October 17, 2007

Day Three - Charleston, South Carolina

I lived in Charleston, South Carolina for about five years. I was there when Hurricane Hugo ravaged the city. I was one of the ones who stayed during the storm. The aftermath was like a war zone. No water, no electricity, no gas, food, etc. for over two weeks.

I wondered if the city would still show the signs of the hurricane. When I left there were trees still broken in half, the Spanish Moss had been blown from the Live Oaks and there was still debris in the surrounding areas.

The city never looked more beautiful.

One of the mansions along the battery.

Bumble bees on wisteria like flowers.

The most amazing iron work on the planet is in Charleston.

A typical enty door of a Southern home.

Secret gardens abound in Charleston. I took this shot peaking through an iron gate.

Oyster shells in the center of the drive. The one below features a low growing ground cover.

What a great door!

Beware of the dog - in German? However, I thought "warning" was Achtung?

A gallery entrance.

One of the many cathedrals in Charleston also known as the Holy City due to the number of church steeples visible from the harbor. An ordinance was established long ago that no building could be built tall enough to conceal the steeples.

If you have never been to Charleston - GO. You must, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Southern food, charm, generosity, and hospitality is unsurpassed in this city. If you love gardening you will love Charleston. The climate allows for gardening twelve months out of the year. Heaven.


Pethra said...

Achtung is more of a mixture between "warning" and "ATTENTION", I think. But I only speak Swedish, so I am not sure! :-) Thanks for adding me to your links. I like your blog and will add yours to my blogroll as welll! :-)

"not your usual garden shoppe" said...

Thanks for the clarification. I love your blog and will visit it often.

Miriam said...

Hi Julie!

You can actually translate it exactly
as it is: Warning of the dog!

Certainly you can also say Achtung! but that would rather be translated with the word 'attention'.

"not your usual garden shoppe" said...

Hi Miriam!

So good to hear from you and thank you for the translation. I loved the sign, it was in a garden wall. Stop by the shoppe soon - I would love to see you!