Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Charm of Charleston

Posted September 25, 2007
Updated October 12, 2011

How many of you have ever visited Charleston? What are your favorite memories of this historic harbor in the Carolina low country?

My parents honeymooned in Charleston and returned many times during their marriage. As I grow older I find myself getting pulled more and more by the magnet of this amazing seaside city of scented breezes, southern grace and grand dining. I just returned from a long weekend in Charleston and, with the help of Nathan Clendenin, put together a photo essay of my trip.

I hope this multimedia presentation  will jog your own memories of Charleston.

Tomorrow, I will tell you about a marvelous new dish in the low country cuisine. If you like shrimp and grits you'll want to hear about this!


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  • Josey Oct 5, 2007

    Most beautiful city in the world I would say. I couldn't take enough pictures. Saw Carly Simon walking in the Battery (shopping area outside). Let's hope the mega stars don't find out our NC secret place and take it over!

  • All child molesters should die Sep 29, 2007

    I loved that video of Charleston. So quaint and relaxing. Good food, too!

  • blindjustice07 Sep 28, 2007

    We go to Charleston several times a year. Its one of our favorite places. I often tell friends that the best way to describe it is in one word: "Comfortable". Thats the only way to explain it. You are surrounded by beauty, history and great food. Its good food, good people, good views and good fun. All with no theme parks needed! Absolutely wonderful!

  • katiefl327 Sep 25, 2007

    Thanks for the memories Bill....truly a special place. I love the architecture, and I can say that this city is where I feel I actually started to appreciate history and old homes. Poogan's Porch is the best!

  • VoiceOfReason Sep 25, 2007

    Next time, drive another 45 mins south to Beaufort. Much more intimate, great restaurants, great people. Lots of things to do, Penn Center, Santa Elena, Ft Frederick, Parris Island, and Frogmore International Airport!! Newfangled, designer Shrimp and Grits...Bah.... grew up on shrimp gravy. Sausage gravy step aside!!

  • Grits58 Sep 25, 2007

    I have never been to Charleston or Savanha... Have always wanted to go.... maybe I am just waiting for that special man that I havent met yet... Smiles; If you are out there - HURRY UP! lol

  • ayngel Sep 25, 2007

    We've been to Charleston several times and love it. The horse and buggy tours are great! You learn all kinds of neat stuff like how they paint the ceilings of their porches sky blue because that fakes out the bees and they won't build nests in the eaves. The last time we went was in April of this year and I had saved up my pennies (LOTS of pennies!) and bought a sweetgrass basket. I have wanted one since I first saw them some 10+ years ago. It is beautiful ... a true work of art. We had heard about Hyman's and tried to eat there but there is no handicapped access so we had to go elsewhere. It is truly a beautiful city and I enjoyed your slide show very much.

  • keberle3 Sep 25, 2007

    I met my husband in Charleston during an after work downtown party and married one year to the day later in the quaint chapel on Charleston AFB. Our 3 boys were born in Mt. Pleasant before our Air Force duties took us overseas for 8 years -- all the while we planned to return to Charleston once we retired from active duty. The people were so friendly and polite and the food --- well, there is no such thing as a bad meal in Charleston!! Hyman's Seafood, Poogan's Porch, even Sharky's Pizza on a Friday were our favorites. We never got back there to live -- but have visited and will continue to do so. The media presentation brought back many happy memories :-)

  • Jeremiah Sep 25, 2007

    mmmm, frogmore stew!!

  • blytle Sep 25, 2007

    My husband and I got engaged in Charleston, so it is truly a special place for us.




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