Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
I would like to report that I was able to enjoy some of Charleston’s fabulous restaurants during that trip, but most meals were catered as part of the wedding festivitiess — not that I am complaining, as the catered meals, especially a traditional pig pickin’, were wonderful. While no culinary expeditions of note to report, I did find opportunities between festivities to conduct my usual ambulatory explorations.
Anyone who loves Charleston knows that The Battery and surrounding area is prime walking territory with some of the most beautiful antebellum homes and gardens in the city. So I began my first stroll-about at The Battery, marvelling as always at its gardens, beautiful live oaks, and wonderful views over the Ashley River and Charleston Harbour. The monuments and cannons are also fun to examine, and bring to mind what it must have been like to have been there in April 1861 to see the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter.
After an hour and a bit enjoying The Battery, I moved on to aimlessly wander the nearby streets. It doesn’t really matter which street from the park you head north on — Church, Meeting, King — as all are a feast for the eyes should you enjoy antebellum architecture and gardens. Note to first-time visitors: some of the most intriguing gardens are found down this area’s hidden lanes and alleyways.