On Tuesday, December 12 I had the pleasure of my oldest daughter “Crystal”, come to visit for five days. Her flight was due to come in at noon, and it’s about a two hour ride from the park to the airport in Atlanta. So I headed towards the airport giving myself ample time before her flight arrival time, it actually arrived about a half hour early just after I got there. So the timing was great I work my way up to the terminal and welcomed her to Georgia. We jumped in the car and headed out, stopping for lunch along the way. When we got back to the park I introduced her to Stan and Tammy fellow host here at the park. She got a kick out of my friend that came a few weeks ago to spend time here, he said he plans on staying till well after Christmas, his name is Dave. Here’s a photo of him standing guard in the dark. I think he thinks I’m “Despicable” and that’s why he plans and sticking around. That evening we played some cards with Stan and Tammy and they got to know her somewhat. We made an early evening of it because the next day we were headed off to Savannah for a couple days. Wednesday morning we awoke relatively early. We packed the car and headed the 2 ½ hour drive to Savannah, where we’d be spending the night. Tammy and Stan were taking care of Maxine for the next couple days so we didn’t have to worry about her. When we arrived in the Savanna the first stop we made was at the visitor center. We got some information and some ideas of places we wanted to go and see. But there’s so much to do and see there’s no way you can cover it in just a few days. The first thing we did is boarded the “Old Town Trolley” to take a tour the city. This is the trolley line that is located through many cities across the country. They are a Florida-based company, but have lines in many large cities. We use them in Boston, Washington DC, Salem and I know they have a line out in San Diego also. They are good way to get the lay of the city and some good information as they are narrated. You can hop on and off at multiple stops throughout the day so it’s a nice starting point. We got on it at stop one, by the visitor center and spent about an hour and a half on the whole tour as a drove around town and the driver pointed out highlights. Some of interesting thing about Savanna are, it’s the oldest city in Georgia, first being founded in 1733. Georgia was the 13th and final English colony. But unlike the other 12 it was not a Crown colony. It was formed by a group of English trustees to be a working man’s colony and in 1733 James Oglethorpe, along with 120 passengers arrived on the good ship “Anne”. They found a bluff overlooking the Savanna River, which they chose as the spot to build the planned city of Savannah. You can find a lot more information here on this website about the forming of Savanna. The trustees planned that the settlers, could worship freely, but rum, lawyers and slaves were not allowed in Georgia when it was first settled. ”Georgia” named after King George II, was formed as a buffer to keep Spanish occupied Florida separate from the Carolinas and the other English colonies. Read more of the history of the building of Savanna and Georgia here. I took hundreds of pictures and I’ll share a bunch of what you hear highlighting the city of Savanna. Here’s the first one Crystal taking a photo of me taking a photo of her. Some views as you travel around the city.
After spending some time exploring and checking out the city we were hungry and heard of a great spot to get some lunch Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room. It’s located on the ground floor of ‘The Wilkes House”, an old-time boarding house and inn. Famous for its family-style lunches are only open from 11 till two. The meal is a flat rate $22 per person, but you get more than your money’s worth. They had four meats to choose from consisting of fried chicken, sausage, meatloaf and beef stew. Along with that it was served with over 20 different sides. Everything was fantastically flavored and you didn’t have room for it all. The tables hold 10 people and if you’re in a smaller group you’re seated with strangers, but we all soon became family passing the dishes around. Look at the spread. After lunch we were so stuffed we had to go walk it off, so we roamed around the city streets. Soon arriving out in front of, the Cathedral of St. John’s the Baptist. One of the oldest churches in town and the oldest Catholic Church in Georgia. It’s a grand church as you can tell from these photos but after spending time in England last year it just doesn’t cut it compared to some of the cathedrals over there. One of the nice things about this church like the ones in England were allowed to take photos inside and out. As you can see in this assortment of photos it’s quite the place.
There’s a grand Oregon standing tall and mighty in the balcony.
With lots of beautiful stained glass windows.
And it’s a very interesting confessional booth and I was tempted to do a confession but I didn’t want to name bolts of lightning striking the building.
Many movies have been filmed in different locations throughout savanna. This is the spot where “Forrest Gump” sat on a bench telling his story many years ago. And here is the steeple that the feather floated down from on that same movie. The Six Pence, restaurant where Julia Roberts caught Dennis Quaid with the other woman in the movie “Something to Talk About” This beautiful building was once a showroom owned by Ford motor company to display his famous “Model T” Late in the afternoon we made our way down to the river. I had reserved a room at the historical “River Street Inn” right down the street from City Hall. Here Crystal is standing in front of the hotel with the City Hall in the background. A close-up of the gold dome on City Hall. The hotel is built in a historical building that once was a warehouse for the cotton industry, located next to the cotton exchange. But has now been turned into a beautiful a luxury hotel and many restaurants and shops. Here’s a photo of the lobby.To get to the fifth floor that we were on you had to have a special key to get the elevator to work. You could not just go up the stairs there was no staircase to the fifth floor and Crystal said that’s because it was the penthouse suite. Here’s a view of the staircase from the first floor looking up. From the fifth floor looking down the staircase. Some photos of the inside of our room very nice.
Views from our balcony overlooking the street.
Some views from the other side of the building overlooking the river.
The hotel is five floors with the first floor on River Street and the fourth floor, with the lobby on the main street where we entered from. We spent time exploring shops there so many to choose from. One of my favorite spots was this candy shop with these cute little snowman melting away.
That evening I had booked a “Ghost and Gravestone” tour on old-time trolleys. It was okay but not great, they drove around the city pointing out supposedly haunted places and telling ghost stories. It was fun and one of the cool things we got the visit was the “Andrew Low House” and go inside at night and get told ghost stories. It’s a very cool renovated mansion with an interesting story. Here’s a bunch of photos from the inside, cannot use the flash so some a little dark.
Here’s a photo of Crystal in front of the “Prohibition Museum”, but for sure she’s not one of the protesters.
Well that’s it for now, this ended up to be quite a long post but there’s so much to see and do in the city of Savanna. So thanks for coming along and I hope you enjoyed the tour. More the come in future posts of my special time with Crystal. Take care and best wishes to all till next time, Rick