Savannah...a beautiful city located on the U.S. Intracoastal Waterway in Georgia. My favorite traveling companion, Brea, joined me on this trip. It is such a joy to be able to share this adventure with someone who enjoys the same things I do. Brea and I both love art, history, walking through cemeteries, good food and a good cup of coffee...we had our fill last week. We are just very thankful that Scott's job allows us to see and explore many interesting cities! Thanks, honey! MWAH!
We flew into Savannah late Sunday night...after getting the rental car, we went in search of a place to eat. We were starving but it's a Sunday night in the South...things close early except Waffle House! I never wanted to eat at a Waffle House when the kids were growing up as Brea reminded me, "Mom always said everything is sticky there!" Well there we sat and had a meal that hit the spot and guess what nothing was sticky! LOL.
We drove to the Westin which sits on the opposite side of the intracoastal waterway directly across from Savannah. It's a beautiful hotel with a gorgeous view of the city as you can see from the picture above. We fell asleep in those extra comfy beds...ahhhhh...and had a good night's rest. I must say the bed was too comfy...it was very hard to wake up the next morning...my only bug-a-boo of traveling is going east and the time change. By the time we got up and ready for the day it was 11:00 am.
Breakfast was enjoyed at Huey's on River Street. The best Pain Perdue...that's french toast...for those of you who don't parle francais...with pecan butter and the best cup of joe in the state of Georgia...rich Columbian but we want to know if they added chicory too? We never asked...just enjoyed. I could eat this everyday and we almost did. But remember you have to be at Huey's before 11:30am...that is when they stop serving the Pain Perdue. Yum!
Drove Scott to the golf course and dropped him off to practice. Brea and I were ready to start our visit to lovely Savannah. I love the way this city is set up. The whole historical district has at least 22 garden square parks and all the houses are built around them. These parks have huge shady trees and lots of benches to sit and enjoy life as it passes by. Many movies were filmed here...remember Forest Gump sitting on the bench? It was filmed in Savannah...so now you have an idea of what I mean. We drove to Monterey Square and parked........we were off to see the Mercer Williams House. Yes, the famous house from the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Brea was reading the book and wanted to visit the house where Jim Williams shot his lover.
It is a beautiful house that was built by the great great grandfather of Johnny Mercer and restored to all of it's glory by Jim Williams. The interior is exquisite...there is a spirial staircase and a gorgeous circular stain glass ceiling above the staircase. There were many beautiful antiques that Williams collected. We toured the house with a guide...it was excellent and well worth it but I saw the guide tense up a bit when Brea asked where the bullet hole in the floor of the study was from the shooting. The guide said she had never seen a bullet hole and the guy who wrote the book didn't give factual facts...uh huh!
We walked around and took pictures of the neighborhood...streets with big shady trees with Spanish Moss hanging from everything...lots of old doors and stairs...lovely houses old and new...restored and some as is...very quaint. Every corner something new to see. Everyone loves their little gardens. I found these flowers that looked like the shape of hearts...but I did a little photoshopping the white hearts became pink hearts!
Brea and I were hungry...we came upon a place called Gryphon at the corner of Bull and Charlton. Walked in and it was a renovated old drug store...a huge counter with banks of old drawers that stored everything. I was wishing I could put them in my studio! We sat and order two of the most delicious sandwiches...Brea had a black ham and brie with sliced apples and honey mustard. I ordered the Moroccan Pita...chicken with Moroccan spices, pine nuts, raisins and rice pilaf was to die for. We also found out they had afternoon tea and you know what that means...we'd be back!
Our next stop was the Bonaventure Cemetery.
This Victorian Cemetery was once a plantation. It was turned into a cemetery shortly before the Civil War. Bonventure is typical of the Victorian times when death was romanticized and even referred to as sleep. People would come to the cemetery for Sunday strolls and family picnics. Visits to cemeteries were no longer dreaded events. I just love walking along the lanes of moss cover trees and the beautiful statuary of angels. The gentle breeze makes the moss seem alive as it moves overhead. It's very quiet and peace here.
Here are some of my images of Bonventure.
We got chased out of Bonventure at 5 pm. We drove into the city and stopped at my favorite local coffee place...Cafe Ambrosia...they have coffee that my Dad would say "could raise the dead!" Nice and strong. It was a warm day so Brea and I treated ourselves to iced lattes...good choice for sitting and reading our books for a good hour before we had to pick up Scott. Brea was finishing up "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and I was at the end of "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet. This is a 900 plus page turner...I have never read a book that was a constant roller coaster...one that you were always wondering what was going to happen next! Check it out. Italian dinner and a trip to Barnes & Noble rounded out the day. Stay tune for our next day's adventure in Savannah!