Book Share-Diana Hollingsworth Gessler’s Very Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina is a city I would LOVE to visit. Although I don’t know about living in the South, I sure do love to visit it. I adored my trip to Asheville, North Carolina a couple of years ago and as a child I frequently visited Colonial Williamsburg, so between the mouth watering cuisine, fascinating history, and the famous southern hospitality, it’s a region I definitely want to explore more of.

If Charleston wasn’t such a long drive, believe me, I would have driven there by now. And if flying there wasn’t so overly pricey and a pain to do, I would have flown there by now. (It’s not that far to fly but there are no direct flights to there from Pittsburgh so what should be a short travel day turns into a longer one.)

I first came across writer and illustrator’s Diana Hollingsworth Gessler’s lovely books years ago. She’s written a couple others like Very Charleston including Very California and Very Washington D.C. The books are touted as being both an “entertaining guide and an irresistible keepsake.” The keepsake part is definitely true when you see the lovely watercolors on the pages.

The book is divided into chapters, each chapter is on a section of the city including outer areas (Mt. Pleasant and the islands and the Lowcountry). It includes historical backgrounds on famous buildings, details on the city’s unique architecture, and of course its world renowned cuisine (oyster bisque). My photos don’t do this lovely book justice at all so definitely try to get yourself a copy whether of Charleston or the other cities.

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    Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
    June 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you so much for this article, Ms Red Head!
    Diana Gessler

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    Opus T. Penguin
    June 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    My wife and I passed through Charleston and spent the night there on our way to Florida. Going back is on our bucket list.

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    the red headed traveler
    June 20, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Ms. Gessler-It was my pleasure and thanks so much for commenting! I adore your “Very” books. Best inspiration for traveling somewhere! I just got Washington D.C. and while I have visited the city countless times, your illustrations have such a way of making places seem new.

    Opus-You and me both where Charleston and bucket lists are concerned! I first wanted to visit after seeing the miniseries The North and the South since much of it was filmed there.

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