Finally I’m getting back to writing Part two of our trip…and if you missed Part One- Here it is.
Are you dying over this entry? I about passed out from the level of gorgeousness. The textures, colors, details…it just doesn’t stop in Savannah and I think this beautiful picture sums up the city very well. As I said in my last post, there is a certain worldliness about Savannah. She’s seen it, done it and gotten the tee shirt. The paint is peeling in a couple of areas and the plaster is cracking and that’s what I LOVE about this city. She doesn’t put on airs because she doesn’t NEED to. She just is…
For the architecture and design junkies the tours are abundant! What to see? What to do? Here are some ideas:
If you like –there are spooky, ghost filled houses-
There are houses filled with architectural delights- (We couldn’t photograph in here)
Owens Thomas House- This was my favorite home of all that we toured. The English Regency beauty (designed by William Jay in 1816) is an architectural masterpiece. Some of the marvelous features include a brass inlaid staircase, a bridge that spans the second floor and a Greek Key window made of Amber glass that casts a gorgeous pattern on the ceiling in the late afternoon. It also boasts America’s first flushing water closets and had bath tubs and a shower fed by cisterns.
The gardens in the back are lovely as well.
There are homes built by shipping magnates:
This is Armstrong House which currently houses a law firm. It cost almost $700,000 in 1916 which was a giant fortune then. A mixture of Beaux Arts and Italian Renaissance, it had a ballroom, a billiards room, two libraries and has had major movies shot here including, “Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil” and “Cape Fear.”
There are homes that hosted historical figures such as The Green Meldrim House which served as General Sherman’s Headquarters during the Civil War. A great example of Gothic Revival architecture, it was built by Englishman Charles Green with oriel windows and Gothic ornamentation including a parapet and ornate ironwork.
Interestingly, Sherman sent a telegram to President Lincoln offering the city to him as a Christmas gift (along with 25,000 bales of Charles Green’s cotton). The house now serves a rectory for St. John’s Episcopal Church which is next door.
One of my other favorite architectural gems is another gorgeous example of Neo Gothic. It is currently a cute Christmas shop on Bull Street but was originally built to stable Arabian Horses! Later Ford used it as a showroom for cars. Check out the quatrefoils and rounded glass windows.
One of the coolest things to do is grab a map and walk – (or ride the Trolley). There is no shortage of interesting doorways, leaf covered stairs, ornamented windows and inviting porches.
For the book lover (and I’m one of those who can disappear for DAYS in a bookstore), there are fabulous independent bookstores like E.Shaver and The Book Lady. I bought a first edition, signed copy of a diary written by a Southern lady who’s father was a Senator during the Civil War. It’s amazing.
And what goes nicely with a great book?
How about the world’s BEST ice cream at Leopold’s. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love their Chocolate Chewies & Cream (signature flavor)! They have been dishing up ice cream, sundaes and making shakes since 1919. We went twice in a two day period and it was jammed both times.
We also went on a Dolphin Boat and there were so many dolphins, I would swear it was set up. They were jumping, swimming next to the boat and Beans LOVED it. As someone who has seen a lot of dolphins in her day (including kissing one and swimming with them in Florida), I was very impressed with the Savannah dolphins and their Southern hospitality!
We did a lot of walking around town and the Riverfront—The Beans is carrying her purchase of a seashell craft souvenir (a frog made of mini conches playing a banjo made from a scallop) and Mr. V is carrying the entire world (my stuff) in his backpack.
And don’t miss a chance to ride out to nearby Tybee Island. It was a bit chilly the day we went but still a lot of fun to walk the beach and eat at the local fish shack, AJ’s Dockside.
This is a six year old doing her best pirate:
And finally the sign that screams the obvious:
As a wanderer I love to travel. Some trips are better than others…this was one of the betters. Don’t miss Savannah!
We have some upcoming trips planned (one of which involves a famous mouse and a castle and is all about the Beans), and I hope you have a wonderful summer either traveling or staying put with a good book and hopefully some ice cream too.
Thanks for reading,
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