Trip Log – Day 283 – Charleston SC

to CharlestonAugust 14, 2016 – Sunny, 95 degrees

Miles Today: 25

Miles to Date: 14,490

States to Date: 40

My rotogravure of an elegant city of the South that endures revolution and civil war, earthquake and hurricane, flood and famine, mass shootings and racist killing; a World Heritage Site that manifests all that is noble and tragic in the human condition: Charleston is resilient.


The wall of doves stretches two blocks; a unity effort after the 2015 Charleston Church shooting

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The Eastside is the only remaining African-American community within the old part of the city. It boasts African-American monuments and cranes of encroaching development.

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On second Sunday, King Street becomes a pedestrian mall with many musical performers. I particularly like the narrow facades between actual buildings. Some are false fronts, others very narrow structures.


The Copper and Ashley Rivers come together at the Battery to form the Atlantic Ocean.

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Gullah weavers command the corner of Meeting and Broad.

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Historical Preservation in this country began in Charleston, in 1931. The Preservation Society runs a boutique of local crafts.


The city is littered with horse drawn carriage tours. On a bicycle, I get to hear multiple guides’ stories.

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The city has an assortment of prominent public buildings.

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But the private homes are most memorable.

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to Trip Log – Day 283 – Charleston SC

  1. Gorman, Cleo says:

    Wish you could’ve seen “Porgy & Bess” while you were there. Beautiful southern opera (if you don’t know it) with music by George Gershwin. Nothing feels more Old World Charleston.


  2. paulefallon says:

    I have seen Porgy and Bess several times, most recently at the ART Production with Audra McDonald that went to Broadway. Do you know it has only been performed in Charleston once? It is slated for another production there next year.


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