The first stop on our trip was Savannah, GA. What a beautiful city. There's so much history there, and all the restored historic houses, plus beautiful squares that are like mini-parks spread all throughout the historic district make Savannah special. There are also lots of old, old live oaks with spanish moss hanging off the branches. City leaders negotiated with Sherman to turn over the city without any gunfire in exchange for him not burning the town on his march to the sea, so many historic buildings remain.
Here's the oldest and therefore biggest live oak we saw:
Forsyth Park is so beautiful. Here's a fountain in the park.
This is St. John's Episcopal Church. We saw it one night while walking but didn't get to go inside. Gen Sherman spent Christmas here in 1863. He was in Savannah that winter.
This is The Catherdral of St. John the Baptist. (Not to be confused with the Episcopal church above!)
Colonial Park Cemetery. The marker above says, "Here lyeth the body of Theodora Ash who passed this life February 17th, 1770 aged 17 years" I think the detail work of the flowers on the sides and scrollwork at the top are beautiful. I couldn't read all of the bottom, but it starts out, "If innocence and virtue..."
The marker below says, "..?.daughter of William & Rebecca Pinder died July ? 1794..?."
I was struck by how many of the gravestones were for people who died before the age of 30. Most of them were only children. There were also many graves of people who died from the yellow fever epidemic in the early 1820's.
One morning we had a delicious brunch at Clary's, made famous by the book & movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil". We watched it again just before we left, and I found the book at the library and read it on the trip. Here's Mark posing with his breakfast. :)
This may look like a mild mannered park, or even a parking lot. But it's the Dueling Grounds where adversaries would stand back to back, walk 12 paces, then turn and shoot! Yikes! I guess that would be "winner take all" competition to the extreme.
The squares in Savannah are so beautiful. There are 21 in all. We ran across 3 different weddings over the weekend while we were there. This bride arrived at the ceremony in a pedal taxi!
Mark & I are eager to go back to Savannah some time. We feel like we barely scratched the surface of this fantastic city. Have you ever been there? What were your favorite sites?
Next stop, Charleston...stay tuned!
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