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Charleston, SC, Part 2 – Lewis Barbecue and Waterfront Park

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The number one food place that I wanted to visit when I was in Charleston was Lewis Barbecue.  I love good barbecue and when I saw it on a blog that I was reading, I knew that I had to go there while I was in South Carolina.  I wanted to try the beef ribs in particular.  I don’t really like pork ribs.  I find that they turn out too dry so the beef ribs were the way to go.  They’re only available on Saturdays so that’s something to keep in mind if you intend to go there. I planned my “food adventure” around Lewis Barbecue so I was really excited for Saturday to roll around.  I got there and immediately liked the inside.  It had a kind of cafeteria style serving station where you tell what you want and they carve it out for you.  

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When I asked for the beef ribs, the woman cut off this huge hunk of meat and asked if it was big enough. It definitely was. 😆  The place was pretty full but there were still seats available.  They were those high bar stools and for a short, sometimes clumsy person such as myself, it was a most embarrassing accident waiting to happen.  I opted for a seat outside, which was definitely cafeteria style, but I loved it.  They had benches and tables set up.  As it was pretty hot outside, I was one of a few people who opted to eat outside so I had an entire bench and table to myself.

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I quickly sat down, anxious to get at the delicious meal on my tray.  A huge beef rib, creamy coleslaw, and a side of pickles, onions, and sweet red onions.  I could seriously eat a bowl of those red onions on their own.  They were that delicious.  I also got a side of tangy sauce for the ribs for extra flavor.  There were even little packets of wet wipes to wipe your hands.  That was a nice touch.  I hate being dirty or greasy so I ate my food with a fork and knife, the meat so tender that it came off without having to even cut it.  Just pulling at it gently was enough to pull it right off the bone.

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After I finished eating it was picture taking time, or rather “act like a total tourist” time. 😆 If I ever have a house, I’d like to have this be the setup in my backyard.  It would be so nice to sit around a fire at night with the fam, just talking and laughing.

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Was this such a common occurrence that they really needed a sign, or was this supposed to be humorous?  If this is for real, I’d be curious to know what the problem was with tree climbing.  In case someone didn’t know what they were doing, hurt themselves, and then the restaurant was responsible somehow?

 

 

 

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The outside also had cute paintings on the wall. Charleston had some really creative murals.  I always meant to go and photograph them but never had the time to do so.  It’s a shame.  Some of them were especially beautiful.

 

 

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This must look amazing at night, all lit up.  I’m not a big fan of the dark, right Esther?  😉 

 

 

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These were interesting.  I definitely want to go back to Charleston one day and explore the city at night.  Grandma here was always in early, having my nighttime coffee and watching Cash Cab.

 

 

The sky was getting darker so I figured I should get a shot of the wall with the bull and split.  

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I started to walk, because you always come across interesting things when you walk as opposed to taking a cab or public transporation, and also because the sky didn’t look too terrible and I figured I could get in some picture taking before the skies opened up.  I walked by this rather interesting house.  This reminded me of Jeff Foxworthy in his comedy special Totally Committed.  I’m paraphrasing here: “I say let the grass grow tall so they don’t know there’s a house behind it”.

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Shortly after this, it started to sprinkle.  As my camera isn’t weatherproof I decided to hot foot it back to Lewis Barbecue.  As I was nearing the parking lot it started to rain more steadily.  I was not just worried about my camera but also my hair.  Remember that scene in Overboard when Joanna fell overboard and the first thing she said when she came up for air was “Oh my hair!”?  That is so me. 😆 

The rain was steady but brief and the sun came out immediately after it stopped raining.  I took this opportunity to take another picture of the wall with the bull.  Much better, don’t you think?

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Being the brilliant person that I am, I decided to try and walk from Lewis Barbecue to Waterfront Park in 90+ degree weather.  It was a long walk, and if it hadn’t been for that humidity I could have made it, but before I got even halfway through I was a puddle of sweat and decided to just get an Uber.  I did get some interesting pictures along the way. This seemed more interesting that the nondescript bicycle racks you see in NYC.

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I just liked the curves of the highway (interstate?  Whatever.) I received many funny looks from passing cars.  I guess that particular area isn’t really good for walking.  There wasn’t really anything close by.  Hey, at least I was able to get a lot of pictures without people walking through my shots.  😀 

 

 

I got an Uber and headed to Waterfront Park.  The first thing I saw when I climbed the steps into the park was this beautiful boardwalk.  The blue skies were perfect.  After the earlier rainstorm, blue skies were a welcome sight and perfect for picture taking.

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I’d love to take a cruise one day.  I wonder where this ship was going.  Being so close to one made me realize just how big those huge ships really are.  It must really be an experience to take one, even if you’re in one of the cheapest rooms.  I love the water so taking a cruise one day is definitely on my wish list.8/19/17, 35mm, a7Rii, bridge, Charleston, color, cruise ship, landscape photography, Sony, South Carolina, suburban landscape, travel photography, water, Waterfront Park

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My main reason for going to Waterfront Park was that I wanted to see the pineapple shaped fountain.  Yes, I’m a total dork.  It just sounded so different and interesting.  I spotted it from the entrance to the park and as I got closer I saw this funny sign nearby.

 

 

Here it is, in all its glory.  I found it interesting that you really could wade in it.  As it was so hot and humid, I decided to get my feet wet.  The water felt incredible against my skin.  The ground was ridiculously hot and as soon as I stepped out of the water, my feet were burning.  I kept hopping from one foot to the other and was finally forced to put my soaking wet feet in my shoes to avoid actually burning my feet.

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How cute are these porch swings along the boardwalk?  This particular area had an incredible breeze so I stayed for a while to cool off and regain some of my draining energy.  

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I never got tired of seeing palm trees.  Yes it’s dorky and tourist-y to keep taking pictures of palm trees but we don’t have those in NYC.  We barely have trees in NYC. 😆

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Goodbye for now, Charleston.  You were wonderful and I’m glad I decided to take a short vacation to see you.  I’ll come back one day and really explore all of your beauty.

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