14 September 2011
13.09.2011 85 °F
Walking, walking and more walking is all we did in Charleston today. Before our tour we spent the morning on king street again for some more shops and a few cupcakes. I have to say the ones from the shop in San Antonio were better.
We met for lunch at Bubba Gumps prior to departing forour walking tour. Tricia was our native Charlestonian guide who told stories of playing in the area when she was a child for two hours.
Up and down Church and East Bay street she pointed out houses and other interesting points. One house had pineapples as part of the decoration on their gate. She explained that a previous home owner brought fruit from South America which was another show of wealth. He would set the fruit out front of his house for people to take. The pineapple would last the longest and so became the universal sign for hospitality.
This house is actually wooden. The couple that moved in could not agree on stone vs. wood. THe wife had grown up in a wooden house so told her husband she would live in nothing less. Bricks and a house close to the water was a demonstration of wealth so he disagreed. The story goes that she may have given him a heart attack with oleander tea. A couple of weeks after his death the house was covered on the outside with wood.
Many of the stairs up to the houses or gateways are covered with the type of ivy that does not damage the wall.
Our final walk was along the battery before stopping at the Palmer home for wine and cheese.
Supposedly the owner was offered $8 million for the house and everything in it by Oprah. The guide stated he laughed at her and said the rug they were standing on was $1 million itself. In other words no possible way!
Exhausted we took naps before getting dolled up for dinner at Magnolias. It is the last night of restaurant week that has a set menu for $30. One choice of appetizer, main course and dessert. Curt and I had butternut squash bisque and salmon. Dessert was either a chocolate pie or lemon cheesecake.