John & Anne Wiley

2013/04/16

Charleston Charm

We were charmed by this city again today, starting with a drive across this magical bridge.

2400 Ravenel Bridge

2400 Ravenel Bridge

To visit this historic aircraft carrier, where Cameron Briggs served as Executive Officer during what was probably the ship’s most dangerous passage.

2412 USS Yorktown CV-10

2412 USS Yorktown CV-10

This was already a special day for us, being the first anniversary of losing dear Dad the exceptional Navy pilot. By remarkable coincidence it’s also the 70th birthday of this ship so well known to the family from her importance to aviator “Cam” who went on to command the USS Boxer among many accomplishments before his final career as “Grandad.” His namesake sat in his chair today.

2458 Cam Command

2458 Cam Command

She ordered ahead slow, but grand old Y only responded with a flood of memories as the sound of recordings from wartime echoed through her trusty hull. The day brightened as we went back across the distant bridge to downtown for this giant salad.

0493 Too Big

0493 Too Big

Anne had chosen a top restaurant for a romantic dinner, and this salad I’m pointing at perched at the edge of a large dinner plate got us giggling. Until we tasted it. Such a garden of delights it was! We were less amused by this expensive salmon main course, guessing correctly that it too would be a sensory orgy of taste, aroma and texture.

0494 Lost In Translation

0494 Lost In Translation

Wish I could share a taste with you, because words and pix just don’t begin to convey what those tiny flowers do to differentiate each bite. Stepping outside in a food-induced altered state, I charmed this dove who was perched on a side path. When she startled at my approach, I imitated a dove cooing and she settled into stillness puffing up her feathers as I mentioned my own love of flight and we looked deeply into the space between us.

0498 Bird Man

0498 Bird Man

We strolled the Market, then drove around looking at old mansions in the gathering dusk. Then we stopped at the College of Charleston to mingle with the charms of that campus, starting with our discovery of the Philosophy Department in one of the smaller houses.

2469 Surprise Philosophy

2469 Surprise Philosophy

The indigo sky etched by bearded branches made the buildings very charming, and the students seemed affected by this atmosphere.

2503 Atmospherics

2503 Atmospherics

We took some time to explore the Center for Arts, and after taking in wonderful works in assorted media the charms outside were even more enchanting. We find that even a few minutes in the presence of art, transforms everything into art. People and places you might have taken for granted, each become masterpieces as this did.

2535 Masterpiece

2535 Masterpiece

The mixture of this beautiful campus with the life flowing through it made the perfect nightcap for a charmed day in the timeless cycle of Life.

2540 Fleeting Cycle

2540 Fleeting Cycle

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