We woke up to a cloudy overcast day and the weather forecast called for rain. However we were undeterred so we got in the car and drove the few miles to downtown Charleston. At the visitor center we signed up for a tour. It was a riding tour so it was hard to take pictures from the bus. We stopped where we could see Ft Sumter, but as you can see from the pics visibility was not good.
After the tour we went to City Market and spent several hours walking around. The tour also showcased all the beautiful homes in Charleston. The area is called the low country since most of it is barely above sea level. Magnificent mansions and a vibrant tourist area makes Charleston a great place to visit. Now it was time to eat. We went to the Francis Marion hotel to eat at the Swamp Fox restaurant. Beverly and Clara had the Broken Ankle (pink drink) and Marsha and I had the Swamp Fox. I forgot to take pictures of our food since we were all hungry.
Marsha and I put Bev and Clara on a trolley and we set off on foot looking for an ATM. On the way we stumbled upon this beautiful garden. The flower was on a vine that was growing on the fence in front of the garden. Stunning!!!
Then it was time to tour the Joseph Manigault House. It is a nicely restored home with many authentic period pieces. Then it was time to return to the hotel. Tomorrow we go to Wilmington NC.