Since we arrived in Charleston for a two-month visit, I was looking forward to a carriage ride because of the favorable comments from a friend about the experience. We waited for a warm sunny day and went to Palmetto for our morning ride. The staff were pleasant and friendly and the driver was a non-stop narrator during the hour ride. I was not aware that there were several different routes for these rides and we were not given a choice . . . apparently this is common practice and not possible. I was not particularly interested in the grounds of the College of Charleston nor the sorority and fraternity houses. I can see those anywhere in the United States. I know little about Charleston but I was aware that we turned a block before we could see one of Philip Simmon's beautiful wrought iron gates on Anson Street, something more interesting to see. Anticipating an opportunity to photograph beautiful homes and architecture, I took few pictures worth publishing and was terribly disappointed. I spoke to one of the cashiers upon our return and she volunteered to refund our money or give us another chance at a ride...again without knowing which route we'd be on. I took the money. Perhaps it's better to engage an independent carriage so you can see the parts of Charleston that interest you.
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