Monday, February 27, 2012

A Walk About Town

Sunday, February 19

Steve and Kathi's daughter and SIL came to visit.  Mark is in the Navy and stationed in Norfolk, VA.   They took a trip to downtown and we stayed around the iHome.   We rode bikes, did laundry, messed with the computers, and before we knew it, the day was gone.   Steve cooked steaks and we had a nice meal there.  I did contribute a salad, our baked potato and our steaks.  We aren't complete moochers!

Monday they headed for Fort Sumter.  As we were planning to go see that when our friends come, we drove with them into town and spent a couple of hours walking around town while they rode the ferry out and toured the fort.  A free trolly stops right outside the Fort Sumter National Park building.  We hopped on and rode to the visitor's center to get some maps, as we did not manage to bring any with us.  We took a nice walk to the City Market and walked through this again so see if we needed anything.  There were a lot more venders here on Sunday than during the week.
On the way there we passed a fire station.  Around the side of the building were two statues of firemen for the firemen lost while on duty.

We noticed that 9 firemen were killed in 2007.  I googled it and found they were killed in the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire, in which a flashover and structural collapse occured.  Super Sofa Fire 
This must have been a terrible loss for the Fire Department and Charleston.

It was the Noisy Oyster for lunch.  My brother had suggested it.  It is right at the far end of the City Market.

Those big "windows" are on garage door rails and while we were there they opened them all.  So basically, you are sitting "outside" inside with people on the sidewalks passing by.

Good beers.  Mine (right) is getting darker every time. 

crab cakes and fried green tomatoes!  This was an appetizer.
Al had some kind of a shrimp gumbo
This was our delicious dessert.  Coconut cake.  It was amazing.  Wish you all could taste it.
If the cake wasn't enough, we had to have a free sample of warm pralines.  OMG!  They are amazing.

Some of the houses

The Apple Store.
 We just looked at it from afar!  Knew we could get in trouble if we went in.
Al getting some artistic shots.

 Charleston has a very nice trolly system that gets tourists around the historic parts of Charleston.   We rode it a couple of times.

Then it was time to get back to the harbor to wait for Steve's family to get off the ferry and head home.

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