C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friendly Friday

We spent Thursday night just south of Charleston. Chomping at the bit but the swift, flooding current  in Elliot Cut would not  allow us to make the 15:30 opening of Wapoo Creek swing bridge.   Due to rush hour restrictions the next opening wold be 18:30. It was ok to anchor early and get a good nights sleep.

A new friend of our Daniel, who we met in Marathon, arrived in Charleston earlier on Thursday.  Eager to catch up with Daniel, we started early in the morning to work with the tide and bridge. We tied into the Ashley Marina with time to do laundry, take a shower and meet new folks!

 Daniel came over around 15ish to go walking around town.  One of my favorite things to do! So, off exploring we went and discovered great allyways, amazing buildings, wonderful iron works some with much flourish ans curly Q's and then we found the shops and boutiques. Ah, such wonderful things to catch my eyes. I didn't expect to come across was an artisian bakery. Oh the breads in the window. I was staring and I am sure my jaw was slack. The boys had gone ahead and I was admiring the view. They took in the wonderful sight and suggested we go in. Yes, great idea. Alas, it was closed, bummer. Maybe tomorrow? Of we went slightly dejected. Then all of a sudden as if in a movie. We heard a womans voice yell, "Wait, come back!" Huh? We turned around and it was the woman from the bakery. She was willing to open back up for us! YES!

Well, she informed us she was closed and she would like to give us some bread. What? I was giddy. I was high as a kite, really. She wanted to know what kind of bread we wanted and told us what was left and I said one of everything. But really through fits of giggles I asked for a sliced loaf and an orange rosemary and I asked her if I could please pay for it. No way,  she was giving it away and the 2 patrons in the store also got to go baguettes! We went home with 2 baguettes, 2 loaves of sliced and one boule of orange rosemary bread. Welcome to Charleston!  Normandy Farms Artisan Bakery you are amazing!

After that we looked around and Daniel spied the Charleston Beer Excahnge. Wow, bread and beer does it get better than this? Jeff and I love Green Flash IPA and they had it so we got two of them two locally brewed beers and two from breckenridge. We were on cloud nine.
Beer & Bread - bounty from our Charleston visit
Next stop on this journey? Dinner. We went to Mellow Mushroom had a super dinner of pizza and beer, get this it was happy hour so all the beers were half off! This was beginning to feel like the best day of my life.

While walking back to the marina we stumbled upon Kudo - Coffee & Beer.  Intrigued we ventured inside. Jeff ordered a decaf, the barista brewed it with a bit of cinnamon and the flavor hit the spot.

On our walk home we talked and talked and went to Daniels for some tea and by the time we strolled to our boat we were dog tired. Yup best day ever!

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