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Friendship Makes the World Go Around

I meant to take pictures, pictures, pictures of our visit with the Shrewsdays. Really, I did.

But after spending two solid weeks looking at screens, I decided to give myself a little break. Sort of. After all, I was sweating from every pore in the 108 degree heat index on Saturday, the day MTM planned to take the Shrewsdays on the Mayors Institute Walking Tour of Charleston. And, because Kate is Kate, he wanted to give her the FULL tour, not the highlights dignitaries often request because they can’t walk far.

When we met the Shrewsdays at Charleston’s Waterfront Park at 8am, it was already 84 degrees. MTM did his copper map dog-and-pony show, taking the British through four centuries of Charleston history. (The 21st Century plate is missing. MTM jokes that Charleston has no future.)

After sweltering in the sun for thirty minutes, we led the group through city streets to one of their favorite parts of the morning: an air conditioned bakery. From there, MTM led a death march to Charleston’s Battery, down Stoll’s Alley, back up Church Street and along Broad Street to the Four Corners of Law, where he pointed out the most important site on the tour: City Hall, where he and I got married.

By then, it was 10:30am and 100 degrees.

We all decided to stop at Fast and French for air conditioning, I mean, water.

Next, we tortured, I mean, showed the Shrewsdays the Unitarian churchyard (a cemetery they could see a thousand times in England), and we told ghost stories outside the Old Jail. By that point, even I was wobbly from the heat. We cut across the peninsula (through every air conditioned outlet we could find) and ended our tour with lunch at Fleet Landing (where eleven-year-old Felix saw his first porpoise in the wild.)

Our English visitors were hearty. Their spirits never flagged, and their steps did not drag.

I’ve included a few of the only photos I took of our tour on my Tumblr site here: Andra Watkins Tumblr




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48 Comments Post a comment
  1. MTM jokes that Charleston has no future. Priceless, darling.

    August 25, 2014
  2. aboccucci #

    Merriweather Lewis

    August 25, 2014
  3. I would have never left the air conditioned bakery.

    August 25, 2014
    • What was bad is we brought pastries from a different bakery and ate them there.

      August 25, 2014
      • LOL! That’s funny. Still…I would not have left 🙂

        August 25, 2014
  4. michaelcarnell #

    Too bad that tour wasn’t Sunday or today, Saturday was absolutely brutal. And the Shrewsdays were absolutely delightful. I just wish I had gotten to spend more time with them and you. The stories must have been great.

    And if they come back again, I will give you the full guided tour of the Unitarian Church on the inside. We are even installing air conditioning!!

    August 25, 2014
  5. I love the pictures that you did post you captured the patina of Charleston. Did you know that that red flower that you photographed in the Unitarian Church yard is called Cleopatra’s Earbob?

    August 25, 2014
    • Jill Clary Stevenson #

      Very cool,Cheryl. No pun intended Andra.

      August 25, 2014
    • I didn’t know that. Jill and I talked about it at lunch.

      August 25, 2014
  6. The humidity has been horrible here too. Good on you for getting out in it to show your guests around. You took more pictures than I would have taken! Sounds like they had a great time!

    August 25, 2014
    • I hope they did, Linda. It’s hard to have a good time in such heat.

      August 25, 2014
  7. The “Shrewsdays” were absolutely delightful and so sorry that you and MTM trid to melt them like the Wicked Witch in Oz. Love the shots in the Unitarian Church cemetary, I walk through there all the time and always enjoy the “overgrown” nature of it.

    August 25, 2014
  8. i think it sounds wonderful, heat and all )

    August 25, 2014
  9. We Oregonians whimper when it hits 90 in the afternoon. Beach people are especially susceptible.

    August 25, 2014
  10. Heat and humidity be damned! We know you wouldn’t have traded a minute of it! Thanks for sharing. The photos you did take are stunning.

    Trivia Query: I thought command of the Expedition was joint, although Jefferson had charged Lewis with the task.

    August 25, 2014
    • Answer tomorrow, Karen. And you’re right. I wouldn’t have traded it.

      August 25, 2014
  11. Ding, ding, ding. I finally answered correctly. 🙂
    Clark was commander.
    Your pix are great, Andra, and your time with Kate and Crew sounds wonderful, even in the dripping heat. I would have wanted to stay in the bakery as well. We had a really humid scorcher yesterday and today will be worse, so . . . I sympathize, knowing you have this all summer long.

    August 25, 2014
    • It must feel even worse, given that you’ve had a cooler than usual summer overall.

      August 25, 2014
      • We get spoiled pretty fast – so,yes, it feels worse (and it really isn’t all that bad). 🙂

        August 25, 2014
  12. Lance #

    I love the pictures. I feel like you and MTM are friends I’ve known for decades. Weird, huh?

    August 25, 2014
  13. Any chance I could place a pre-order for 75-80 degree weather for the weekend I’m there? I don’t think there’s enough hair product in the world to fix what that kind of heat and humidity will do to me.

    August 25, 2014
    • I hope that’s what you’ll have, Nancy. Today was lovely, but it’s even better here in the mountains. I may need a sweater tonight.

      August 25, 2014
  14. Sounds delightfully steamy! Not sure that’s the perfect condition, but you made the most of it. Good for you!

    August 25, 2014
  15. A wild porpoise would be a treat for me too. 🙂 Good to know you had a great time even if the weather wasn’t cooperating…

    August 25, 2014
  16. tarakianwarrior #

    You two are the best host and hostess ever!

    August 25, 2014
  17. I’m amazed they were in such good spirits when we met them, after that kind of brutality I would have been calling the feds on you!

    August 25, 2014
    • They got a break for a couple of hours before the party. 🙂

      August 25, 2014
  18. Christ, he’s ruthless, that MTM. I’d have waited in Fast and French ( sounds like a cool cat house) until he came back with the video:)

    August 26, 2014
  19. Heat is just part of summer and you were giving the Shrewsday’s the full experience! 🙂 Such fun, Andra. And great pictures. ox

    August 26, 2014
  20. Kir Piccini #

    I think that I would stand in any kind of heat to hear you tell me ghost stories outside a jail. The Shrewsdays are lucky friends.

    August 26, 2014
  21. There: I followed the link to your photos and was just having a great time looking at them when someone prodded me to come out and walk the museums and I never came back to comment! Andra, We will never forget MTMs walk. Perfectly paced, fascinating, colourful: it painted the town in a way few visitors are privileged to see it. Usually I have to visit a museum before I walk a town, so I know how to read it. Not this time 🙂 It was hot, but MTM craftily wove in rest stops and dived into air conditioning wherever necessary. It was, quite simply, fabulous. Thank you both so much.
    And may Charleston have much more future than you think. Kate x

    August 27, 2014
  22. Kathy Waller #

    At first, I was surprised the Shrewsdays survived 108 degree temperatures. Then I remembered Moss Hart’s comment about 19-year-old Julie Andrew’s calm demeanor under pressure during rehearsals for My Fair Lady: “That’s why they won the war.”

    September 4, 2014

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