Saturday, August 15, 2009

An American Adventure: Boston, MA to Destin, FL via Charleston and Savannah

Our life continues on, and we can't not be on the road again, so this time it was a roadtrip to move our stuff back to Texas via a vacation in Florida. So we left Boston at the ungodly hour of 5:30 am in order to meet some friends for lunch in Philly, and make it to Columbia MD to stay with friends with time to spare.

The next day again we left at the same time in the early morning and drove pretty much continuously to Charleston, SC. We wanted to get as much driving out of the way so we would have some time for sight-seeing. So we arrived about 3pm and after checking into our (wonderful) hotel in the historic district went to have a look around. We took a carriage ride tour of the area and although it was not very informative we got to see an overview of the area in the short amount of time that we had. It was a colonial city, but their main pride has to do with the Confederacy and most of what's in the historic district was all built by slaves while plantation owners were making money off of rice, indigo, and later, cotton. Anyway, we "had" to return to the hotel, because they have a complementary wine and cheese hour and who wants to miss that? Speaking of the hotel, it was a historic inn and really nice, old fashioned style on the inside (yet totally modernized, with flat screen t.v. inside a cabinet, wifi etc); our room was two stories (!) Then we went to dinner to try some "Southern" food. It was all really good but super fatty (everything either fried, or with butter, or with heavy cream or all of those).
touring Charleston, SC
The next day, we went to what was the highlight for us, the Boone Hall Plantation. It's been a plantation since back in the day and it looks really picturesque. We had a tour in the house, around the grounds, in the slave cabins and there was a show about Gullah culture, which is the combination of West African and English language that on some of the islands outside the city people still speak to this day.

Boone Plantation, Mt. Pleasant
In the afternoon we had a short drive to Savannah. We set up to stay at someone's house through couch-surfing and it turned out really well, it was a young guy in the military and he had an empty guest room that we used. He also gave us a walking tour in the historic area of Savannah and it was super interesting. The town is really pretty with squares every couple blocks that are like mini-parks. We had a good time just exploring by foot that evening and the following morning. After lunch we were off to Destin, FL for some sand and sun.

Savannah, GA