With car troubles sort of behind us we went on to the true Antebellum south. As a massive Gone with the Wind fan I was excited to be in Rhett country (who care’s about Scarlet?). We started in Savannah, where Scarlet’s posh mother was from, and it was very beautiful, there’s bit of a rivalry between it & Charleston as they’re so close and both clearly courting the same tourists. The Spanish moss of Savannah was very charming but the city itself was very small. We walked around it quickly, had some delicious pizza and accidentally took in a children’s performance of “Big Fish” (we left quickly when it was finished before anyone had a chance to question who the two random adults attending a children’s performance were).
From Savannah we headed to Charleston, Rhett Butler’s hometown and clearly the jewel of the south, it’s stunning and has more historical building than you can shake a stick at. Small yes but very charming. And as a bonus there was a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, my favourite ice cream in the world from Columbus Ohio. We spent a few days strolling around the city, cycling about, taking walking tours and generally enjoying ourselves. The biggest problem Charleston has is parking, especially RV parking. We found the Charleston Visitors Center has rv parking in their garage but that was a bit pricey for us for more than one night, then we realized there was some sort of fluke in the system, and the road all along the sea didn’t require a parking pass. Milton fit perfectly in the spot and we were happy to have the sea breeze at night and the sun to charge our solar panels during the day.
After finishing at Charleston we headed westward stopping in Madison, the town too beautiful for Sherman to burn, and misfiring at a fake Gone with the Wind “plantation”, but over all a very charming southern week.