The second day was full of shopping and food and looking at all the gorgeous architecture.
Another outstanding example of Savannah churches is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
This is just a drop in the bucket in regards to the architecture. The mansions and row houses around the squares are gorgeous and the ironwork is so beautiful. There is a lot of iron work on the homes and the story is that the wealthier you were the more iron you had on your house so there you go.
|the famous Mercer House -- owned by the singer John Mercer at one time|
We ate at two places while there -- The Cafe at City Market and The Six Pence Pub. The Cafe at City Market was a very popular place, rustic in style and the food was great. The Six Pence Pub, however, was fabulous.
And, then, of course, you have to do a little shopping. There were great shopping places -- one called Silver Silk and Beads had gorgeous silver pendants that were designed reminiscent of the elaborate iron work you see around the city. Gorgeous but I decided to go to Twinkle and buy a cute little turquoise cross body bag with matching bi-fold wallet (tiny but it works!) and pom pom key chain which I really needed -- I really did!
It was a wonderful day -- the weather was gorgeous -- the citizens were excited about the upcoming St. Patrick's Day festival and everybody was decorating and feeling the festive atmosphere. Personally, though, I am glad that we were gone before St. Patrick's Day because apparently it gets really rowdy -- people actually travel to attend so it isn't a totally local 'thing'.
The first day we used the trolley and my knees were thankful -- sort of -- climbing on and off those buses wasn't easy -- but the second day we walked everywhere and decided to take a Ghost Tour that evening.
It was a grand tour that included dinner at The Pirate House -- a restaurant housed in a building that was built in 1734 making it the oldest building in Georgia. The meal was lovely -- although a LOT of food --my meal alone could have fed all four of us -- and it was ended with a tour of the basement -- the very haunted basement. Do I believe in ghosts? Yes. Did I see or feel any? No. With that said, the entire atmosphere of the city seems charged with excitement. Does that have anything to do with the paranormal activity that is supposedly strong or was it just St. Patrick's Day? I don't know but next time I go I definitely want to go to the CVS that is built on the site of the original jail -- seems that the spirits like to turn over shelving on the customers. Sounds like fun!
The next day saw us sadly heading out of Savannah toward Birmingham Alabama. While there we visited the 16th Street Baptist Church which was the site of the 1963 bombing that killed four little girls. We learned that two of these girls were Girl Scouts which made it even sadder -- these girls were apparently strong examples of what we all want our daughters to be -- smart, leaders, caring -- what a shame. The whole area was sad -- the park across the street that was dedicated to these girls with statues and plaques was just so sad. I remember the events at that church but it seems much more recent than 1963.
Leaving there we headed to our hotel where we discovered that we were just too tired to go eat. So, the Hubs and the Daughter walked across the street to a Publix and bought the makins for a picnic in our hotel room. It was a great change from restaurant food -- even as lovely as it had been.
Finally, the morning found us rising and shining and heading out for the 12 hour drive back to Fort Worth. It was a long, hard drive (it rained the entire way across Mississippi) and I was so glad to see a Whataburger! Exhaustion set in, and we were glad to see our own bed. It took me about three days to recover.
Would I do it again? You bet -- with some changes -- I would choose to go to Savannah -- on an airplane -- and stay in downtown where I could walk to everything. But yes -- and I probably will!