My sudden plan to Charleston city and its Spoleto Festival

Would you like to come for a trip to Charleston?”, this was the first thing Perry asked me when he called me on Saturday!

Perry, my graduate school friend, has been asking to visit his place since the time he has shifted over there! This time I couldn’t tell him no! Being exhausted with my daily work life, I felt like taking a break and replied “yes! I am in!

After driving for almost 2 hours, I reached Charleston, the history of which dates back more than a hundred years before the founding of America! I was telling Perry about exploring the interesting tidbits about the rich history of this long-lived city. And when I saw the horse-drawn carriage, I couldn’t resist myself. I was feeling like I was living the moment of the 19th century in this 21st Century! Precisely, it was a perfect blend of these two centuries. And that one hour is one of the unforgettable moments in my life.

We got to learn about the architecture, buildings, history, flora, and the people that make up the “Holy City”. “Whoa!”, this was the only word I was able to hear from my fellow group members in the carriage. I would strongly suggest you book a trip to Charleston on your vacations and try that once!  

And if you are a fitness freak, then you can go for different walk-tours. We took one of those tours with a licensed guide who entertained us with Charleston’s rich and colorful history.

But make sure that you have got 2 to 3 hours time in hand before going for a walk-tour. They will charge you around $20 for an adult and $10 for a child (7-10 years). And we got to see the following places of interest:

• Rainbow Row

• French Quarter

• Old Exchange Building

• St. Philip’s Church

• St. Michael’s Church

• Views of historic Fort Sumter

• White Point Gardens, the “Battery”

I was waiting for the moment when the guide will take us to the historic Fort Sumter. It has been my long wish to visit Fort Sumter once again. Last time when I visited Fort Sumter was back in my high school days!

Well, it has got immense importance in our history for being the first shots of the Civil War (1861-65)! And it was one of the specially planned forts classified as “Third System”.

The sea fort has witnessed two major battles, one on April 12, 1861, and another one on September 8, 1863. Thrilling, isn’t it? You won’t believe that I was literally getting goosebumps while exploring this place!

While returning through the East Battery Street, I really liked the antebellum homes located at the tip of the peninsula. The homes here are among the most beautiful ones in Charleston. I wish I could go back to this street!

Even on the hottest day, you will find a breeze over here and that’s a major part of the attraction of Charleston. Such a serenity it was that I can’t explain in my words!

I read in a magazine that Charleston has got 90 properties, which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places! It was a quite astonishing fact for me at that time. Now I can relate to how lovely this city is!

Perry once told me about the Historic Charleston City Market which dates back to the year 1790! Isn’t it appealing enough?

Though I am not a shopaholic, I really got surprised while exploring through the market! You will find hundreds of local vendors with a lot of variations in the products they are selling.

You can buy something to keep as a souvenir or gift something to your special ones!  

Well, let me tell you that I am a big-time cookie connoisseur! So, I picked up some gluten-free chocolate chips from King Street Cookies. And there I came across an advertisement about the Spoleto Festival 2019 in Charleston!

Immediately I called Perry and asked what it was actually. And he was like “you don’t know about the Spoleto Festival?” If you don’t know, update yourself, before you get mocked by your friend(s) like me!

Gian Carlo Menotti, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer founded this festival in 1977 as a counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. It is one of our country’s major performing arts festivals! And this year it has started from 24th May and will last till 9th June!

After hearing this, who would have missed an opportunity to attend this awesome festival?  

I opened the link provided in the pamphlet to get to know more about the shows. Spoleto has got a very well informed website where you can choose your shows based on genres like opera, theatre, dance, music, visual arts, etc. We booked our tickets online by choosing the respective date and time.

Perry and me, both have a special interest in theatre. So we decided to watch “The Comedy of Errors”, presented by Shakespeare’s Globe! The hall was entirely crowded and was overwhelmed with joy! But I must mention the efficiency of the staff of the Spoleto who was handling the crowd.

The day ended on a good note by having a sumptuous dinner at 5Church Charleston!

Charleston has got a nickname of “Holy City” because of numerous churches present in the vicinity. And some of these churches have been transformed into places of other uses like 5Church Charleston restaurant!

Perry is a big-time foodie and he didn’t miss the chance to grab the mouthwatering dishes! We had their special 5Chursh Lamb Burger, then Sea Scallops followed by Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl! Apart from the food, what impressed us, was the hospitality by our server Randy!

I really had a great time with Perry and promised to meet him soon! Next day morning when I was returning from Charleston, all the memories were flashing in front of my eyes. From the horse-carriage rides to the cool breeze in the East Battery Street to the awesome play of the Spoleto Festival, everything!

I can say one thing that Charleston won’t miss a chance to impress you to revisit the place soon!

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