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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is much like Charleston, perhaps a bit more run-down, but still full of amazing history. We found a great Groupon deal for Oglethorpe tours (saved us about 50%), and our tour guide kept talking about all the books, movies, TV shows that Savannah had a part in. I feel like I could have got more out of the tour had I seen more than one of those movies.

The Spanish moss in Savannah is eerie and mesmerizing, so I took every opportunity to photograph it. Sorry about that.

Typical street
Typical street

Savannah has 22 squares throughout the city (in a grid). Each of them has a history, being named after a person or historical event and it looked like all of them had some sort of memorial or statue. It’s a nicely organized town.

A Savannah square – not sure which one… they all start to look similar after a while.
That moss though.
That moss though.

The Waving Girl – She’s the unofficial greeter of ships that entered the Savannah port. One legend has it that she fell in love with a sailor who had to go to sea. She promised to wave until he returned. She waved for 44 years and never saw him come back 🙁
Olympic Torch - the flame burned here in 1996 along with Atlanta (the first time two torches were burned at once)!
Olympic Torch – the flame burned here in 1996 along with Atlanta (the first time two torches were burned at once)!

I want one of these Southern aprons! I feel it would make me cook more...
I want one of these Southern aprons! I feel it would make me enjoy cooking more…
You can purchase "to-go" beers and walk around the city!
You can purchase “to-go” beers and walk around the city!
A statue of someone.
A statue of someone.
The Lady and Son's - a (famous) Paula Deen restaurant.
The Lady and Son’s – a (famous) Paula Deen restaurant.
City Hall in the background.
City Hall in the background.
Another square.
Another square.
And another one.
And another one.
And another one.
One more (this one’s Reynold’s Square).
One of these houses was built in the early 1800s and the other in the late 1990s. A historic society ensures houses preserve the look and feel of the city.
One of these houses was built in the early 1800s and the other in the late 1990s. A historic society ensures houses preserve the look and feel of the city.
The roads are made of crushed oyster shells!
The roads are made of crushed oyster shells!
Savannah's most haunted house - 507 East Saint Julian Street. It's for sale, btw.
Savannah’s most haunted house – 507 East Saint Julian Street. It’s for sale, btw.
The Pirate House (buffets served daily).
The Pirate House (buffets served daily).

More fun mossy pictures coming up…

I'm in a picture! (For scale, obviously.)
I’m in a picture! (For scale, obviously.)

Because it had to be said.
Because it had to be said.
Touristy River Street
Touristy River Street
Old building
Old building

We asked a local where the best fried green tomatoes in town are, and she suggested Huey’s. Not a bad atmosphere, and worth it for the tomatoes!

Cotton Exchange. This was one of the first major buildings to be constructed entirely over a public street. At one point, it was called the "Wall Street of the South"
Cotton Exchange. This was one of the first major buildings to be constructed over a public street. At one point, it was called the “Wall Street of the South” because Savannah was a major cotton seaport.
Oh yay, another square!
Oh yay, another square!

This steeple is in Forrest Gump!
This steeple is in Forrest Gump! Remember the feather?

And here's the square (Chippewa Square) where Forrest sat and told his life story (where the sign is closed off with the chain). The bench was removed because too many people were sitting on it. It's preserved at the Visitor's Center).
And here’s the square (Chippewa Square) where Forrest sat and told his life story (where the sign is closed off with the chain). The bench was removed because too many people were sitting on it. It’s preserved at the Visitor’s Center).
Six Pence, which has been in some films before...
Six Pence, which has been in some films before…
This used to be the first Ford building.
This used to be the first Ford building.

Some pretty streets…

We took a walk through Forsyth Park…

Forsyth Park Fountain
Forsyth Park Fountain
Gorgeous.
Gorgeous.

Looking up!
Looking up!
Walking down Jones Street... voted one of the most beautiful streets in North America by Southern Living.
Walking down Jones Street… voted one of the most beautiful streets in North America by Southern Living.
Pretty, right?
Pretty, right?

One more square, just for fun!
One more square, just for fun!
Viney.
Viney.
Pretty sunset and SCAD!
Pretty sunset to end the day.

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