Friday, April 26, 2013

My Only Gripe (And it's a big one.)

Miss "No Pictures Inside",  Mt. Pleasant, SC,  -  2013
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As visitors to this blog have likely surmised by this time, I really like Charleston. I mean I really like Charleston. However, it's not perfect. I do have one major gripe.

On our visits to Charelston we have toured some of the beautiful old homes that have been so wonderfully restored to their former grandeur. But it's really a bummer after paying $15-20 to take a tour of the interior to be told, "No photographs inside the house." What?! It seems to be the policy at all the old houses, but to me it's like going to a restaurant and being told you can't eat the food. Of course they'll be glad to sell you an overpriced picture book at the gift shop to remember your visit. Gee, thanks.

The woman in the picture above was our guide at Boone Hall Plantation. She seemed so nice at first, all smiles as she posed in her hoop skirt for all of us toting cameras as we waited at the front door for the tour to begin. Then she dropped the "No pictures inside" bomb, and my opinion of her and Boone Hall changed immediately. I kept my mouth shut, though. I couldn't see what she might be holding behind her back. Maybe a whip, ready to lay a few lashes on the back of anyone who dared to sneak a photo? I wasn't taking any chances.


  1. I know how you feel. I have this same beef with the Biltmore House. While I kinda get the whole flash photography might dull the old stuff, what if I don't use the flash. Isn't it bad enough you just charged me out the wazoo to look around? Now you want me to give you an arm and a leg for their photos. Grrrrr!

  2. She has that Old School Marm stature. I would be careful too.
    Too bad you couldn't record the insides...the old homes must have so much character and be a photographers dream.