St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, SC

St. Michael’s church is one of my favorite places in Charleston, SC; it is rare for me to not snap a photo of it when we go to downtown Charleston (you’ll notice the photos are not all from the same day). The steeple stands out against the sky in a way that almost forces you to stop and notice. Along with that, the graveyard is gorgeous and I could spend all day walking around the small area. Most of the tombstones are old and a few are from *historical figures.

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*St. Michael’s was built in the middle of the 18th century, with the first services taking place in 1761. The first time I walked around Charleston the steeple was the first thing that caught my eye, when I saw it I knew I needed to find out what building it belonged on. The steeple is 186 feet high, with a clock, 8 bells and a Tiffany stained window. It’s beautiful. I have never been on the inside of the church, but honestly just admiring the outside and walking around the small graveyard is enough for me; it reminds me of a simpler time.

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It is at the intersection of Meeting St. and Broad St. and I make a point to walk past it every time I go to the Saturday farmer’s market or on any trip to downtown. My favorite part is the graveyard and it is only open to the public for walking around in from 9am to 12pm on Saturday’s (which is the day I am usually there, not sure on the weekday hours). I have missed it a few times and it is always a bummer. While walking around or sitting on one of the benches in the graveyard I always feel a sense of reverence and calm. It’s peaceful in an odd kind of way, I never thought I would find a graveyard to be that way, but it is. If you are ever in Charleston, make sure to visit St. Michael’s, it’s worth it.

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Sometimes if you time it just right you can get the prettiest photo of the sun shining through the trees onto the tombstones. My heart skips a beat every time I see this picture. Seriously.

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Do you have a favorite site to see that is not quite the norm?

*information about the church came from this site.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA is beautiful. The first time I went there was with my two sisters when they came to visit me last October. It was the BEST. THING. EVER.!!! We walked around and sight saw, looked at old churches and walked through cemeteries, drank chamoozies, ate at a Scottish Pub, took pictures on adorable old stairs. It was perfect. Now, every time we go there, there are a few things I feel the need to do. Almost like a tradition. They include getting a chamoozie (champagne smoothie) and eating at Molly MacPherson’s.

We were starving by the time we got there, so naturally our first stop was at Molly MacPherson’s for lunch. I got the chicken pot pie (it’s amazing, ever since my sister got it I know get it every time) and Todd got the meatloaf (it was so delicious as well).

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After lunch we just decided to walk and see where we ended up. Here are some photos of that:

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(Todd chit chatting it up with metal guy)

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After our food settled a bit I was ready for a chamoozie and Todd for a coffee. So we stopped at The District Cafe. I always get the peach-pear chamoozie, it’s the best! Todd’s mocha was really good, probably one of the best I have tasted in a while. I’d recommend a stop here.

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One of my favorite shops to stop and look around at is The Paris Market, it reminds me of Anthropologie (kind of like a cousin of Anthropologie or something). It has a crazy cute stairwell to the downstairs portion of the store.

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The last few times we had been to Savannah I wanted to stop Marche de Macarons but it had been closed. Thankfully this time it was open and all my dreams came true. If you enjoy macarons I highly recommend a stop here.

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After all that belly filling goodness we took off to the riverfront. It’s beautiful there. The day we went was a drizzly day but it made it all the more cozy.

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(The warning sign says: HISTORIC STEPS USE AT OWN RISK)

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After enjoying the riverfront for a bit we decided to head back to the car. We stopped at Vinnie Van Go Go’s to grab a slice of pizza to share for the ride home. Their slices are huge and customize-able.

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Savannah is gorgeous, there is always some new quaint shop or restaurant we notice every time we go. It was another great visit and we will definitely be back for more. Until next time Savannah!

Have you been to Savannah? If so, do you have any favorite locations you recommend?