Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Oh yeah!!

Crossing the Talmadge Memorial Bridge into Savannah...

The famous Mrs. Wilke's House...

My honey, holding our place in line while I park...

It gets much longer than this!

Nice...

First Baptist Church...

Love the phone booth at the Six Pence...

The lovely Mercer Williams House...

One of my favorite homes today!

One of the 22 squares in the historic district...

The Armstrong House, built 1916-1919...Mr Armstrong was a member of the Cotton...

Magnolia Hall, the guest house for SCAD

Check out the crest above the archway...

A lovely gazebo in one of the other squares...

Note of the pet watering fountain here...

This was one of my favorties, check out the roof line decor...

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, construction began 1873 and was completed...

Three entrances...

Wow, how beautiful is this....

The stained glass windows are amazing...

As are the many stations...

Wish you could see all of the detail work here...

If you visit Savannah, this church is a must see...

The beauty continues to amaze us...

The organ is upstairs...

A zoomed in shot of it...beautiful

Lady & Sons, Since 1989...

Not nearly as large as we imagined...

The Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences...

This home was ordered from a Sears & Roebuck catalog!

The windows were installed upside down because that'sthe way the instructions came,...

Doesn't she make a grand pirate? Love the face!

The architecture here in Savannah is wonderful...

A neat balcony decoration at this place!

Love the flag lined street...

These rocks were loaded on ships for weight distribution, then unloaded when...

Shopping by the water, Fannie's Your Aunt, Bob's Your Uncle stores, lol...

Lot's of cook stuff at the Market Place, I didn't buy anything...

Savannah's Waving Girl, unofficial greeter of ships that entered and left the...

A tugboat making it's way down the Savannah River...

Paula Deen's Restaurant sign, cute...

The city hall, pretty all lit up as it gets dark...

Time to head for home, back across the Talmadge Bridge...


When we arrived in Savannah we were looking forward to dining at Paula Deen's Restaurant, the Lady & Sons. But after talking to several longtime residents we decided to try Mrs. Wilke's Dining Room instead. It's been around much longer & the truth is, most of the locals feel it is the best dining experience in the city, especially for fried chicken. One of Larry's favorites for sure. We arrived at 10:15am to insure that we would be one of the first seated for the day. Even then the line was already forming.

Mrs. Wilke's has been in operation since 1943 and offers up wonderful Southern home cooking. It’s only open for lunch from 11 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday. It’s $16 a person and they only take cash or check. Once inside, we were seated at a table for 10. Water & sweet tea was already in place as were corn muffins and biscuits. The meal was served family style, with three meats and 20+ side dishes! Today that included cornbread dressing, candied yams, black-eyed peas, okra & tomatoes, cabbage, snap beans, Macaroni & cheese, rutabaga, squash, butter beans, creamed corn, rice & gravy, mashed potatoes, pickled beets, red rice, English peas & noodles and finally, baked beans. For dessert there was banana pudding and cherry cobbler. Unbelievable! The food just kept coming, along with platters & platters of the best chicken ever! The table remained seated until everyone was through eating, and then we were asked to carry our dishes to the kitchen so that they could prepare for the next table of 10! Too funny!!!

Afterward we went to the Oglethorpe Trolley Tour parking lot to board for our 90 minute narrated tour of the historic district of Savannah. Oglethorpe is $15 per person as compared to $26 for most of the others. They also do an uninterrupted tour which we liked. The others stop every 5-10 minutes to drop folks off or pick folks up along the way. Our tour offered unlimited on/off privileges with a smaller shuttle for the entire day after completing the uninterrupted earlier tour. Our guide, Micky, was very knowledgeable and her love of this city made it very interesting.

The Historic District of Savannah is the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks drizzling with silvery Spanish Moss. The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, Savannah contains more than twenty city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras.

Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South's first public museums), the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third oldest synagogue in America), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America).

After completing our trolley tour we picked up our truck & headed back down to the market/bay area to look around a bit more. The weather was beautiful as is the city, we can certainly understand why Savannah is a favorite vacation destination for many. Our time here was way too short to do the area justice so we plan to add this to our 'need to make this a return destination' list. Tomorrow we head to Florida. Oh my, time is flying by way too quickly!



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