agree, evident as we will walk past some of the city’s glorious mansions, visit a couple of impeccably preserved historic homes and learn about Charleston’s earliest colonial history as we walk through the first permanent English settlement in Carolina.

But, for now, our first impressions: an early afternoon walk on an unexpectedly cool day, through the Historic City Market to the Waterfront and its famous pineapple fountain. Surprised at first, it didn’t take long to learn that, through time, the pineapple became a symbol of friendship and hospitality, a sign often repeated throughout the city as a token of welcome.

Charleston, SC

April 9th, 2018

Crossing the river to Hoboken

Believe it or not, there is a whole other world out there, beyond Manhattan and the City. Like Hoboken, for example. This town on the Hudson Waterfront, which an outsider might mistake for an extension of New York, is actually sitting in New Jersey. Easily accessible by car, train or ferry, it is a great alternative for walks alongside the river.

Starting with Hoboken Terminal, the main transportation hub and a magnificent example of Beaux Arts architecture. Just look at the exterior with a steampunk industrial feel and this incredible waiting room, bathed in natural light coming from its Tiffany stained glass skylight!

But the main attraction is, of course, a walk on the waterfront offering some of the best, unobstructed views of West Manhattan, all the way down to its lower tip.

Not forgetting the famous lobster tails, freshly baked directly at the source: Carlo’s Bakery.

For our first visit to Hoboken, we took the PATH from 33rd Street (smooth transit, no delays, no crowds – but it was Saturday…). Next time, which will hopefully be soon, we’ll try the ferry, which is always much more fun than travelling through a dark tunnel, underwater.

May 27th, 2017