20 things to know about Charleston, pearl of South Carolina
(Excuse my English, I’m French!)
Somewhere on the North American west coast, a small town in South Carolina is under the spotlights: Charleston.
From that moment on, forget all that you know and think about America and discover Charleston: it does not look like to any other with its urban landscape without skyscrapers, its buildings painted in pastel colors, its luxuriant vegetation, its refined gastronomy, and especially its large beaches strewn with pearly shells.
Here are his main points of interest:
1. Charleston has a French quarter founded in the 17th century by a colony of Huguenot families who left France following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV.
2. Unlike most major American cities, Charleston does not have any tall buildings.
3. The beaches of Charleston are beautiful, clean and extensive. Their waves attract many surfers and there and playful dolphins!
4. In Charleston (and South Carolina) there are some of the country’s best peaches (but also the best tomatoes – the famous Johns’ Island tomatoes). These sold at gold prices in other states.
5. Charleston has a historic Farmers Market recognized as one of the country’s top 10 markets by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
6. In Charleston, we dance the Charleston! A fun jazzy swing named after the beautiful port city, when the composer/pianist James P. Johnson created the rhythm in 1923.
7. The prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast elected Charleston the best city to live in America, (since 3 years in a row) and the 1st best city to visit in US.
8. Charleston is the second most popular city to get married in US (after Las Vegas). Tea plantations, historic homes, flower gardens and water front parcs… The choice of dreaming sceneries is endless
9. Charleston is also called the East Cost Silicon Valley due to the growing development of tech companies.
10. Charleston has a fabulous gastronomy, mainly made of fish, seafood, fresh veggies and exotic sauces. The creativity and talent of its chefs led to the opening of very upscale restaurants. One of the specialties of Charleston is the Shrimp & Grits cooked with shrimp (and sometimes other seafood).