Colorful, Charming Charleston

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I’ll just go right ahead and admit something up front. You know how on Instagram or in the blogosphere, certain destinations will start popping up again and again (cough Iceland cough), clearly having become the “cool” places to visit? Well, for the last year or so, it seems like Charleston has been just one such of those places and, I must confess: I totally fell for the hype. After seeing approximately 873 Instagram shots of bright, vibrant Charleston buildings, I was sold, promptly booking a trip so I could see for myself what all the fuss was about.

It immediately became clear that Charleston was, in fact, largely as advertised on the ‘gram. That is to say, the city is really, really gorgeous, with buildings that are colorful and southern and eminently photographable. My favorite thing to do in town was just to walk and walk and walk. There was always something to see.

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Two things Charleston has an abundance of: cemeteries and leafy alleyways. They’re tucked into just about every corner here, and both have a certain haunting, gothic beauty.

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While there were plenty of cute shops in town, the one that really caught my eye was Candlefish. There were so many amazing scents to choose from, and every item – from the candles to other home goods – came in the most incredible, artistic packaging. As someone who loves good graphic design, this place was nirvana.

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Near the waterfront, I found one of the iconic sites of the city – the pineapple fountain! I’m not sure why a city would need a pineapple-shaped fountain, but it sure is cute.

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When the heat got to be a bit much for me, I ducked inside the Gibbes Museum of Art for some air-conditioned bliss. The collection is small but worthwhile and makes for a nice break from the muggy outdoors!

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If it weren’t for the fact that I’m a huge wimp when it comes to hot weather, Charleston is exactly the type of place I could see myself spending quite a lot of time in: gorgeous buildings, colors everywhere, and theeeee best food (more on that tomorrow). It’s charming to the max, and I am here for that.

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