Friday, March 22, 2013

First day of spring in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia. 

As blustery as the ocean was yesterday, it was calm as glass today.  The sun was shining but it was quite cool today.  Today the winds were gusting from the island out to the ocean. By the time we got back to the hotel, kids were in the pool and people were lying in the sun with their suits on.  The pool and terraces are in a nice little warm pocket, but stand up and goosebumps appear :)

The house was amazing, amazing doesn't seem like a big enough word to describe some of these houses

You could walk for miles and miles, or bike or run or .....

Seemed like a good day to head down to Savannah, Georgia.  Fifty minutes later after a nice drive through the countryside and over a gigantic bridge we arrived in Savannah.  At the bottom of the bridge is the visitors centre and tons of people trying to sell their bus tours.  In the centre we met a lovely lady who gave us a map, explained the highlights and told us to go for a nice walk.  Which is exactly what we did.  The city just oozes history, from their 24 squares with stately houses surrounding them, to the Spanish moss hanging from trees that are 100's of years old to their cobblestone streets down by the water.  Savannah is still a very busy port city.  They have done a great job of keeping the old warehouses intact by turning then into restaurants, pubs and art galleries.  It is amazing to think that this was one of the major slave ports of the world.  We had lunch at Vic's Fine Dining, a beautiful restaurant in one of the harbour warehouses, while we were walking into it a large black man was singing Amazing Grace in an amazing voice - goosebumps.   Next stop was the Paula Deen gift shop.  Hey y'all, how y'all doing was everywhere, on napkins, bags, aprons, etc.  Just past Paula's place was a candy store where you could watch them make fresh pralines and toffee. Yes we bought a couple, delish

Savannah was built around 24 squares.  Each one named after a famous person in the history of  Savannah

A wonderful little restaurant right on the waterfront

The trees and the moss were amazing

Back at the hotel after another full day, a little rum and coke and possibly a walk up to get a pizza. 

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