A Photographic Stroll through Charleston, SC

charleston harbor


An entire issue of this little magazine could be dedicated to Charleston, South Carolina.

One of our favorite cities to date, among big shots like Seattle, San Francisco and Austin, the city is simply overflowing with history, culture and class. Bars and coffee shops abound. Tourists fill in the spaces between locals rushing around in suits making the work day go ’round and the lesser fortunate–depending on who you ask–panhandling, busking and otherwise looking for a buck.

We’ll keep the words short and the photos as large as we can this time around. Welcome to Charleston, enjoy.

a sticker on a volkswagen bus reads The Fast Lane is Overrated
A sticker on the back of an old Volkswagen Bus speaks great truth. Though Charleston is generally populated by lots of hip, chic youths, its hippy population is evident upon closer observation.
a church behind the silhouette of tree branches
Known as the Holy City, hundreds of churches from a vast variety of denominations boast their architecture; and the big dollars gone towards creating their magnificence instead of helping mankind. Carolina was one of only a few of the original colonies which tolerated all Protestant religions. Catholics, on the other hand, would arrive to find the same type of persecution Martin Luther spawned.
a traveling trunk like might be used in the days of trains
This tribute to days of long train rides traveling the country was found in a window of an upscale boutique on Charleston’s King Street.
an alley full of people and restaurants, ivy lined, in Charleston, SC
Tucked away from the more bustling main streets, little alleys like this, ivy lined and packed with small cafes, wax reminiscent of European streets.
a palm tree lit with christmas lights
Charleston has no shortage of city parks, most of which have some type of interesting, if not unique, feature. Case in point, palm trees light up the night in Marion Square.

two photos, one of a red door against a worn wall, the second a trolley

charleston customs house

a house numbered 22
Worn siding and paint is a delightfully common part of the ambience in the city.
the inside of a bar lined with various types of currency from around the world
Our favorite bar, the Griffon on Vendue Range Street, offers all the beers we like in a setting that mixes foreign currency wallpaper with dive-bar-meets-upper-middle-class.
19th century architecture
Mansions hang on to decades of decadence gone long by…
a square cut in a bush, a house through the hole made
…while nature is allowed to take its course, even if a hole or two might need cut through for viewing.

a boy plays with toy boats in a museum

a sign reads carriages board here
Like every town on this Southern Atlantic roadtrip, Charleston is happy to offer carriage rides through its historic streets.
The city is, in general, simply a gorgeous place. From an abiding respect for local stores to high end boutiques selling items only the super rich would ever think of purchasing, from grand old architecture to well groomed parks, you can just choose a direction and start walking, certain that your every footstep will lead to a new good look.
boats docked in charleston harbor
The Ashley and Cooper rivers meet to form Charleston Harbor, which aside from being a modern day boaters paradise, was the site of the first successful submarine attack when the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate vessel, destroyed the much larger USS Housatonic, only to sink shortly after.
a chandelier made of antlers hangs in a church
Located in the Old Seamen’s Chapel, the Mad River Bar & Grille was more fraternity than fraternal, but a welcomed break from some of the more packed establishments in town. They’ve also got a great outdoor area.

a diner

two photos, one of the entrance to a graveyard, another of stones within it

gravestones try to free themselves from overgrown bushes surrounding
Grave stones in the Unitarian Church on Archdale Street.
some grass grows in the cracks of a wall
Just as the afore mentioned cemetery is acknowledgement of life growing in death, this tuft of grass growing from a crack in a wall a few blocks over shows how nature desires continuance despite the obstacles of man.
a fountain at a hotel
Charleston’s Historic District is full of elegant hotels offering extravagance and liesure as a place to retire after walking the miles and miles of available explorable city.
red brick stairs welcome you to a hotel in the historic district of charleston
The brick stairs of the Meeting Street Inn.

sunrise over a pier at charleston

a pineapple shaped fountain
This pineapple shaped fountain in the Waterfront Park is fair game for those who’d like to cool off under its dripping audacity.
the powder magazine
The oldest surviving public building in the Carolinas, the Powder Magazine played a key role in the Revolutionary War efforts of the area. Built to house explosives, it was designed in a way that if their was an accidental explosion, the force of the blast would shoot up, through the roof, sparing neighboring buildings and passers-by.

an old sign reads vegetables

the cornerstones of a building

a wall of pure ivy, a white window pokes through
Ivy long claimed this building as home, though a single window was allowed to persist.
a patched up brick wall, a blue door
Patchwork walls and a striking blue door, evidence of the laid back classy charm the city cannot help but ooze.

two photos, each of the beer discussed on the page

a young boy runs from the barred windows of an old jail

the roof of an old ceiling

an orange wall with a black iron gate
More architecture around Charleston.
windows on a brick wall
…and more.
a massive live oak tree
This is the Angel Oak, believed to be the oldest tree east of the Mississippi. At some 400 or so years old, this Southern live oak cloaks visitors en masse everyday beneath its 17,000 square feet of shade.