The most amazing place that I have ever been in my life. I'll let the pictures do the talking, but you can click here to read more about Antoni Gaudi's famous church. Construction was started in 1882 and it is slated to be finished in 2026, 100 years after the architect's death.
If you're looking to see gorgeous cast iron architecture, Greene Street in SoHo is the place to go. Here's a Google street view.
You can't visit Charleston without visiting a plantation. Charleston was the port of which over 40% of African slaves that were brought to America passed through. It is why the city was at one time one of the richest in the Americas and why the landowners and well off residents in the city were said to have lived like kings. It is also why the Charleston elite were at the forefront of the Southern resistance during the civil war.
More on the city itself in another post, but the plantation was home to the Drayton Family and the original house dates back to 1738 and included 630 acres of land. It primarily produced indigo and rice and was entirely self sufficient.
If you're interested, you can do a full tour and read more about the plantation here. Unlike many of the others, which have been restored, this plantation is special because they chose to preserve it in its current state and the seven generations of Draytons that lived here family preserved it. The rooms are all empty, but you can see the original details with all of the wear that time has taken.
The details were by far the most interesting aspects photographically.
1/125th at F6.3, ISO 200 (28mm).
Just got back from a week vacation in Charleston, which was the reason for the slow posting the last few weeks.
Here's a quick shot in front of one of the oldest buildings in the city, dating back to 1743. No matter where I travel I always manage to capture a dumb shot like this. One day I'll have a books worth of shots of ridiculous tourist shirts in front of grand architecture and monuments around the world.
But more on the city, the history, and the architecture, with some (sans tourist) travel shots over the next few days as I get more time to write some posts. It was one of the most stunning cities that I've ever been too, both in history, in the preserved, grand architecture, and in the food. The food was incredible.