Friday, January 21, 2011

A Weekend Away

My sister, Chrysti, had her big 30th birthday this month and to celebrate, my mom treated us to a trip to complaints here! Charleston is one of my favorite cities! I love it! I have been to the ocean side of Charleston many times....and we would go into the city for dinner, but I had never stayed in the city and toured it.

I fell even more in love with it on this trip. The history is so rich. The homes are to die for and have so much character! I could walk around forever....and we did! I have not walked that much in a LONG time! Needless to say...I was EXHAUSTED!
First stop of the trip was to celebrate...of an adorable cupcake shop!

Both of the Birthday girls and their cupcakes. Chrysti and Kaitlin's birthdays are 2 days apart.
So happy!
Let the walking begin. This is a shot of King Street, a huge shopping street. It had every store imaginable and some great restaurants. All the store fronts though were these historic buildings which were just beautiful. One of my favorite places that we visited was the open air market. Half of the market is being remodeled but it was still huge.
My mom had read about this restaurant in Southern Living so this was our pick for dinner the first night. YUMMY! Southern cuisine at its finest. Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac n' Cheese, Fried Okra, Fried Chicken.....oh so good!

We got going on Sunday and decided to go to the southern tip of Charleston. We started with a trolley ride.

First stop was Mass. This is the Cathedral.
The stained glass windows were just beautiful! The Mass was way more traditional than any Mass I can ever remember going to. Most of the responses were in Latin, as it was many years ago, and the choir that sung was unbelievable! Gave me chills! And the Homily was amazing with the theme of "Behold The Lamb of God".
After Mass we started to walk around to find lunch. We had planned to go to a little place called Brent's on Broad, but it was closed for the holiday. So we walked around for a little while. Charleston has beautiful walkways all along the water so we had a great view while finding lunch.

We chose this restaurant for lunch. Sadly, there were not too many places that were kid friendly. But Southend Brewery ended up being great. Kaitlin and I split a Margarita Pizza and Mom and Chrysti split a huge was all really good!

Here is the Famous Rainbow Row!

After lunch we headed to Battery Park and then took the trolley back to the hotel. We settled for a restaurant down the street for dinner Sunday night because we were all exhausted.
It is so nice to be able to get away sometimes and spend quality time with family. But, I was ready to get home. I missed my babies so much! I am so grateful for my Hubby. He is so wonderful for making it possible for me t go on this trip. He is just the best Daddy!


From Marriage To Motherhood said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing time away - how nice! I just love the old world charm of Charleston too...a close second to Savannah : ) You captured some GREAT pictures - and taking in mass in a different city....wonderful! Hope you have those feet up today....sounds like you did A LOT of walking : )

P.S. - I've been to that same cupcake spot! Ah, soooo good!!

John said...

Wow! That was really a wonderful day but tiring, and also the cupcake looks so yummy... =) Pictures are beautiful and your blog is interesting.

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