"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

April 22, 2016

April 21 – Charleston, SC

Maritime Center Marina

“No matter where I go, travel is my destination!” —Anonymous

We spent the day playing...Stan went fishing with Magnus and I went shopping with Charlotte. We all had a great time. The guys caught a lot of fish and Charlotte and I restrained ourselves to just a few purchases. This evening Stan and I enjoyed a visit to Pearlz, but it just isn’t the same without the crews of Amici and Gallivant. The following is a post from our visit in 2013…a little history lesson for the day.

Charleston Single House is a style of architecture in Charleston dating back to the 1720s. Settlers first saw these single house designs in Bermuda and Barbados and adapted them for use in Charleston. The houses were designed to capture as much breeze as possible on the hot and humid summer days. These houses are usually one-room-wide and the narrow end of the house faces the street. Two-story verandas (called "piazzas" in Charleston) stretch down the long side and provided ample outdoor living space and needed cross-ventilation to help cool air circulate through the house. The piazzas also help to shade the windows of the house from the afternoon sun, keeping temperatures inside more livable.

The front doors on the Charleston single house do not open into the house itself, but onto the ground floor piazza. Once on the piazza, there is a true front door into the interior of the house. 

A lot of homes in Charleston and in other places in the south paint the ceilings of the porches blue. There are a lot of theories why this is done; the most common reason I've heard is a blue ceiling is more resistant to spiders, bees, wasps and other annoying insects. In the South Carolina Lowcountry, there's a name for the blue of porch ceilings: haint blue. A haint is a spirit or a ghost, and in Charleston, people also paint the trim on their houses blue to ward off evil spirits. It is believed that the color blue keeps ghost and evil spirits from getting into the house. There is some debate on whether this practice started in South Carolina or in the bayous of southern Louisiana. Some also say blue helps extend daylight as dusk begins to fall. Whether any of these theories are actually true, who really knows, but it does make the ceiling look nice. 

Stan having fun on the water
Magnus and one of his fish
A few examples of Charleston's single homes
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