Places

Cuba — Island of Contrasts

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
by Eliza Ingle
Cuba — Island of Contrasts

OUR GROUP OF 22 AMERICANS stood together in the hot, pungent, laundry-strewn courtyard of an apartment building in the center of bustling Havana, Cuba. We had assembled to listen to a local city planner talk about the gems and eyesores of a city where both are equally represented. He was young and passionate about his city... Read »

Are we O-Ku for lunch today?

Monday, September 14, 2015
by Peter Ingle
Are we O-Ku for lunch today?

LUNCH SHOULD BE MORE than an interruption to a busy day. It should be an interlude for body, mind, and soul to remind us that life is about living. If you’re looking for a soothing, stress-free ambiance that happens to serve very (very) fresh sushi and vegetables—not to mention other delectables—then make your way to O-Ku at the... Read »

The Grand Bohemian: Come Be Surprised!

Thursday, September 10, 2015
by Peter Ingle
The Grand Bohemian: Come Be Surprised!

THE NEW HOTEL on the corner of Meeting and Wentworth—the latest addition to The Kessler Collection—is everything you may need and almost nothing you might expect. Don’t let the inconspicuous exterior of The Grand Bohemian fool you. Inside is a vintage ambiance where modern eclectic merges with upscale whimsical in a playful, almost daring mix of... Read »

The Jewel of Mount Pleasant

Friday, February 20, 2015
by Peter Ingle
The Jewel of Mount Pleasant

COLEMAN BOULEVARD is getting downright urban. You can almost forget that you are a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean—until you cross tiny Shem Creek bridge and glance to the south; to the docks and boats and sliver of water leading to Fort Sumter in the distance. That brief view is a treat for the eyes any time of... Read »

City of Palaces

Monday, June 7, 2010
by Peter Ingle
City of Palaces

ON STREET AFTER STREET and building after building, majestic facades reflect their pastel colors in the long summer sun. It’s “white nights” in St. Petersburg, Russia where we are spending the month of June and where the sun barely sets. This picture of a row of former palaces was taken at 9:30 PM just... Read »

First Baptist Church

Monday, May 10, 2010
by ChasToday
First Baptist Church

ROBERT MILLS, architect of First Baptist Church, described it as, “the best specimen of correct taste in architecture of the modern buildings in this city. It is purely Greek in its style, simply grand in its proportions, and beautiful in its detail.” He was mistaken only in its being purely Greek in style, but... Read »

Huguenot Church

Thursday, April 15, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Huguenot Church

GOTHIC WAS ONE of the latest styles introduced in antebellum Charleston, and decorative details of the Gothic style pervade the Huguenot Church at 136 Church Street. The highlights include pointed windows, pier buttresses (the extending supports on the outside of the church) with pinnacles, and simulated vaulting. Even the cast iron fence has Gothic... Read »

St. Philip’s Protestant Episcopal Church

Sunday, April 11, 2010
by Peter Ingle
St. Philip’s Protestant Episcopal Church

THE CURRENT BUILDING at 146 Church Street is the third St. Philip’s Church. It is from an 1836 design by Joseph Hyde which partly replicates the second St. Philip’s that was constructed c. 1721–1733, but which burned in 1835. The exterior of the building closely follows the c. 1721 design, although the interior was... Read »

The Churches of Charleston

Thursday, April 8, 2010
by Peter Ingle
The Churches of Charleston

WHILE CHARLESTON’S historical homes and buildings continue to enchant residents and dazzle tourists, the city’s churches merit special attention and study. You can easily gaze at their designs and details for hours at a time and not see everything. Which is why repeat visits for repeated gazing always yield new treasures. But how is... Read »

Avondale Alive

Friday, September 4, 2009
by Maia Ingle
Avondale Alive

LIVING IN A VIBRANT neighborhood is a beautiful thing. After so many years in large cities—in anonymous condominium developments, dreaming about the charming neighborhoods we meandered through on our Sunday drives—we finally achieved our dream of moving back to Charleston and into Old Windermere. Old Windermere is a stone’s throw (a five-minute walk) from... Read »

Across the USA

Sunday, August 23, 2009
by Peter Ingle
Across the USA

SURROUNDED BY THE BEAUTY AND CHARM of Charleston, it’s hard to fathom the breadth of the American continent. You realize this more vividly as you drive across this expansive country—as you navigate the freeways of large cities, as you pass town after town, remote valley after remote valley, mountain range after incredible mountain range,... Read »

Serious Ceramics

Thursday, August 20, 2009
by Peter Ingle
Serious Ceramics

IF YOU THINK of ceramics as pottery, think again. But to do so, you may have to visit Bakersville, North Carolina, some 15 miles south of the Tennessee border in Mitchell County. Yes, it’s worth the drive for the ceramics and other works of art, not to mention the stunning beauty of this remote... Read »

City of Dreams

Friday, August 7, 2009
by Oksana Petrovna
City of Dreams

ONCE YOU’VE SEEN the view of this city from the sea, you can’t forget it. It’s not just the morning air on deck chilling your face, or the salt water lapping against the hull. It’s the marsh grass bending in the waves. It’s the seagulls gliding and screeching, and the lone figure of a... Read »

It is with life as it is with art: the deeper one penetrates, the broader the view.                   
~ Johann Goethe


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