When I contacted the Marketing Department of Collette Vacations a few weeks ago telling them that I planned to go on their Southern Charm tour and blog about my experiences, little could I have imagined that they would see this as an opportunity to create an interactive event on their Facebook page featuring me! A member of their staff, Courtney (Art Director for Collette Vacations) and her sister Leeza were already planning to take the trip as well so it was arranged that Courtney would take pictures of me as I soaked up the charms of the south. I'd been on many photo shoots in my days as a print model in Las Vegas so this was going to be like old times!
|Courtney and Leeza at the Jekyll Island Club
Courtney, Leeza and I ended up spending a great deal of time together and they absolutely made my trip. They invited me to go on a Ghost Walk with them our first night in Charleston and it turned out to be one of the best experiences I had! Who knew? Then there was the evening on Jekyll Island when they invited me out for a drink and we ended up at the hotel Pub being thoroughly entertained by Cindi the bartender telling us about their resident ghosts. If it hadn’t been for the “girls” inviting me to join them on several occasions, I probably would have just gone to bed and missed out on some very fun adventures.
At the end of each exceedingly eventful day, Courtney returned to her room to put together these great collages from the pictures she took during the day which were then posted on Collette Vacation’s Facebook page with a short update on the day’s activities. I think she did a wonderful job. Thanks, Courtney, for making me look so good!
So here’s a taste of what the next few blogs are going to be about, thanks to Courtney’s terrific photography!
|The first thing place we visited in Charleston was The Citadel, one of 6 military colleges in the United States. It sits on 300 acres of prime South Carolina real estate and is
Charleston's pride and joy.
|After touring a couple of Charleston's lovely mansions, we shopped a bit at the old City Market and had lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. where I sampled some "she-crab" soup. YUM!
|From left to right: Karen, Barbara, me and Leeza enjoying a perfect evening on Jekyll Island.
|Our last day was spent touring St. Augustine, Florida. Settled in 1565, it is the oldest settlement in the United States. Unfortunately the day was very hot and humid which kept us mostly in the air-conditioned stores contributing to the economy!
Next time: My "Southern Charm Tour" begins in Charleston, South Carolina!
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