In Charleston we visited The Old Slave Mart Museum, which is something I wanted to do on the way down but didn't have time. We managed to use the free shuttle at the marina (even though we weren't staying there, well, our dinghy was, does that count?). It is in the building that was formerly used to sell slaves (before and even after the civil war?), and I believe the only one still preserved. I really enjoyed learning more about the history of slavery in the south, though of course some of it is difficult to swallow. My favourite part was being able to listen to several former slaves accounts of their experiences, and actually hear their voice.
We walked around the straw market for a while (and got some Ben & Jerry's!), before heading over to our friends Alex and Liz's, who were very hospitable to us on the way down. They gave us a break from boat life and let us take a real shower and do our laundry. Their laundry machine is like something I've never seen before. It's a little disconcerting when a laundry machine is smarter than me. It "diagnosed" my load of laundry to know what setting to put it at, I didn't have to do anything. I need this in my life.
|This will definitely be framed|
|hmmm Looks too risky|
|Believe it or not this was not my idea|
|The famous pineapple fountain|
They let us borrow their car and we picked up Pierre-Luc and Isabelle and went all around Charleston running errands and re-provisioning. It was Pierre-Luc's first Trader Joe's experience, and I believe it was love at first sight. I reaffirmed my love affaire with T. Joe's-they had a wheel of Brie for $2-and it wasn't bad! I mean, does life get any better than this?!
We all went over to Alex and Liz's place and introduce Pierre-Luc and Isabelle to the wonderful world of Judaism. They experienced their first Shabbat dinner,and I think they liked it, probably also helped that there was delicious food and plenty of wine!
|A pirate in the making|
Unfortunately this was all the time we had in Charleston, I was hoping to get to visit a plantation, but our days our numbered (don't worry, no ones dying, we just have a time limit!). If you make it to Charleston, the Middleton plantation is supposed to be the best historical plantation. On the road again!
|The Charleston bridge|
|A sea monster!|