While Taylor was visiting the twins and I (obviously) had to show her our favorite parts of Charleston, and of course this included the HIstoric Downtown!
She brought two of her dogs with us, Crash and Boris. Boris is her personal favorite dog (pictured left) and Crash is a puppy she's training as a demo dog (pictured right)
We ran the dogs through several different little "drills" right on the sidewalks in Charleston, the distractions were perfect for training.
We were (endlessly) stopping to try and get photos of the dogs actually paying attention.
This ^ was what they gave us mostly. Getting both dogs to pay attention at the same time was quite a challenge. I (kinda) got a few good ones...and a bunch of silly ones!
Our walk took us right through the middle of the Historic district on King Street, my personal favorite. There are so many beautiful places here that it's impossible to actually choose a favorite - I just really like King St. because there are so many shops and restaurants and amazing buildings!
We met lots of dog-lovers who insisted on petting Crash and Boris (who were very happy about it) and also plenty of other dogs....these meetings were interesting. We finally ducked onto a side street for some shade, and also to get the dogs away from the crowds.
We turned around about halfway down King St. and headed back via a different route.
As usual...no outing would be complete without handstands from Megan.
We had so much fun visiting with Taylor....and (so excited) she rented a house while she was here!! I can't wait until she's down here more often!
Until the next adventure....cheers!
This is the blog where we actually stay in LA, and I share the few things I like about the city. (It's a big city, just because this blog is long doesn't mean I like the city itself, fyi)
Dave and I love museums, (hey, I warned you in the title this blog is for geeks) so pretty much every new city we visit has a list of museums we want to check out....LA is no different.
Our favorite museum so far has been The Getty, but we also visited The Natural History Museum, The La Brea Tar Pits, and Griffith Park Zoo.
Before we headed off on our museum extravaganza (fyi, we didn't do ALL of these in one day, I just can't actually remember which day we did which...) we had breakfast at this cute little place across from our hotel called Le Pain Quotidien. I thought it was delicious, Dave said it was "too hippy" for him....and to be fair EVERYTHING on the menu said "organic" beside it...I guess it would have been sufficient to just say "Everything is Organic" in one place. Oh well, I enjoyed my organic-fresh-squeezed-orange-juice and my organic-whole-wheat-Belgian-waffles with organic-locally-grown-berries and organic-natural-syrup. :)
We sat outside because it was gorgeous out, but very quickly realized we'd made a bad decision since it was really hot, and we were sitting directly in the sun...thankfully we got a chance to move to a shaded (see photo below...Dave's half of the table was shaded) table before we completely overheated. Trust me it was just a preview of the rest of the day we were heading for.
We went to The Getty first, since we figured the earlier we showed up the better to avoid the crowds. We were sort-of right, it was much less busy then the last time we'd been, but we still didn't avoid the million school groups crowding in front of the major pieces of art.
We headed for the gardens first since we figured it was only going to get hotter as the day went on...plus obviously this is my favorite spot in the whole place....amazing beauty.
This museum is absolutely incredible. The last time we were here we got to chat with one of the museum guards, an old guy who'd been working there for years, and he told us SO much about The Getty Foundation and the history of the museum.
This visit to The Getty was amazing, not quite as much of a "wow" factor as the first time we went, but we were extremely happy we went....it's such a beautiful place to visit.
Dave checked out some different recommended sites around LA, and Griffith Park Zoo came up several times, so we headed out to find it. It's not actually a zoo anymore (it closed in 1966) but it's the site of the old LA zoo, so you can still go through all of the old animal enclosures and see the old design....it's actually pretty creepy.
We were attempting to enjoy the creepiness of the park, but honestly it was so hot I was really having a hard time. The temperature actually hit 113, so even with a tiny breeze it was still uncomfortable.
Honestly our favorite part of the zoo was this awesome squirrel we saw...he kept running around and then flattening himself down on the concrete. Hilarious!
The next place we checked out was the Natural History Museum. We didn't really have high expectations, because we've been to several - and they're all pretty much the same. We were just out of things to do at this point in our trip (again, we're not "city-lovers" so we don't get lured in by all the typical city sites) so we just researched all the possible museums.
We were actually pretty impressed by the museum. Most of the exhibits were pretty much the same as the other natural history museums we've been to, but the building was awesome.
We had plenty of time left in the day, so we decided to check out the La Brea Tar Pits.
The museum had some amazing fossils that had come directly out of the tarpits - pretty cool when you're in the exact place they were actually discovered. Somehow it made everything feel way more real. (Plus, there weren't any screaming kids...bonus!)
6'2" man vs. mammoth skeleton....I voted he loses. :) All I could think of this whole time was the Night at the Museum movies....haha. There were so many amazing spots, the one that really got to me was the direwolf skull exhibit....absolutely incredible, and pretty gruesome.
There were literally hundreds of direwolf skulls on display - it was amazing. Thankfully right after this we were able to escape into the lovely atrium in the museum and lighten the mood.
We may say we hate helLA, but we do somehow manage to have a great time everytime we visit. I guess warm weather and beautiful beaches aren't all bad. :-) We're not sure that we'll be back to the west coast anytime soon (given that we're about to make a big move south) but next time we are I sure hope it's the NORTH west coast! Until next time,
After spending the time we did in Charleston we were really struggling with being "unbiased" about our visit to Savannah - we'd basically already settled on Charleston without even getting down to our previous 1st choice....BUT....we tried. (Spoiler alert: we picked Charleston)
Our first night in Savannah we stayed at The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel. It was gorgeous.
If you can't tell, the place is seriously amazing! (And, like all Kimpton's, it's pet friendly!) When we arrived the lady who checked us in told us that apparently it was the Vice-President of the company's birthday, and he was touring this particular property.....so free drinks and music for everyone staying for a few hours! Score.
Can you spot the difference in our room??? :-)
After we got settled into our room (and played a bit of "hide-and-seek") we headed down to the hotel bar for our free drinks, then out to the gorgeous courtyard for music.
We really enjoyed listening to the City Hotel Band, a great little bluegrass group, in the courtyard, and hung out for quite some time before heading to explore Savannah.
The Brice (our hotel) is on the far end of Bay Street, and we were thinking we'd walk all the way up to Forsyth Park, so we had quite a hike ahead of us.
There were some very pretty streets in the historic district (honestly the only ones I photographed) but then about every other block there were areas that we weren't really comfortable walking through near dark....unlike in Charleston where we were quite comfortable the whole time. The historic district, however is amazing.
There is a park almost every other block through the historic district, it's amazing. They all have different plant life, and different memorials, etc. We strolled (as slowly as we could manage...which isn't very...) through them, and if we could move the parks to Charleston it would literally be the perfect city.
The sun was on it's way down, so we headed down towards the river (River St. actually) to see the sunset on the water.
The sunset on the river was actually really beautiful, and since we were just south of the container port and the bridge we got some awesome silhouette views of their structures.
We packed up all of our things (including the bottle of wine I bought at dinner....essential) and went to find a good place for brunch. There were a few places we found on Yelp that looked good, but when we walked by them there were already lines around the block...and we were hungry and impatient.
We crossed back down to River St. and actually found the best little brunch place in the Bohemian Hotel, called Rocks on the River.
Our food was delicious, Perfect. BUT - we forgot that laws in the south aren't quite the same as back home, and that perfect Bloody Mary or Mimosa we were looking forward to wasn't going to be an option until after 12....and we weren't quite that patient. So OJ it was.
We really did try to give Savannah a chance, but unfortunately Charleston was just too awesome. I already gave away our decision...but over brunch we settled on Charleston for sure.
Since we really didn't need to research areas to live we ended up driving over to a historic graveyard to see what was supposed to be cool Gothic style monuments, etc. It wasn't that exciting, but there were still some cool areas.
Our mini-moon was great, it was fun (as usual) to explore new cities, and we are SO excited for moving day to arrive!
Until our next adventure <3
When you're moving you've gotta have options.....for us those options have been (painfully and slowly) narrowed down to two: Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA.
My husband and I didn't go on a honeymoon for a couple of different reasons, (partially because paying for a wedding wiped out our honeymoon fund) one being that we needed to explore the places we plan to move to! With all the other traveling we're doing this summer it was tough to fit in, but we were able to take a 4 day research trip!
We flew in and out of Savannah, GA - so the first day (Thursday) was basically air travel, and then driving up to Charleston, SC.
I've gotta be honest - at this point in the trip I was pretty much settled on Savannah, only because of it's placement right on I-95, and the fact that it's right in between Florida & South Carolina - but Dave was pretty set on Charleston....so driving there first was a really mostly to appease him. (Don't tell him I said that).
We our first night at the Courtyard Marriott in the historic district basically just because it was a self-park, and Dave hates valet parking....but it was probably the best thing we could have done, because their concierge is AMAZING! If you ever take a trip down there and want a place to stay, I'd suggest this place. Not because the hotel is amazing (it's nice, don't get me wrong, but it's basically the same as every other Marriott) but because you'll get some awesome insights into the city through the concierge.
Through the concierge we ate dinner at a great place called Coast - the food was good, but our favorite part was the building! (We're nerds....)
The concierge also set us up on a great historical walking tour of the city with a guide named Tommy Dew....literally the best tour I've ever been on. It was a little longer than 90 minutes, and he gave us an AWESOME history of the city and the south in general.
Since both Dave and I are history nerds (as mentioned above...) :-) we probably enjoyed the walking tour of Charleston more than any other part of our trip, which is saying a lot! We took tons of photos, and thankfully the weather was beautiful, we weren't really too hot until the very end of the tour.
The walking tour ended at the battery wall (and unfortunately so do my photos of Charleston) so Dave and I decided to head back to get our car and go see the local beaches. FYI, the local beaches are BEAUTIFUL. I left my camera in our hotel room when we went so I can't share the beauty yet, but after this visit I think we were both about 90% on board that Charleston (already) won the "where shall we move" competition.....so I'm sure I'll have more soon.
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