When you stop to think what might be the best city in the world, possibly names like Paris, Tokyo or New York comes to mind. Even many will think that as your city, no. However, in this 2016, the winner has surprised friends and strangers: Charleston, South Carolina. Today -environmental- we walked through the streets to find out what are the best places to take full advantage of this village on the shores of the Atlantic.
Green spaces in cities are one of the most attractive corners when we visited, and Charleston has parks to satisfy even the most discerning palate. One of the most beautiful and you cannot miss is the Waterfront Park. The views from the port at sunset are wonderful, and you can enjoy them from any of the wooden benches that dot the landscape.
In addition, it is ideal to prepare a picnic on your lawn and if you go with children, they can let off steam trotting and running around without problem. It is one of those places where families can have a good time and rest.
History lovers have a must in Charleston. In Fort Sumter began openly the American Civil War on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces opened fire on this strong and managed to conquer after 34 hours of siege. Almost four years later, the Union army failed to recover.
Today it is considered a national monument, and guided tours explain all the details of that time, so rich and interesting history of the United States.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Up leaving a little further back in history, another attraction is the old CharlestonMagnolia Plantation and Gardens that surround it. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, it is one of the best preserved in the American South and a place for evoking Walking Scarlett O’Hara.
Theirs are the oldest public gardens in the United States, and first opened to visitors in 1870. In addition, they offer all kinds of tours and activities related to nature and history of the plantation, from the years of the slavery to the present, through the Civil war.
The Mustard Seed
The cuisine of South America is rich and heir of several -Spanish, French, English cultures, and native- that makes a fusion of flavors as appetizing. One of the placeswhere you will find fewer tourists and more local people are in the Mustard Seed.
With a menu, that blends tradition and innovation, this restaurant is a good example of the local cuisine, which has been given a twist, as the Shrimp Mac n Cheese, traditional pasta with American cheese with prawns so characteristic of southern cuisine.
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Just north of Charleston Harbor stands between the Atlantic waves a small island, Sullivan’s Island. Its beaches are the most beautiful in the region, thanks to the connection between it and the mainland by a road, getting there is as easy, besides being a very nice trip to do late in the day.
One of the priorities of the council is to care for the historical and natural areas, so walking through its streets is synonymous to discover how people lived on the island in the mid-nineteenth century.
The Aiken-Rhett House Museum
As you can already see, the historical aspect of Charleston is one of its main attractions. In 1857, the Aiken family built a private art gallery that is now part of The Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Its director has tried to preserve – and achieved -this gallery in the style of the nineteenth century, as it was initially conceived.
Walk its corridors and admire the works of art that adorn them, mostly purchased by the original owners and now can be seen publicly, it is a journey to the nineteenth-century American art south.
Brown’s Court Bakery
We could not finish our little visit to Charleston without one of its patisseries most famous. In Brown’s Court Bakery, you can find all kinds of sweets, from the most traditional pastries to the famous cupcakes, to cakes, chocolates and savory pies.