Spring in Charleston

It seems spring is the perfect time to visit Charleston.

While the rest of the world is slowly waking up from winter (or slipping into autumn, hello down there!), everything is already in full swing in South Carolina.

The trees are heaving with blossom, the azaleas are blooming, wisteria creeps its way up crisp white walls. There’s a warm breeze and evenings are warm enough to sit out on the porch with a nice glass of wine.

Not too hot, not at all cold, and the bugs haven’t woken up yet.

Leaving you footloose and fancy free to explore!

White jacket (on repeat at the moment!)

Yellow dress

White espadrilles // Lemon bag (sold out – similar)

Accompanied by our halves (who are as firm friends as we are, which is ideal!) we took a tour of some of Charleston’s oldest buildings.

Soaking up the idyllic peace and quiet of the old town.

Striped top // Floral skirt

Yellow bag (similar) // Chloe flats

No cart for us! We strolled on our own two feet.

It’s so easy to get everywhere in Charleston, it seems a shame not to!

Plus you get more time to stop and peer into secret gardens and little side streets.

Charleston is a phenomenally green town. The pavements are shaded by oaks and palmetto trees, every garden bursts with azaleas and there are little parks dotted around for whiling away the warmer afternoons.


For lunch we made our way to Chez Nous.

An adorable little French style café.

Serving up Mediterranean classics, from an ever changing menu.

We spoiled ourselves with a little chilled rosé.

And indulged in some classic cacio & pepe pasta.

If you’re not familiar, cacio e pepe is the pasta dish taking the foodie world by storm!

A traditional Roman dish, it’s basically buttery cheesy peppery pasta.

Simple? Very.

Delicious? God, yes!

No-one knows why its popularity has suddenly exploded, it’s been around in Rome forever and a day. But hey, I’m not complaining!

We skipped dessert and headed over to Jeni’s for ice cream.

Really. Really. Really good ice cream, as it happens.

Chocolate and lavender for Julia, really creamy lemon frozen yogurt with creamy coffee for me – sounds like an odd combo, I know! But it really worked!

Fuelled on sugar, we set off to enjoy the rest of the dwindling afternoon.

And as one final indulgence for the day… I treated myself to some of my favourite shopping.

Basket shopping!

And not just any old basket shopping.

These are made of sweetgrass and no two are alike. Handmade by the Gullah, decedents of African slaves, who are responsible for much of The South’s soul food and culture. It was an art that was almost lost for good, but still survives in Charleston.

Using an indigenous bulrush, the women sit and weave throughout the day. They start with a knot and wind the bundled grass around it. Despite using the very same materials, each and every basket is unique. No two artists follow the same design, and you can even buy roses made from the leftovers.

The craft is passed down through the generations, it’s a tradition they’re fighting to keep alive.

The sweetgrass baskets have since become the souvenir to take home.

Should you visit Charleston (and you should!) be sure to stop by a stall for a chat with the weavers and pick one up for mum.

After all, you can never have too many baskets, and those weavers have some stories to tell!

Baskets of them, in fact.

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  • Liz Stark

    Jeni’s is one of the BEST ice cream brands out there! Excellent choice.

  • amelia

    That ice cream looks heavenly!
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  • Ooh Rosie I just love wandering around (virtually) with you guys. Looks like the most wonderful of Spring days! Sunshine, pasta and ice cream?! That’s my kinda afternoon >:) Immy x

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  • This post seems to be all the reasons I love spring!

  • It really looks like spring! I love the dress you’re wearing. X
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  • Rach

    Springtime in Charleston looks amazing!!

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  • Spring really makes everything infinitely better, no? 🙂

  • marie from heartfelt hunt

    both your outfits are sooo adorable, but your bag is just toooooo cute!!! <3

    xoxo,
    marie

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  • Hannah Warne

    Looks like an amazing trip!

  • Charleston in the spring is by far the best time of year! One of my favorite things to do is to walk rainbow row and look at all the colorful row houses painted in the brightest pastel colors! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip!

  • Lovely post!! x
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  • Natalie

    I’m now trying to convince my friends to go on a last minute weekend trip down south!
    But what is your secret to getting those baskets home without damaging them?? I always fear they won’t survive being packed into a suitcase and so never let myself indulge, even when I find one I really love

  • Looks like you both had a lot of fun!

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  • What a gorgeous day! I also loved that you included the story behind the sweetgrass baskets. <3

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  • Little foodie fact – the renewed popularity of Cacio e Pepe is often credited to Chef Massimo Bottura who, after the earthquake in Emilia-Romagna (May 2012), wanted to find a way to utilize the thousands of wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano that were damaged. He created a Cacio e Pepe risotto dish and re-awoke the world to the traditional Roman spaghetti. Super delicious and an example of why sometimes simple is best! 🙂 Charlie x
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  • Loving all of the beautiful blooms of Charleston, and it’s one of the best cities for good food! xo Bryn http://www.waketonroad.com

  • I’m dying to go here! Your photos look amazing and I love that yellow dress on you x

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  • Laura Torninoja

    Charleston DOES look like the greenest & lushest place on Earth – these pictures are absolutely beautiful! I’m also craving that pasta (and the ice cream…) SO much, it looks super tasty! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Looks like so much fun! I’ve never been to Charleston, but I’m thinking of it now!
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  • You took wonderful photos at Charleston, what a charming town 🙂

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  • Lisa

    So glad you got to try Jeni’s! I hope you indulged and sampled all the unusual and delicious flavors while you were there!

  • littleblackdomicile blogger

    Cacio e pepe and rose’…perfect jn any city!

  • Lavender ice cream sounds alright to me! Paired with the coffee flavour maybe too… like a lavender latte in the form of ice cream!

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  • Peppermint Dolly

    Great photos! Love the ice cream shot, looks so yummy!!

    Rebecca
    xx
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  • That looks INCREDIBLE! You may find this story funny: when I was living in Italy we were having a conversation about gelato, one of my friends saying that her favourite combination was lemon and coffee. One of our Italian friends shrieked, claiming that it was a disgusting flavour combo and that if she had been the gelato person she would’ve refused to serve it. Here’s the reason why, apparently (in Italy) if you’re hungover you put lemon juice in your coffee to make you throw up as it’s so disgusting. Ah I just couldn’t stop laughing, Italians take their food very seriously. I’m sure that it was yummy nonetheless – that lavender colour is incredible xxx

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  • Debbie

    Love this page 🙂
    If you get a chance check out my first blog as well!
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    Happy Blogging xo

  • Yvonne

    Such a beautiful dress and the colour is stunning on you!
    xo Yvonne
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  • I love that you use your blog to promote dying cultural and historical bits like those baskets. I think its so amazing. Thank you!

  • Lovely photos!

  • I feel like I’ve been on holiday just from reading your post! That yellow dress suits you so well – absolutely beautiful. I now have to find someone who makes lavender ice cream in Devon, UK!! Laura x