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Archive: Nov 2015

Free Walks of Charleston – Waterfront Park

In our opinion, Fall (and in particular November) is one of the best times to visit Charleston.  The weather is great for enjoying a walk or picnic lunch outside.  If you are planning a trip to Charleston, a visit to the Waterfront Park is definitely a must on your list of free things to do.  It is one of…

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November 17, 2015

Tips From a Tourguide

“An Introductory Image of Charleston, SC” by Amy Tankersley I’ve been a licensed tourguide since Aug. 2004, giving carriage and walking tours in Charleston, SC, The Greatest City In The World, hereafter known as TGCITW (please remember that). I’ve been here since 1988, and I never get tired of looking at the same old houses in a wonderfully mixed-up variety of architectural styles from the different periods over a 345 year history. They’ve been through fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wars, and epidemics like Yellow Fever. After each disaster, they come back, again and again. I feel like they are alive through the memories and spirits of their former inhabitants. One street of Georgian style Rowhouses will “look” like merchants and businessmen in period clothing; a banker, a ship and wharf owner, a lawyer, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, making money. Another row of “Charleston…

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November 15, 2015

How to Prepare for your Trip to Charleston (Part 1)

“Doing Your Homework” by Amy Tankersley If this is the first thing you’ve ever read by me, stop now and go back to the beginning. The material in those first two postings will be on your final exam. Preparing in advance will save you time once you get here. And we all know that time is money. Research our weather and attractions, so that you don’t end up like so many other tourists we see every day: stumbling around, too hot or too cold, not knowing what to do. (Although they do supply us with comic relief.) But if you take my walking tour and read all my postings, and take all my advice, you’ll become part of my inner circle. Your vacation will be better, and you can join me in laughing at all the unenlightened. In our extreme…

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November 13, 2015

How to Prepare for your Trip to Charleston (Intro)

by Amy Tankersley I’ve seen many tourists make mistakes that put a damper on their vacation. In fact, I know that I will see them continue to make these same mistakes for years to come.  But you don’t have to. Avoid these pitfalls by taking my advice. After all, you will invest much time, money, and planning on your vacation.  It benefits me also. I’ve had people show up for my walking or carriage tours already tense and stressed over something that happened before they got to me. I’m usually successful in shaking them out of their mood with my sunny, silly personality. I actually do want to convince them that Charleston is The Greatest City In The World, (TGCITW), because then they’ll come back again, and I’ll be able to keep giving tours and making money for the things I…

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November 12, 2015