|After reading, The Garden of Good and Evil, long ago, I always wished to see Savannah. So here we were. What to see and do. First stop was the Visitor’s Bureau, always a wealth (sometimes overwhelmingly so) of information. Local trolley tours begin at their doorstep so it was easy to simplify our first day here. The trolley was a hop on, hop off so we could explore different stops. My take away is that this is an old city with lots of beautiful architecture. The city is laid out in a grid pattern with beautiful park like squares in the midst of many of the neighborhoods. Some of the old homes are really just historically significant and beautiful. One of my favorite tidbits from the tour was the fact that many homes have “haint” paint. Haint paint is a light blue/green paint which is applied on the underside of the porch/entry way to the home (not always visible from the street) to keep away ghosts. It’s on at least 50% of the homes. Why not, eh? But seriously, there is lots to see; a beautiful waterfront area with shops, bars and restaurants with a pedestrian Market Street and did I mention a restaurant called, A Lady and her Sons….a Paula Deen restaurant. It is a major tourist attraction. We tried to get a table here but the extremely long wait deterred us. I do like to watch her on my favorite channel, Food Network (when I have cable), but tasting her food will have to happen on another trip. Instead we opted for enjoying a beer at the waterfront, which is always our favorite spot in any city, and lunch from a busy take away spot. In the end, the food was quite good and we enjoyed it on a park bench with many others in the nearby Oglethorpe Square. This option was definitely less touristy and much more like a local which we try to emulate being travelers, not tourists. The line does get a bit blurred from time to time.
On another day trip we visited Tybee Island, a seasonal vacation destination. It too had nice beaches but the sand was definitely more brown and a bit cooler than Florida but busy nonetheless. We stopped at a restaurant which was not rated well but was high on the list for seeing alligators. The establishment sells chunks of meat for fascinated tourists to feed their domesticated (?) alligators. The alligators looked well and seemed well taken care of and I must admit fun to watch.
We also took a drive out to the Wormsloe State Historic site/plantation on the Isle of Hope, founded by one of the original settlers, Noble Jones in 1739. The 1.5 mile drive of live oak trees to the site was really stunning. I only wish we had nice weather as the pictures would have been stunning, but such is the life of a traveler, you’ve got to take what you get. The site had some interesting artifacts from the original settlers here. The surrounding marshes along the Intracoastal Waterway here are like a huge maze which made the defense of this property all the more challenging.
With weather turning rainy here we decided to move along and head northward.