Charleston is one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever visited. I would consider its historic district to be on the same level as those in Bruges, Belgium and Seville, Spain. Everywhere you walk, there is a gorgeous building in front of you just waiting to be admired and photographed. And even the buildings that are in desperate need of repair and renovation I still found beautiful because at one time I’m sure they were just as magnificent as the restored properties. To me those are always the ones that seem more authentic since they haven’t been “Hollywood done up.” Although the weather wasn’t the best the entire time I was there, that still didn’t detract from my visit.
The charm in visiting a place like Charleston is not necessarily in a specific attraction or two, but rather in its historic district as a whole. A city like Charleston just oozes history. In so many places, it’s hard to imagine them from times past because modernity has overtaken them, and yet here you can imagine what it was like in the 19th century and even what it was like in the early 20th century when many of its buildings were in disrepair, the city itself downtrodden, all of this long before a group of concerned individuals decided to make a cause of restoring their city’s historic properties. Being in Charleston, the past is truly alive right before you. Not to mention, it’s safe to say that almost all of your photos will feature one or more of the following: palmettos (little palm trees), pineapples, and automobiles that look incredibly out of place when in the same shot as 150 plus year old buildings.
While this was incredibly hard to do because honestly, I loved so many of the pictures I took, here are my 20 favorites. Which one do you like the most?