I have traveled all over the world.
In my heart, though, there is “no place like home.” And when I say home, I mean the United States and more specifically my beloved South. There are a few cities across the South that are quintessentially Southern, and Savannah is one of them. It’s also the backdrop of one my favorite books, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Come along with me on our tour of Savannah we made recently.
Our Tour of Historic Old Savannah, Georgia
I need to have a little sit down talk with y’all – it will only take me a few minutes. I wish I could sit down with each of you with a glass of sweet tea or coffee and visit for a while. Last week was kind of a wakeup moment for me. My husband was in a head-on collision and when they did a CT scan at the ER, they found a large mass on his kidney. On top of that, after our Savannah trip my body completely and literally gave out on me. I have decided that I am going to take a hiatus of sort from blogging for a few months. We will be traveling quite a bit to see family. My sweet sister-in-law, who was stricken with Alzheimer’s at a young age, had to be put into a home so we are going to stay with my brother in law for a few days. I will post here and there as I can, but it won’t be on a regular basis. And this week, I will publish the final three chapters of my novel. I have a confession! I REALLY loved writing this novel and have another one already in the works. I could totally and completely see myself doing that full-time if I could get published. We shall see. But all of y’all are my friends and so much a part of my life, I wanted you to know what was going on and why I would be a little absent these next few months. I know each of you totally understand. Love to all. xxoo
(my mama on the Trolly Tour)
Last week, we mourned the loss of my sweet daddy’s passing a year ago and celebrated his life, too. My mama asked if we could go out of town, and when we asked her where she wanted to go, she asked to go to Savannah as she had never been. Savannah it was! So, she and my sister and I spent a glorious week sight-seeing, eating wonderful food, drinking wine and laughing and sharing memories about Daddy.
I am breaking this trip up into two parts. This post iI am sharing some of the magnificent Squares and Homes in the historic district. We took the Old Savannah Trolly Tours, which was a day long pass to hop on and hop off wherever we chose. It was definitely the way to see the city and decide which places we wanted to see in person and explore further. If you ever go to Savannah, I highly recommend this particular company as they go above and beyond to make their clients feel entertained and educated about their beautiful city. Oh, and ask for “Big E” as your driver. He’s a local comedian and oh boy what a colorful and hilarious entertainer he is. He had us laughing until we almost…well, you know. So let’s get started. Oh, I won’t be sharing all of the names of these homes ’cause I am lazy. But if you’re like me, you just love seeing these beauties and don’t really need to know their names. Enjoy!
Let’s start with the Squares!
Savannah is known for their “Squares.” The city started out with 24 squares in it’s original formation and 22 remain in tact. Me and my mama and sister decided that our absolute fave square was Chippewa Square. We walked around it the first night we arrived after eating at a delightful English Pub. Okay enough words, on with the pictures…
I can’t explain the majesty of these huge, ancient trees. They’re sprawling limbs reach out as if they are saying, “Welcome to the South. Come and sit a spell.” I was totally and completely mesmerized by these grand ole’ ladies.
Some of the Squares were large and covered a city block or more, and others were smaller and more intimate.
Most all of the Squares featured beautiful historical monuments. Savannah has an eclectic history ranging from a vast Revolutionary and Colonial Era to the Civil War.
All were very majestical and added to the beauty and the allure of the Squares.
This is a smaller one, but one of my favorites.
All around the Squares were magnificent homes ranging from Italianate to Georgian style and even some extremely old Colonial ones. I could not take enough pictures.
Many homes were stand alone, but there were also a lot of row house type homes. Here are just a few of my favorites.
This next home has been owned at one point or another by several well known celebrities. It’s also my fave home of them all. Joe Namath owned it at one time and had hopes to turn it into a “Gentleman’s Club” – but thankfully the city turned down his request.
Look at the entry… (all of this is created using iron instead of the standard wood)
What I loved about the 3 and 4-story row houses were how they all featured these amazing balconies and stairs, and most were landscaped with breathtaking greenery and flowers.
And here is my favorite door and entryway…
Speaking of trees, I could not help but share the oldest tree in Savannah – well over 450 years old. Is this not a magnificent creature? The stories it could tell!
I mentioned earlier the reason I loved Old Savannah Trolly Tours over the competitor (and I am NOT being paid to say this) – all along the way we would make stops at certain homes, and the “owners” would board and tell us about their story. Once it was a Soldier, and another time it was a freed Haitian slave. They really went above and beyond to give you the whole Savannah experience.
I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of Savannah. Part 2 will feature the Cathedral Tour which was just renovated and of course, no trip to Savannah would be complete without a trip to Paula Deen’s Shop and The Lady and Son’s Restaurant. I will also give you my “foodie” review, as well. 🙂
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