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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Savannah - Part Four - We go exploring...A Cemetery, A Fort, A Lighthouse and some grilled oysters

After having spent the entire previous day exploring Savannah on foot, we decided to give our tired old puppies a rest. We headed to the car and spent the next day making the rounds of some of the surrounding area.

We made a trip to Bonaventure Cemetery, also prominently featured in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

This short drive proved to be well worth the time invested. As soon as we stepped foot in this ancient (by United States definition of ancient) place you could feel the presence of peace and serenity.

The trees that line the drives in this cemetery are, in some places, 250 years old and have been noted on the Georgia Landmark and Historic Tree Registry.

The statues were amazing!

As you passed the family plots and saw the markers it was only natural to wonder about the lives of those who had been laid to rest there. I thought of what kind of life they had lived and what brought about their death. The occasional marker of an infant or a very young child would pull at your heart and you would feel the pain of grief for the loss of one so young. I found myself talking in hushed tones and just letting the peaceful serenity wash over me.

One of the more fascinating things about this cemetery is that it was divided up into two sections.

The Jewish section was on the right and the Christian or Protestant section on the left.

On some of the markers we saw small piles of stones either on top of the marker or in various places either at the foot of the marker or in some instances placed seemingly randomly in different locations.

I have always wondered about this practice. (click this link to find out about this Jewish practice)

We left Bonaventure and drove to Tybee Island.

Not just "drift wood" but a whole "drift tree"

We spend a pleasant few minutes on the beach.

Just over a minute of video, a little taste of the beach!

We then drove to Old Fort Jackson

Not much to look at, but it was a pivotal piece of Georgia history and it is the oldest standing brick structure in Georgia. I took several more pictures there but I will spare you the riveting details of which regiment built what after which pivotal battle ....bla bla bla bla bla.

I can sense y'alls astonishment at my historical expertise (NOT) bla bla bla bla that's what I hear in my head during those informational videos that you stand and watch at those historical exhibits.

Which we did ...bla bla bla.....


Can y'all tell I'm a real fan of history!!!!

Moving on to the real excitement of the day.

After another long day of site seeing we had made plans to stop at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House. If ya don't know Uncle Bubba is Paua Deen's baby brother.
They have just opened a new restaurant.

Uncle Bubba's Oyster House.

We actually got to see Uncle Bubba live and in person behind the bar.

Sadly we did not have the clout to wrangle a reservation at Uncle Bubba's, so throwing caution to the wind we showed up at 5:30 only to be told we had an hour and a half wait......now under normal circumstances the hubs and I wait for no meal, let alone an hour and a half, however, we had received a coupon from the Lady & Son's for a buy one entree get one free so we were dug in.

To pass the time we bellied up to the bar for our wait. The hubs had a glass of wine and I sampled a "Summertini" it was OK, not $8 good, but live and learn.

Since we were starving, we ordered a dozen of there house specialty: The Famous Grilled Oysters

If you like oysters then this will send you over the edge. A generous helping of melted butter, melted Parmesan cheese served fresh from the grill over top sizzling oysters on the half shell, along with two pieces of garlic bread for soaking up all the left over buttery garlicky oyster juice.

Sounds Good and it was!

Having staved off our hunger pangs "temporarily" we continued to wait for our name to be called.

Finally after nearly one hour and 45 minutes, we were ushered to our table.

The hubs ordered what they call "The Full Bubba".

A sampling of everything from there seafood menu served up perfectly fried with a side of rice and a veggie.

On the advice of the waitress I opted for the Crab Stuffed Flounder and also helped myself to a few of my husbands fried delicacies. The scallops were fantastic, and I am not a huge fan of seafood, but everything we had was wonderful.

My only criticism was I did not think that the decor (diner style) and the atmosphere was in line with their prices. When all was said and done we spent way to much for our meal. We spent as much at the bar as we would have normally spent for the two of us to have dinner back home, but we are total cheapskates, so in my humble opinion it was a bit pricey.

Oh and we got the Key Lime Pie and Pecan Pie to go and enjoyed that back at the hotel.

Between the bar and the dinner we spent almost $85.00 and that is with an entree for free....YIKES!!!!!!!!!!

And last but not least, the picture of the trip!

This was by far the most beautiful picture I took while we were in Savannah.

I wish we had been able to have gone exploring this historic site but sadly on they day we were there it was closed to the public. I was able to wrangle a picture by a few well placed camera angles through the locked wrought iron gates.

Can't y'all just see the southern belle's in their hoop skirts and the horse and buggies making there way down this shaded driveway.

Tomorrow I plan to post the 300 plus additional pictures I took while I was there with an in-depth description on each one.

For those of you who stuck it out till then end of my Savannah dissertation I humbly thank you and beg your indulgence for my lengthiness of this series.
I have probably lost all of my followers.

It was simply so beautiful and so much fun I just had to share!



a portland granny said...

What a wonderful trip! As I read your descriptions, it brought to mind, a series of books I read as a young woman...set in Georgia. They were by a contempary of mine, Eugenia Price--historically accurate, and so beautifully done. Her different series are on this website. http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/p/eugenia-price/

If you like historical fiction, I think you would find her work very captivating...and much more meaningful after having had your wonderful visit to Savannah!

Kim said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed the four-part Savannah mini series! :-) Since I can't go myself I can enjoy the experience vicariously. Thanks for sharing your stories and your photos!

Patrice said...

Great photos! I will have to say, you pushed me over the edge with the picture of the oysters!! I love oysters and I can just imagine how yummy they were. Oh my!!

Terri Tiffany said...

I loved seeing the pictures. It is beautiful there! I would love it too. But NOT the food! UGH--glad you enjoyed that part!

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