Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Savannah, Georgia, March 6, 2015

We decided to spend a day in Savannah as we traveled from Florida to North Carolina.  Our oldest grandson was a sous-chef there for several years and continually raved about the beautiful city.  When he heard we were going to stop in the city, he gave us a list of places to go and things to see.  We saw a few, enough to know we could spend a week or two there and not run out of new places and things.

We happened to pick a day between two beautiful warm typical days.  It was one of those cases of "You should have been here yesterday."  The temperature ranged from 42 degrees F to 48 degrees F.  Being from Ohio where there was ice and snow when we left, we had proper clothing.

There are several tour options available but Tom decided to drive.  Handicapped accessible transportation has given him trouble in the past.

Our destination was River Street.  John, our grandson, recommended a restaurant there, The Shrimp Factory.  The traffic pattern was different from any Tom had ever driven in.  There were small parks called squares in the "middle" of the streets.

Wright Square  with the memorial to William Washington Gordon, an ancestor of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.

The directions to circle them were clearly marked.

Pulaski Square


John said we shouldn't miss the fountain in Forsyth Park.  We circled the park twice so I could take photos.  But Tom was on a mission, River Street and The Shrimp Factory, and there were no parking lots.  Must be because the town was built by 1734.

Onward...

Lots of impressive buildings...

Interesting second story entrances...


Beautiful entrance to the Colonial Park Cemetery established around 1750

 The Savannah Cotton Exchange was  in use in 1887.  This is a view of the Exchange from Bay Street which is on the bluff.  We are looking at the upper stories of the building. The lower stories are on River Road at the bottom of the bluff.  Remember that was the street that Tom was looking for.


River Street...  much of it covered in cobblestones.

We parked facing the Savannah River. You can see the driver's side mirror in the lower right corner. Watching the river traffic was a novel experience for us since we are from the farmlands of Ohio.


Below, a container ship coming toward us...

and as it moves up the river.



The stairs from the top of the bluff down to River Street.  Each step is nearly as tall as the woman's boots.


The Shrimp Factory almost directly across from our parking place...



We had an excellent lunch and good conversation with the waitress who was from...Michigan!

We left via the cobblestone exit to see more of Savannah in the afternoon.



1 comment:

Far Side of Fifty said...

Looks like a great place to spend a few days! No doubt the food was fantastic! :)