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John Boone Plantation, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

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Guess it's time to update the blog again. Let's see, I left off in Orlando. From there I moved on up (to the tune of the Jefferson's) to Charleston South Carolina. Cool, cool, cool place. If I ever choose to move to the states this will be the place. I especially lucked out with the hotel I chose to stay at, The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Granted it is over my 100.00 dollar limit but still not too bad considering. It sits on the harbor across from downtown Charleston. It contains everything I love.....water, marinas, palm trees, walking piers, pool, sandy beach, dolphins, plantations (far more dramatic than those in New Orleans), architecture galore, river walks, park squares...everything....Ok not everything, I didn't get to go horseback riding.(lol)...
Today, St. Paddy's Day I toured the John Boone Plantation. My reaction surprised me. I cried. Hearing the history of the black slaves weighed heavily on my soul. Really, I don't know why but I wanted to sob....It was so, so sad. I thought "Gee, maybe I was a black slave in a past life...or worse the daughter of a master...
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There were 9 brick houses (rooms) where the slaves lived. In each house there was a screen that showed a mini documentary on the history of south carolina, focusing on black history. It was very well done....but oh so sad.
At the last brick house was a theater where a woman performed. She was unbelievable ..telling stories intermingled with amazing singing...soulfully sad...for some reason I felt ashamed for having white ancestory...yet I'm a Canadian...we didn't have slaves did we?
After touring the fields, master's mansion, slave quarters and history walk I drove to downtown Charleston, East Bay and Battery. The houses in this area made those in Galvaston Texas look like little shacks (well not quite.) Incredible....and then to hear about hurricane hugo and see the damage done...awe full....
Charleston is a beautiful city as well as all the 'suburbs - mount pleasant' or other cities next door.
The weather is in the mid 70's warm but breezy...I have decided to stay one last day to bathe in the sunshine.
Savannah was a great place too!!! Spent most of my time on the river walk, toured the city via horse and buggy. Jammed one night with a couple of guys I met in the square. Met a few street performers I had just seen in New Orleans. I guess St. Paddy's Day is a huge celebration in Savannah so many of the street performers from mardi gras move north.

For me, this is as good as it gets...

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Posted by ManicGypsy 09:04

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Like your style ... go all out and then kick back.

Liked your Florida bit...

and your Charleston wanderings.

I shed some of my slavery guilt...
only about 1 in 1000 in 1850 had a slave.
and 300,000 White Union soldiers lost their lives in the Civil War to free the slaves.

But keep on havin fun...
And writing...

by Rhmyers

Joni! Glad to see you got to Charleston ok! And more importantly, I KNEW you'd love it! It is a great great town! It was great meeting you in Savannah, I will keep up with your travels my friend. Be safe......Michelle and Mark

PS..our motorcycle trip back to FLA was awesome!

by Michelle

Michelle, so nice of you to comment. Yes, I enjoyed our brief meeting and wish I had run into you two sooner....you seemed like "my kind of people!"....Glad to hear your bike tour back home was awesome...hope I can do the same one day...I had a bike once..750 Honda Shadow...that lasted about 2 weeks!!! (long story...lol)....Loved Charleston but last day put a damper on it...read my blog if you want to know what I mean...Also, I lost your blog address..would really love to view it....interested in History myself....Thanks again for the comment....all the best to you and Mark!

by ManicGypsy

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