2013-11-25 (Monday) to 2013-12-03 (Tuesday) to Bamberg, SC (from Atlanta,GA) to be with family for Thanksgiving.

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I decided to try and ‘avoid’ traffic by driving to Bamberg on Monday before the holiday and return on Tuesday after the holiday for the same reason. The traffic wasn’t bad and I was glad that I planned the travel during those times.
While visiting my Dad and big brother, my niece and her husband visited them also. On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, my younger brother and his family also visited. We had a GRAND visit and holiday. I ATE TOO MUCH! (who didn’t?)
There is a Christmas light display in Orangeburg, SC that begins after Thanksgiving.

I took many pictures of Bamberg – shopping at Fred’s store, the surrounding area of the store AND the interior ‘old’ Bamberg pictures (in frames) inside of the Home Federal Savings and Loan. The framed pictures had glass which reflected the overhead lights and were not as ‘crisp’ as non-framed photos. Nevertheless, I took a picture of the pictures and posted them for nostalgic purposes. I remembered many of the old buildings and thought that others may enjoy seeing them. (Note: The Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain has sold many of the stores in the area to Bi-Lo. The new store has opened and I took a picture of it at night.)

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We saw it on Friday night and I took some pictures. Unfortunately, the car was moving as I tried to take some of them and the lights are ‘wavy’. I still posted them anyway since they give the ‘idea’ of the display.

We shopped on “BLACK FRIDAY” in Orangeburg and I included some pictures of the store.


On Saturday, we travelled to Charleston,SC and, again, I tried to take pictures from the car while passing houses, buildings, etc. and some were ‘fuzzy’. But, I think that they present the ‘idea’ of what was seen on that day and posted them on the travel-blog website. In Charleston, the “Battery” refers to the penisula where the Ashley River and Cooper River merge to go to the sea. The houses there are magnificent and have survived several hurricanes. Note that the Civil War began on the battery as the Southerners fired cannons toward Ft. Sumter, not far away in the harbor. There is a park on the point which contains cannons and statues. (And beautiful moss-covered oak trees.) Currently, there is some type of construction at the point of the battery and I was able to capture a crane where traffic is detoured. When you drive North from the battery point, you are able to see the “rainbow row” townhouses, which are often captured in pictures and paintings. Also, there are cobblestone roads that are original to the city.


We walked around the slave market area and ate some candy and window-shopped. It was a beautiful day. Near the market is the ‘customs house’ which is very distintive and prominent. The whole city is beautiful. Many years ago, I lived on the Isle of Palms and moved from there to Atlanta. The city has changed in many ways, but the historical buildings have been preserved and the tourist industry thrives. The bridges to and from the peninsula have changed and I would probably get lost without a GPS to guide me to the desired destination.
I took so many pictures, my battery was exhausted.  (I did not pack the charger and it is a ‘special’ kind unique to the camera, so many photographic opportunities were lost.)  After visiting downtown, we went to the James Island Christmas light display. I regret that I wasn’t able to take more pictures, but since the previous ones were fuzzy, it may not matter much.

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