St. Augustine and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Sunday, April 6, 2014
So far most of the driving on our trip was only 2-4 hours between most destinations, so it was very doable with the kids, but heading back we wanted to try and get back with just one stop.  We just needed to make it back to Ft. Lauderdale.  We looked for a cool destination as our half way point and found St. Augustine would work.  It is the oldest city in the United States.  It was settled by the Spanish in 1565.  The architecture there is very European.  We weren't there very long though, because we wanted to make our way back down to the beautiful beaches of Ft. Lauderdale.
 Memorial Presbyterian Church




   
St. Augustine also had Hazel's Hot Dogs.  How cool is that?

Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale is the yachting capital of the world.  There are neighborhoods all along the water with huge houses and yachts docked in their backyards.  The water and beaches were beautiful.  We stayed right on the water and loved it.  There still is no such thing as relaxing on the beach with toddlers and babies though.  We managed to sit right by a sea turtle nest which was roped off with do not touch signs all around it, and warnings of being imprisoned or fined if touched.  Of course when I looked over Hattie thought it would be fun to run right through it.  I tried getting her out as fast as I could.  We are kind of looking forward to taking a trip to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami without the kids sometime.

Brendan got us a nice upgrade with a waterfront view.





In our hotel the night before we were flying out, Hattie threw up all over Hazel's head.  It was around 3 am and we had to throw the kids in the tub and there was lots of screaming.  We were all tired.  It was terrible.  We kept hoping it was food poisoning or something and that she wouldn't throw up again.  When we were at the airport she threw up again, but not too much.  We were lucky she didn't throw up on the plane.  
By the way, we loved these scoot cases we got for the girls last year at Christmas.  They fit all of their clothes for the whole trip and they can ride on them and be pulled around.  It was kind of funny because everyone was watching and pointing and taking pictures and saying how cute they were and what a great invention.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston was our final destination and reason for our trip in the first place.  Brendan's sister lives in Charleston, and we wanted to visit her and her family, and we figured since we were spending so much on plane tickets to get us out there that we should go and see lots of other cities too.   Charleston was also our favorite city on the trip.  It was such a CHARMING city with all of the cobblestone streets and cute shops and historical buildings.  It had such a European feel, and delicious food.  We can't wait to go back.

 Cousins!




 Taryn was nice and watched the girls while we went took a ferry out to Fort Sumter where the first shots were fired that started the civil war.




 After our tour of Fort Sumter, Brendan and I went out to lunch at Husk.  I had heard about the restaurant from lots of my magazines.  Sean Brock is the well known chef that runs the restaurant located in this cute historical home.  Our meal was delicious.  Brendan had the popular southern dish of shrimp and grits.



And of course we had to have some dessert.  We stopped in at the Sugar bakeshop. The butter pecan ice cream was DELICIOUS!    

King street is all about shopping.


 Rainbow Row



 I just loved all of the ivy and greenery and flowers hanging from windows with open shutters everywhere.
This style of home is popular and called the Charleston single.




We went to Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, and watched their parade they have each Friday.
 St. Phillips Evangelical Church

We walked down to Waterfront park and went on the big swings on the pier, and saw the pineapple fountain.  


Just a walk down the road from Waterfront park is the Battery, well known for its beautiful antebellum homes.

Hilton Head Island

Monday, February 24, 2014
We only stopped in Hilton Head for a few hours, because we decided to go at the last minute on our way to Charleston.  I had heard of it, but didn't know much about it and wanted to stop.  We went to Coligny beach, and it was BEAUTIFUL! The weather was perfect, and the water was warm. We went when the lighting was perfect too.  The sand is hard packed so you can ride bikes on it and push strollers.  The water is shallow and you have to go out 30 feet to get over 3 feet deep, which is great for kids.  When we arrived, we tried to get bike rentals, but were too late in the day to get any.  We wished we would have known about it before and made more time to stay there.  It has been rated #1 family beach or destination by several magazines. We hope to go back!

We didn't build this, but it was cool.





Walking down to Coligny beach past the luxurious bathrooms and wash up area, there were several swings.  We went off season so most everyone was old and retired and thought our kids were the cutest.  An older couple offered to take a picture of all of us together.

Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Savannah is such a pretty city!  I loved all of the live oak trees hanging with Spanish moss.  It felt like we were driving through tunnels because of it's thick covering.  The houses and downtown neighborhoods were beautiful.  Savannah was America's first planned city, and was designed with a series of neighborhoods centered around 24 squares.




 Forsyth Park sits on the edge of the historic district with it's pretty fountain built in 1858.

A memorial to the confederate dead.



Chippewa square is where the famous bench was from the movie Forrest Gump, but the bench isn't there anymore because it was a movie prop.  There are flowers there now instead.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was beautiful.  The outside was having construction done on it though, so I didn't get any outside pictures of the magnificent structure.

Brendan's sister, Taryn, recommended Starland cafe for lunch.  It had some delicious food.

I love bakeries, so I like to stop at them whenever I can.  I saw this cute one while driving by and had to take a peek.  It was called Back in the Day Bakery.  I picked up some yummy cupcakes for the kids.



 Watching salt water taffy being pulled, cut, and wrapped on an old fashioned machine.


 These historic stairs with the original cobblestone lead down to River Street.




 We had to stop at Paula Deen's restuarant and store, The Lady & Sons, to get some southern food.



Tybee Island
Tybee Island is only 20 minutes outside of Savannah.  If you've ever seen the movie the Last Song starring Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth it was filmed here.  I remember seeing the cheesy movie and wondering where it was at because it was a really pretty location.  They were actually filming for a Spongebob movie when we were there.  I guess there is a part where they go onshore in the movie.  It was really dead when we went and the grill on the pier was closed and not many people were out and about, but it was pretty. We were going o go on a dophin tour, but they didn't have enough people so it was cancelled.  We just walked around for a while and grabbed something to eat and got back on the road.





 
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