The Ottumwa Courier


April 19, 2013

No crab at The Crab House



I will admit that I developed a fondness for those greens - they know how to cook them properly.

A tea plantation tour was fun, and I learned it is the only tea-growing firm in North America. The owner of the plantation did have a beautiful house.

Speaking of great houses, if you are ever down that way, stop to tour Biltmore mansion. Wow. Now, that's a house! We thoroughly enjoyed the self-guided tour complete with head phones and recorded comments.

Thanks to a couple of gals on the bus, we did get to dip our feet in the Atlantic Ocean at Tybee Island near Savannah. I could stay on a beach like that for many days.

I loved Charleston with its Southern charm and openness. We found some bargains at the city market and enjoyed watching women weave those beautiful sea grass baskets. A tour of the Citadel military college included a stop in a church where all the state flags are hung. Guess who didn't know what the Iowa flag looked like? All of us.

We boarded a boat to tour Fort Sumter where the Civil War started. It was a great history lesson. I enjoyed lunch in Beaufort, S.C., home base for Marine Corps training. A great cemetery tour there as well as one in Savannah.

I was disappointed with the Savannah market, riverfront shops and the Atlanta Underground. But, the Savannah water front was intriguing, and the hotel location was great, right downtown in the historic district, with the free city bus rides close by. It was fun riding the eight-story escalator up to CNN studios in Atlanta, Ga., and although I would have rather come straight home the last day of the tour, I found the small Lewis and Clark Museum in St. Charles, Mo., on the Missouri River, fascinating. It's a place to visit again.

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