Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Who cares? We're on Vacation!"

Happy Tuesday back to work everyone...hope you all had a wonderful 3 day Memorial weekend! I have been feeling kind of guilty lately about my blog, like I was neglecting it or something?! I haven't really been "too busy" to update it, just a bad blogger. I still need to post pics from my parents trip...forgive me!
So this past weekend Cornell and I went on VACATION! Yesssssss. If you know me at all, I absolutely love love love to travel. And any type of vacation has been on the back burner, since, hmmmm...I guess since I got married! There just never seems to be enough money for anything when you get marriend, and I can only imagine what happens when you have kids!! My travels include Austrailia, Mexico, Hawaii, etc and poor Cornell has never been anywhere except where he lives! Never even seen the ocean! I was talking to my girlfriend, Erin, at work and she told me that a great spot to vacation down here in the South is Charleston, SC. So that day we researched hotels and decided that this past wknd was a great time for us to head down there. I discussed it with Cornell and he agreed, so it was set.

Thursday, I worked and Cornell ran around Charlotte to do all the errands. One item that we knew we would purchase this summer,before our road trip home to MN, was a GPS(my parents got us hooked on their trip here.) So we decided that this weekend a GPS would come in handy(probably because one of our main sources of disagreements for our marriage is finding out directions and getting lost in the car.) So to avoid any arguments, Cornell ran and bought a GPS and to Charleston we headed!
We arrived on friday afternoon, and checked into our hotel(fyi, we brought Charlotte with us and stayed in a pet friendly hotel) and layed by the pool for a bit before heading downtown.

Here I am, just a little excited to be on vacation....

If you don't know anything about Charleston, it reminds me of "Gone with the Wind." It is exactly what you picture the "old south" to look like. The HUGE homes with the HUGE beautiful porches. The main street, King Street, has all the major stores for numerous blocks. I stopped in Louis Vuitton but didn't find much that I like. *wink wink* So friday evening, we just browsed around, stopped for ice cream, ate dinner, and headed back to the hotel.
Even on vacation, I couldn't escape the Cavaliers basketball game...
(we don't normally let Charlotte on the bed, but what the heck, she's on vacation too!)
Saturday morning, we decided to do the horse carriage ride around Charleston and learned alot about the history of the city.
The spikes on the fence of this home were so the slaves didn't try and escape back then.
This mansion, the Calhoun mansion, is open to the public for tours(even though a family really lives there.) We took the tour and saw only about 8 of the 35 rooms that it has.
Across the street to the Calhoun mansion was this home. Apparently it was the "wedding present" to the former Calhoun mansion owners daughter! And I thought our flat screen was a great gift from my parents! LOL (just kidding mom and dad)
Stopping for a little photograpy session...
Everything in the city is just beautiful. I mean, who has a driveway like this?
Also, all over the city you see these...

Guys that pull you around with a bike in a little buggy. We didn't do this, I don't think Cornell would have fit. :)

Here is a picture of us at the Harbor.

Picture for my grandma, she loves Rhett Butler.

Walking around all day makes me work up an appetite. We stopped for lunch at a little cute cafe with great food. Here is our appetizer of Fried Green tomatoes.

One of the most well known attractions in Charleston is Rainbow Row. It is a row of homes painted in pastel colors.

My favorite was the pink home of course.

More random pictures...

On Sunday we headed to the beach. Charleston is on the Atlantic Ocean, not the prettiest but at least Cornell could say he has been "to the ocean" now! Here are his and Charlotte's first encounter...

And they decided that was enough...
I laughed pretty hard. Charlotte wasn't a fan of the big, loud waves. And Cornell DID NOT like that he couldn't see his feet through the water. He swore a shark would bite him if he went any farther than his ankles.

It was a wonderful weekend. My photos' don't give the city enough credit on how gorgeous it is. We decided that when we win the lottery, we're going to buy one of the homes in Charleston. I laugh thinking about Cornell this wknd, everything I asked or said, his response would be "who cares, we're on vacation!" He had a blast "on vacation."


Mom said...

Wow -- what a beautiful place! Looks like you guys managed to find lots to do! Those big 'ol homes are so awesome...... love all the pics, especially the last one with both your toes in it! Thanks for sharing :)

Kim said...

i LOVE the pictures! it looks like so much fun! one of my fave things is traveling too and i love to pick a new city to explore with tom for the weekend. i can identify with the basketball watching because we usually can only go to places with a baseball team. ;)

megan said...

haha, love cornell's motto. you guys should come to vancouver 'on vacation'. love all the pics and you guys too. miss ya!z

Sheena said...

cornell's motto sounds like my life motto- hahaha glad you guys were able to get away for the weekend... I agree with Megan, you need to go visit her, you would love it out there :)