Savannah, Georgia

Ah, Savannah!  How to begin?  Savannah is the pinnacle of southern beauty and charm.  It made me feel a sense of sorrow and loss on behalf of New Orleans, a city I grew up in and around; Savannah lived up to the potential that New Orleans held, but always fell short of (at least in my mind).

Savannah was thoughtfully laid out, with an abundance of green spaces and parks (all exquisitely clean), the river setting was gorgeous,  and there was plenty to do, and of course, some great food to be eaten.  We were also lucky enough to time this trip when the azaleas were in bloom, so we got some really gorgeous pictures, especially in the cemeteries.

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Eric’s first ferry ride: crossing the Savannah River.

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Our cute, little boat.

The following pictures were taken on our rambling stroll through the river walk area.

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Historic stairs. This town was settled in part by Austrians from Salzburg. Hiking up the hills from the river reminded us of our climb through Fortress Hohensalzburg.

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A peony, perhaps? I had trouble believing this, as the peony plants (trees?) were upwards of eight feet tall.

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L-O-V-E this fence!

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The cemeteries in town had some beautiful headstones and landscaping.

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A statue of James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s city designer, in the square dedicated to him.

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The Town Hall.

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Paula Deen’s restaurant. Gayle, we couldn’t bring ourselves to eat there (too much deep frying and butter), but the building is cute. 😉

After spending most of the day meandering through historic bliss, we set out for Bonaventure Cemetery.  This is a cemetery from a bygone era, when cemeteries were viewed as parks, where one would take the family to picnic, while “visiting” relatives.  Memorials are extravagant and unique.  The cemetery itself is expansive – covering 100 acres; the entire park is dotted with lives oaks and azaleas.  The cemetery is known for its role in the book and movie, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” by John Berendt.  Unfortunately, the iconic Bird Girl statue on the book cover has been moved to a museum.

We arrived at Bonaventure about an hour before closing time, and there simply was not enough time to explore it properly.  Eric drove through its winding roads, and let me out to take pictures whenever I asked.  We barely made it through in an hour.  If we go back, I will plan a whole day there, to explore the beauty and mystery.

Beware: Weeping Angels ahead.  Don’t blink.

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Tell your children not to walk my way!

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Farewell, Savannah!  I hope to be back!

-H

Comments
5 Responses to “Savannah, Georgia”
  1. Jes says:

    There are such things as tree peonies! Did you make it over to Tybee Island?

  2. Becky Robbins says:

    The flowering tree is a Camellia bush. They bloom all winter long. They are beautiful! Thanks for the tour!

  3. Sara says:

    Amazing photos holly! I am enjoying all your posts, hope you are enjoying yourselves. So far it looks like you have seen some great places and I’m thoroughly motivated for a vacation!

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