Charleston is located near the middle of South Carolina’s coast at the point “where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.” It is the state’s second largest city and the county seat of Charleston County. Charleston was originally called Charles Town (in honor of King Charles II of England), and its nickname is “The Holy City.” – from http://www.sciway.net/city/charleston.html
I am quite partial to this beautiful little city by the sea. Charleston holds a special place in my heart for two reasons: it is the first place my sweetie and I lived when we got married, and it is the town where I graduated from college. Charleston offers small town charm and big city amenities. Because it is an international resort destination as well as a college town the cultural offerings there are abundant. I love being surrounded by the living history and beautiful scenery. The climate there is right up my alley, as well as the architecture and beautiful gardens too. What could be better than sea breezes and 5 star cuisine? Sounds perfect to me.
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Life is too short to eat bad chocolate. I know it’s hard to believe, but yes… there is such a thing as bad chocolate. You know it the second you pop it into your mouth. It’s all waxy & maybe too sweet. I think I became a true blue chocolate snob when we lived in Europe. Once you get a taste of Belgian chocolate in Belgium you’re done. There is no substitute for good chocolate.
I keep a little cut glass jar of Lindor truffles from Lindt on my dining room buffet for my afternoon ‘fix’.
My new favorite cocoa find was discovered on a recent trip to Charleston, SC. Sweeteeth makes artisan chocolates right there by the sea. (http://www.sweetteethcharleston.com/) What could be better? Nothin’. These handcrafted chocolates are a bit pricey, but oh so delicious! They are only sold through restaurants and specialty stores.
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Coming this weekend, to a garden near me, is one of my most favorite events of the entire year. I look forward to it all Spring. Our local county Master Gardener’s group hosts a tour of private gardens of their members. Every other year the tour alternates in general location. On year “A” the gardens are all located on the east side of the county then on year “B” the gardens for viewing are all located on the west side of the county. Usually there are four to five gardens on the tour. It’s a great plan, since we have such a large county – geographically.
To me the garden tour is almost like peeking into a wonderland. One of my favorite stories as a little girl was The Secret Garden, and since I first read that book I’ve been fascinated by gardens. Green thumb I certainly am not, but oh how I try. Since I have tried, and many times failed, I sure do appreciate a pretty garden. I always come away from the day, much to my sweetie’s dismay, with a million ideas. They generally show some especially great containers, as well as ideas for statuary too. Each host garden usually provides a map of their garden with details on each and every plant in their yard…Awesome, I know!! Wait, it gets better, within each garden the plants are all individually labeled – usually by both their common name and botanical name. Another great feature of this tour is that within each garden there are picturesque vignettes, great garden ‘rooms’, and unique specimen plants to get your creative sparks a-flyin’. By the time you get home you are ready to DIG IN THE DIRT, and make some pretties!
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One of a Kind is an ADORABLE shop on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, GA. I love, love, love it! It is one of my favorite destinations whenever I have the opportunity for a ladies’ day out. I’ve even dragged my sweetie there upon occasion, and he has been able to find a thing to two to catch his eye.
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