Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 274

Charleston, baby

Here’s part 2 of the South Carolina roadtrip!

Charleston. One word? Classy. I liked it, mucho. We arrived on the Friday and there were a lot of ladies lunching (and drinking champers) in fine restaurants. You see? Just perfect for the Desperate Housewife!

Such a pretty town

Such a pretty town

Anyhow, we mooched, as one must in Charleston – oggling the houses, the history and the waterfront.

I was most delighted to spy a pink fountain (no doubt in recognition of breast cancer awareness of month).

Yey, pink fountain!

Yey, pink fountain!

Rainbow Row

This is a beautiful row of houses with an interesting history in Charleston.

Rainbow Row, Charleston

Rainbow Row, Charleston

After the Civil War, this area of Charleston devolved into near slum conditions. In the early 1900s, Dorothy Porcher Legge purchased a section of these houses numbering 99 through 101 East Bay and began to renovate them. She chose to paint these houses pink based on a colonial Caribbean colour scheme. Other owners and future owners followed suit, creating the “rainbow” of pastel colours present today. The colouring of the houses helped keep the houses cool inside as well as give the area its name.

Common myths concerning Charleston include variants on the reasons for the paint colors. According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various colours such that the intoxicated sailors coming in from port could remember which houses they were to bunk in. (I like this version the best.) In other versions, the colors of the buildings date from their use as stores; the colours were used so that owners could tell illiterate slaves which building to go to for shopping.

I also saw this sign, which I didn't understand, but thought I would share in case anyone has any idea!

I also saw this sign, which I didn’t understand, but thought I would share in case anyone has any idea!

Folly Beach

Pretty Folly Beach. See πŸ™‚

Cute

Cute

Stunning views

Stunning views

Known to Charleston locals as “the Edge of America”, Folly Beach is home to numerous surf spots, the most popular being the Washout, 10th Street and the Folly Beach Pier. Despite its usually calm conditions, Folly Beach has gained prominence as one of the more popular surf spots along the East Coast. Folly Beach is an eclectic beach community.

I think I need to spend more time here….

Nomad girl in van

As we drove along the highway, we spotted this van.

Nomad chick

Nomad chick

Yes, I've Facebooked her!

Yes, I’ve Facebooked her!

What a happy nomad chick!

What a happy nomad chick!

She says this:

‘On June 27, 2011 I made the best mistake of my life. I bought a 1971 Dodge Campervan. If I only knew then, what I know now. I now can completely relate to the old saying ” I’ve put my blood, sweat, and tears in this”. When it came time to pull the trigger, I was never so utterly scared and determined in my life. On October 23, 2012 the Van made her maiden voyage. Sure, this trip is about having the best time of my life, experiencing what the world has to offer. Deep down, I know this journey will define me, set the foundation for the rest of my life. Im out here on the road doing the good ole’ soul searching. Follow my nomadic ways here, you never know, we may just cross paths one day :-)’

Check her out, she’s pretty awesome! Respect Nomad Chick.

Seewee food

On the road, I like to stop at places in America that aren’t chain places. I’m looking for rustic charm.

For lunch I was very specific. ‘I want it to be a run down shack that does amazing food and I need to eat shrimp gumbo or similar, please.

And would you bloomin’ well believe it, we found THE pefect place. It was this exactly.

And here it is.

Perfect

Perfect shack

Even the soda fridge dated back to the 60s!

Even the soda fridge dated back to the 60s!

See how happy I am!

See how happy I am!

I wanted Creole Shrimp. I got it!

I wanted Creole Shrimp. I got it!

For a fish fan like me, so much to choose from :)

For a fish fan like me, so much to choose from πŸ™‚

Loved SeeWees

Loved SeeWees

But, wait. Why is it called SeeWee’s? (Which is weirdly similar to the portable urinating device for women.)

It is named after the SeWee tribe. And here’s their sad, sad tale.

The Sewee Indians were a small tribe, supposedly Siouan, formerly living in east South Carolina. According to history they occupied the lower part of Santee river and the coast westward to the divide of Ashley river, about the present Monks Corner, Berkeley County, where they adjoined the Etiwaw. Nothing is known of the language, but judging by their alliances and their final incorporation with the Catawba they are assumed to have been Siouan. A man called Lawson, who met them in 1701, when they were living at the mouth of Santee river, states that they had been a large tribe, but had been wasted by alcohol and smallpox, which disease was commonly fatal because the afflicted plunged into cold water to alleviate the fever. At Sewer Bay he found a deserted village, Avendaughbough, which may have been one of their towns. Lawson says that they undertook to send a fleet of canoes to England in charge of most of their able-bodied men, for the purpose of trade; a storm swamped most of the canoes, and the survivors were rescued by an English ship and sold as slaves in the West Indies. In 1715 there remained but one village of 57 souls. The Yamasee War of that year probably put an end to their separate existence as a tribe, forcing the survivors to join the Catawba.

Note to self: don’t try to get back to the UK in a canoe πŸ˜‰

That’s all for now, folks! Part 3 of the roadtrip will feature: the Magnolia Plantation and swamp, doing Halloween like a Yank and PJs at Walmart. Stay tuned! πŸ™‚

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11 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 274

  1. Andy says:

    So about the weird sign. My guess is, which of these three things can’t you do at home. Answer: Federalism. After all who hasn’t tried making chemical weapons in their basement?

  2. Pat and Pam says:

    I would order a bacon and fried green tomato po’ boy (aka a sub sandwich) possibly with shrimp. My question is, what were the sides on offer? Greens? Fried okra? Potato salad??? My hungry mind wants to know.

  3. Joe says:

    Bond v. United States is a recent case that went to the Supreme Court. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bond_v._United_States_%282011%29 In short: Carol Bond’s husband impregnated another woman (the “adultery” bit). Ms. Bond threatened the other woman. Ms. Bond was caught stealing the other woman’s mail and also trying to poison her. Ms. Bond was charged with theft of mail, and also with violating a Federal law that implements the international Chemical Weapons Convention. (That’s the “chemical weapons” bit.) Ms. Bond fought the chemical weapons charge, arguing that an international treaty binds the US Government but not an individual – that is, she couldn’t be charged as a person with violating a treaty. (That’s the “Federalism” bit.) The case went to the Supreme Court and was heard in 2011. So this was just a talk about the case.

  4. salpal1 says:

    Thank you for doing all the leg work for my next vacation spot! We are planning to head down to SC, and are trying to decide between Savannah and Charleston or some of each. I’ll look for the beach and Seewee and rainbow houses. πŸ™‚

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