14.11.2011 - 14.11.2011 20 °C
Sorry guys - i didn't take one photo yesterday - after having a rather lazy morning I headed out for a lazy late lunch at Hymans Seafood - apparently a Charlestonian institution - the lunches were huge so opted for a series of appetizers instead washed down with a planter's punch. A much lighter drink after all those ales at the travern!!!
So I had my first Fried Green Tomoatoes and if you haven't ever had them - they're definitely worth trying - absolutely delicious. This was with a side of fried calamari and stuffed mushrooms.
Feeling a bit light headed, I headed over to the famous Charleston Market - these are very long narrow buildings that were originally slave markets and food markets in 18 & 19th century - I expected rows of tacky shops but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there were tacky shops but there were lots of normal shops selling good quality material. Now that I have my extra bag (thanks South West) I could do a bit of shopping............
Then headed into the main shopping part of the town - lots of sales on at the moment and had fun rummaging the last vestigious of late summer/autumn clothes. Charleston is a bit like Brisbane - it's filled with heavy cardigans and coats in a town where the temperature doesn't dip below 10 degrees very often.
After shopping decided I'd have an early night - so didn't go out to dinner but headed to the 24 hour supermarket - again a nice supermarket and full of fresh healthy looking food. Just wandered around viewing all the food - bought some light dinner and headed home for tv.
Now, I really should have called the trip the land of the pineapple - everywhere I go they are selling pineapple teatowels, christmas decorations, plates, soaps etc. Finally I asked a shop in Williamsburg - what's with all the pineapples? Apparently they're a symbol of hospitality in the South and since they were extremely expensive they were handed out by the landed gentry to visitors. It was George Washington himself who made this tradition popular. Well, now i'm in the land of pineapples - Charleston even has a pineapple fountain and that's where I'm headed tomorrow.....
OMG - I've got the tv on while i type and the Americans have moved on from the snuggie - and now have the Forever Lazy (bad name) - check them out at https://www.orderforeverlazy.com/ - I guarantee you'll be overwhelmed by the product!!!!