Saturday, January 8, 2011


If you are looking for another great Southern city to visit consider Savannah, Georgia. Founded in 1733, Savannah is a city of about 135,000 people. It is easy to reach off I-95. A great way to get an overview of the City is by tram or horse drawn carriage tour. These tours visit many of the 22 squares that are an architectural feature of the city. Many of these squares are full of Spainish moss laden trees (see photo). This square is where Forest Gump had his box of chocolates moment in the movie. Around the squares are antebellum homes and other historic landmarks. There is lots of history in the city. You won't go hungry in Savannah, which is also the home of Paula Deen. Her restaurant Lady and Sons is always crowded. We also enjoyed her brothers restaurant Uncle Bubba's Oyster House which is on the way to Tybee Island. ALso restaurants of note are the historic Pirates House and Mrs Wilkes Dining Room. The area has lots of history, there are also antique and art galleries to visit.Of note is the Savannah College of Arts and Design which has many buildings in the city. The city also has beautiful flowers and trees. You can also shop or eat in the City Market (see photo)
Outside the city is Tybee Island (see lighthouse photo). This is one of the early lighthouses which has been restored. There is also WWII military fortifications. There are some nice beaches and funky places to eat on the island. On the way from Savannah you will also pass Ft Pulaski National Monument.
The city is also on the Savannah River where you can take cruises or shop along the River walk. Savannah is also a port.
Savannah is not too far from Charleston South Carolina. A good trip is to hit both cities.

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