With our tummies full we set to explore Savannah.
The minute we stepped out of the hotel it was a constant feast for the eyes.
Around every corner were....
Picturesque squares, 22 of them to be exact, each one we strolled through was unique and you could just envision yourself whiling away a spring morning with your coffee and paper under the dappled shade of the life oaks.
With only a few days we did not get to visit all 22 of these wonderful little parks but we saw almost half of them.
Each park had a name and most times some sort of historical statue or plaque telling you about the famous person represented in the statue or marker. Some of the squares even were the final resting place of some of the more prominent Savannah citizens back in the day.
This next place was by far one of my favorites.
I had seen this fountain many times on television, however standing in front of it was amazing. The tree lined view of it form a distance was stunning. As we approached the central focus of this beautiful park we noticed that there was a wedding be set up.
A wedding in Savannah
Can you imagine having this as the backdrop for your wedding!
or walking down this rose petal lined path to meet the man you love??
Sadly, we did not have time to linger to actually see the wedding, but it was nice to imagine it.
The live oaks were amazing and covered with the elegantly draped Spanish moss. There is something about strolling beneath the tree lined streets with the Spanish moss swaying over your head that transports you back to simpler times. It set the tone of days gone by. Visions of southern bells strolling down the avenues under there parasols (I can't seem to stop using the word strolling) or dapper young gentlemen in morning coats discussing the purchase of a new thoroughbred, or the gray haired patriarch's of the town having their afternoon tea on the shade of there front porch.
Sadly we had missed the peak of the blooming of the azaleas, but there were a few left tucked her and there.
The iron work on some of the houses was amazing.
We took another stroll to City Market. This is a small avenue lined with open air cafe's and storefronts.
I am still enjoying the divinity and the pralines I bought at The Savannah's Candy Kitchen.
I am not sure what these were but anything covered with chocolate and chopped pecans is a winner in my book.
Look how beautiful these candy apples were. They are almost to pretty to eat.
We saw Mercer Williams home. If you saw the movie or read the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" you will know who this is. I must admit the quirky Savannah you see in the move is a bit exaggerated from the Savannah we experienced.
We did see the occasional SCAD student with bright red hair or the odd looking homeless person but sadly we failed to see anyone walking an invisible dogs or the herds of hat wearing socialites or the cross dressing working girls. If you saw the move you will know what I am talking about.
The Mercer Williams Home
And of course you can't go to Savannah with out at least walking by the birth place of Juliet Gordon Low. We did however run into several troops of eager girl scouts in rout to this historic girl scout destination.
The birthplace of Juliet Gordon Lowe
From what I have heard no trip to Savannah is complete with out a "stroll" down along the river. Well we did just that. We walked along the cobble stones and took in the sights from the river, all the paddle boats getting ready for there evening gambling cruises, the smell of pralines being cooked was heavy in the air, the savory aromas of all the various restaurants washed over us a we walked past. The different shops, if it was Irish they sold it, if it was seafood you could get it, if it was sweet you didn't have to go far to find it!
All in all a jam packed first day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With all this sight seeing and walking around we worked up quite an appetite.
Which of course we had been anticipating the experience all day. A dear friends daughter was a graduate of SCAD an a former employee of the "Lady and Son's". She was able to get us the much prized reservations to this Savannah landmark.
No standing in line for us.
But given my love for all things Paula I have decide that this spectacular dining experience is worthy of an entire post all by itself.
So you will just have to come back in a few days to read about our deep fried culinary experience.