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As you probably have seen, Chris is out of town leaving me with no choice but to post without him. Hope this will suffice!

Growing up, whenever my dad would head to the lake to go fishing, mom would barely let his car crank before saying “when the cat’s away the mice will play.”  It was nice to have another one of those special weekends. Despite what Chris thinks we didn’t talk about stickers, unicorns, or braiding hair at all; however we did some serious shopping.

Our strolls up King Street often end at Urban Outfitters, a family favorite due to the amazing architecture inside and out. It is now housed in what used to be the Garden Theater which opened in 1918. The Garden Theater housed a actual garden of hanging baskets and singing canaries in the entry. The store has maintained the original theater structure with balconies full of sale items and dressing rooms located on the stage. Even if you aren’t a serious shopper it is a must see next time you are in town.  Don’t forget to look up! The store has beautiful intricate molding and still maintains its lighting grid system.

Even the most girly of girls need a break occasionally, for us it was a jaunt to the Dragon Boat Festival.

We arrived with no expectations but quickly realized we had joined in on Charleston’s biggest tailgate. Teams of fans were sporting decorated tents, matching shirts, and were cheering on their teams rowing along the Ashley River while chowing down on an array of delicious smelling food.

We were lucky enough to witness one of the boats capsize, dumping its team into the river. It was quickly apparent that these boats were not made to take on water.  Once the team was rescued and the half flooded dragon boat was returned to shore the cheering and back to back races continued.  This exciting event supporting Cancer survivors will definitely make my 2011 calendar!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a guest post by my one and only sister! Caroline found a new Charleston favorite and decided she wanted to chip in and support our blog. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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Viewing Charleston from a rooftop on the lower peninsula is kind of a humorous endeavor.

On one hand, you’re on a rooftop in historic Charleston, which gives you the ability to obtain new vantage points of familiar structures, allowing for a quick study in different styles of adornments such as cupolas, chimneys, roofing materials, etc. that may not be fully visible from the street and are far too frequently obscured by the ruinous presence of powerlines (a personal pet peeve). This helps to paint a clearer picture of the city’s architectural lineage, as many of these features are original to a building’s first construction and belies changes that may have occurred to facade over time.

On the other hand, while you’re busy taking inventory of these adornments, you realize you’re standing on a rooftop in historic Charleston at an elevation of probably 50 feet (thanks to a glorious height-limit restriction on new structures), gazing around like you just ascended to the top of Willis Tower in Chicago, which eventually makes you kind of laugh at yourself for even behaving in a way that attempts to draw a real parallel between the two experiences.

I mean, you’re a little more than a third of a football field in the air. Not exactly time for a nosebleed.

But at least for me, there are more than enough awe-inspiring vistas of this great city atop those 50 vertical feet to rival any view anywhere else. Then again, maybe I’m just thoroughly, irreparably obsessed with this place.

Could you tell?

Here are a few, with more to come.

Also, I wanted to take a second to thank Ken at TheDigitel Charleston for covering us this past weekend in his Blog Spotting feature. It was nice to come back from a great breakfast on Saturday morning to see that others are enjoying the blog besides the family and friends who ‘enjoy’ it while we hold them at knifepoint commanding: “READ. NOW!”

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