I know it is a lot of time I haven’t post anything, but I was very busy with work and life.
In these weeks I’m reading a book that made me think about my past travels and I decided I wanted to post this one that has been sitting on my desktop for about 8 months now.
One of the things I love the most is spending Xmas with my host family. For some reasons I didn’t wanna to go last year, even tho it was in my plans, but I’m glad Fran convinced me to.
Since I didn’t want to spend the whole time in Wilkes Barre and it was her travel month, we planned a road trip to Charleston and Savannah, but with the promise of being home for Xmas.
The previous day we went at Enterprise and got our car. So early in the morning, we packed CDs bags, papers, activated the cruise control and started driving.
It was a 12 hours drive without considering the stops.
We arrived in Charleston very tired and I was also pretty sick that I just ended up in bed. Fran went socializing with our Hosts.
I wanna start with the parking. We met an amazing lady that helped us. We needed to leave the car parked all day long and didn’t want to pay for the parking, so she told us where we could park for free.
I’m quite sure it was on Ashley ave after crossing Spring st in the direction of getting out of Charleston. It is not super close to downtown, but Fran and I wanted to live and explore the city and its life, so we were walking.
It is a commercial street with lots of shop and local stores. I really loved it, because it reminded me of italy, just with a very American Vintage vibe.
COLONIAL LAKE PARK
The most disappointing lake ever. Save yourself some time and go somewhere else
BATTERY PARK – East Battery & Murray Blvd.
RAINBOW ROAD – 83 – 107 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29415
WATERFRONT PARK – 1 Vendue Range, Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2129
We spent quite a bit of time here and took a lot of pictures. Everything was just incredibly pretty, colorful and photogenic.
It was also like going back in season. Even if it was december it was like fall all over again.
OLD SLAVE MART MUSEUM – 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
It was a very small musuem, but very informative. We learnt a lot about slavery and segregation and really enjoyed our time there. It was worth the price (Around $7)
HISTORIC CHARLESTON CITY MARKET – 188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-3155
I Love markets in general and this was so characteristics. Many people were handmaking their products in front of us and so many local artisans’ things were sold.
We walked back without rush, while getting lost in the city to take the car to drive to:
FORT MOULTRIE – 1214 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482-9748
by crossing ARTHUR REVENEL JR BRIDGE (we took pics of it from downtown)
We just had time to get to the fort and walk a little bit around it before it started to rain pretty heavily.
To be fair it is the things I enjoyed less about Charleston and knowing what was gonna to happen I wish we never went there. But I wanna write about it because it became a good memory and otherwise our trip would have been different.
On our way back we stopped at publix to buy something for dinner, and also we were waiting hoping for the rain to stop pouring.
It didn’t completly stop and it was my turn to drive. We got in the car and since it was also very dark we could barely see the road we said: Let’s just follow the guy in front of us.
I wish we never did that because I’m not sure if this guy was on the phone or drunk, but he drove straight into the traffic islad. His car flew in the air and then dissapeared in the dark of the night.
Everything happened so fast, that even if I was not speeding, because I started slowing down when I saw what was happening to him, when we realized there was a traffic island, it was already too late and I crashed in it. Maybe since I didn’t have enough speed like him, we just run aground.
We couldn’t move the car and we were afraid somebody was gonna crush into us. Luckily two very nice guys helped us a lot. They called the cops and kept us company while we were still in shock and wanted to cry between one call to the rental company and one to Fran’s boyfriend.
We thought it was just a flat tire, but once the police arrived, we found out that the entire car was basically destroyed. Not only there was a flat tire, but it was also leaking oil and some parts of the boottom of the car were broken. He took our statements and then a tow truck took our car away forever.
Luckily Enterprise is a pretty good rental company and gave us a brand new car. We just had to pay the tow truck service.
Clearly the issue was reaching the airport to get it. We decided to call our host and he was super nice that actually came to help us. I’m so glad he did because we had a great talk in the car and bonded. The next day we all shoot a video that I wanna post down here.
After all that we drove back downtown to see the Xmas lights and the Xmas trees turned on at night.
MAGNOLIA PLANTATION & GARDENS (22$) – 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7109
ANGEL OAK TREE (it is around 400-500 years old) – 3688 Angel Oak Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455-3300
TYBEE ISLAND LIGHT STATION – 30 Meddin Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328-9733
We didn’t see many things because we drove a lot to reach Savannah before night, but for sure we loved everything we saw and that was our first plantation and oaks day, that we really recommend.
COLONIAL PARK CEMETERY – 201 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
We didn’t go to the museum but we visited only where the classes are held. The choice was dictated by the fact that it was free and we didn’t want to spend a lot of time closed in a building, but just have a test of art. We really enjoyed it and was a good decision.
It is considered one of the most beautiful streets in America, and I can see why. Beautiful houses, lots of green, the colors, the pavement. Such a relaxing place to be.
FORSYTH PARK – Drayton St and E Park Ave, Savannah, GA 31401
BULL STREET between HULL STREET and PERRY STREET
This is where Forest Gump was recorded. The film is so famous and important that you have to stop by even if you didn’t see the movie
Savannah is a beautiful little city. I loved so much its vintage vibe, the landscapes, that there is the right amount of green, the weather, the mansions, the parks, the squares. I can keep going on and on. It is just a place you gotta live. Fran and I walked around without a proper destination for many hours, just to get lost and discover another beautiful hidden part of the city.
WORMSLOE HISTORIC SITE (tour, is 10$) – 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406-6449
We arrived for the sunest and, honestly a little bit later than we were hoping. However it was really worth the price and the ride. There is a wonderful oak avenue that leads you to the ranger site that explains you it was a plantation in the XVIII century, how it was structured and its important role in history. Then you can walk through a path to look at what’s left or how the camp was once built.
On day 4, after we left the plantation we drove all the way up to Charlotte to spend the night. In the morning we started driving from there back to Wilkes Barre, and in another 10+ hours we got back home right on time to start celebrating Christmas with our family.
WHERE TO EAT
HOMINY GRILL – 207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Since we were in the south where the food is amazing we decided to go out for a brunch.
We loved this place. The food was delicious, the people super nice and the prices pretty good. I never liked gritts, but my host dad always told me it was because I never had a good one. Could have been a better place to have it? Apparently not. Here I had the best gritts of my life.
NATURAL SELECTION CAFE’ – 1526 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
Since i love trying vegan food when I travel we stopped in this place and and I got a burger and some beans.
The burger was really good, but the beans way to spicy for me and I couldn’t eat them.
Anyway I defintely recommend trying this place if you are around.
WHERE TO SLEEP
AIRBNB CARLOS CHARLESTON – We loved being hosted by carlos. He is a super nice guy and so is his girlfriend. He helpd us during the car accident, but also was very nice to hang out with. After he hosted us he said he was moving and was not able to host for a while, but check out his profile in case he is hosting again.
AIRBNB CHARLOTTE – We just spent one night there, but the house was very clean and In a very nice neighborhood. We did not meet the hosts, but they kept very much in touch with us and we appreciated it.
AIRBNB SAVANNAH – It was very bad and I don’t recommend it to anyone. It was not clean at all, sort of smelly and very messy.