As soon as we hit Savannah we jumped on the Hop-on, Hop-off bus. Saw some incredible architecture.
Like this very cool 18th century building, one of the oldest in Savannah
This is the oldest building. At least that's what the driver said.
Another old building on the same property
More great architecture
Our AirBnB, Laura's Cottage
Kathleen sitting in nearby Columbia Square
Inside the kitchen of Laura's Cottage
The dining room of Laura's Cottage
In the living room of Laura's Cottage
Another view of the living room of Laura's Cottage
Further back in the living room of Laura's Cottage
Different view of the dining room of Laura's Cottage
A horribly lit flash in the the bathroom of Laura's Cottage
The bedroom and pretty much the entire upper floor of Laura's Cottage
Another view of the bedroom of Laura's Cottage
The staircase of Laura's Cottage
Dinner that night was at Alligator Soul
The bar at Alligator Soul
An outstanding drink featuring roasted carrots
Kathleen's Old Fashioned
Kathleen's appetizer, fried green tomatoes
My appetizer, a gumbo with alligator and seafood.
Forgot to take pics of the entrées until we were half done. This is my tenderloin of beef
And this is Kathleen's pork
We skipped dessert at Alligator soul to have ice cream at world famous Leopold's. Amazing stuff. Kathleen loved their ginger ice cream.
I had the Savannah Chocolate and it was awesome.
Kathleen's ginger ice cream
The next morning on my early morning walk here's the sunrise.
Loved these steps. They were steep and high steps.
Historic buildings on River Street at sunrise.
The previously mentioned historic stairs
Savannah Harbor at dawn
Historic River Street
The Savannah Harbor
Another harbor shot
Looking the other way
City Hall Dome
The Georgia Queen. We took a ride on her later in the day.
Rocks on the River. Where we met for our food tour.
The sun is up a little higher
An interesting fountain.
Back on historic River Street
The slave market. Slaves were held in the arched doorways and brought out one at a time. Buyers stood above on the walkways.
Inside the arches
The Cotton Exchange
Washington's cannon. Awarded to the Georgia militia by George Washington shortly after the Revolutionary War.
Here's the story
Savannah's Custom House
Savannah's oldest building
The plaque at the Johnny Mercer statue.
Even Bob has a place to eat in Savannah
Paula Deane's restaurant
Love this dome. So photogenic.
See what I mean
Washington spent a lot of time here.
More great Savannah architecture
John Wessley--church founder and scandalous preacher
Savannah is composed of a BUNCH of beautiful squares
A historic theater downtown
Love this sign
SCAD is everywhere in Savannah. They supervised most of the restoration work on the city.
Historic Marshall House Hotel
Love this steeple
This steeple is the one the feather blows around at the start of Forrest Gump
One heck of an oak
The Mercer house featured in The Garden of Good and Evil
Our AirBnB's host home, in front of Laura's Cottage
Loved this old building
It's "HAFFY HOUR!"
That dome again
The World War II Veteran's Memorial
The Harbor before our food tour
The Georgia Queen leaves the dock
Pamela, our guide for our food tour of Savannah. She was excellent.
Where James Oglethorpe (founder of Georgia) stepped ashore.
Tondee's Tavern our second stop on the food tour. It dates to Revolutionary times in another location. This one since 1806.
Excellent shrimp and grits at Tondee's Tavern. Kathleen's version without shrimp. She still liked it.
Mine with the shrimp.
The original site.
Our third stop on the food tour, The Ordinary Pub. We had a pork belly on glazed donut bun sandwich.
The Jamaican Revolutionary war memorial.
Molly McPherson's Scottish Pub
Great food. They served us an excellent Shepherd's Pie
Inside Molly's. We went back for dinner later.
A gorgeous bar
Pie Society–our fifth stop for British sausage and cheese biscuit.
Inside the cupcake place that was our next to last stop.
Our final stop, the Savannah Bee Company for some interesting honey tasting.
A beautiful Northwestern, Southern Belle I ran into.
From the deck of the Georgia Queen
Under the Savannah Bridge
Remains of the old bridge still sit along side.
Amazed at how many cars are built in the Low Country
The cars are then loaded into these ships by drivers. Fun to watch them put them in and then go back and get more.
A pano of the harbor
Downtown from the river
The dome from the Queen
Lots of tug boats
Speed boat ahead
Old Fort Jackson. In a minute they would give us a nice salute.
See what I mean
They fired their 1860 cannon for us
It was pretty cool
This photo, I took from the deck of boat shows you what might be the poster girls of Savannah vacations.
Even better with a frost glass
Kathleen doing Scotch tasting
The SCAD theater at night
Leopold's Ice Cream. A Savannah institution.
SCAD theater at night
My final pre-dawn walk where I try to dodge the rain and take some more architecture pics as well as visit as many squares as I can.
The Forrest Gump feather church again
Inside the rope is where Forrest sat waiting for the bus with the box of chocolates.
One of the squares
You know I love shops with lights in early morning.
Statues with light are cool too.
Another beautiful church
Another great monument
The Mercer-Williams House-featured in The Garden of Good and Evil
Awesome wrought iron
Even close up
Another awesome Southern manse
A n amazing fountain
Another great church
A beautiful flowering tree. If I were Kathleen I would know what this is.
Love the lights at 6:00 am.
It seemed like every square had a church somewhere on it.
Love this tree covered with Spanish Moss
The Revolutionary War cemetery
Close up of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church
The Olde Pink House
I love this dome. Can you tell.
He's not but he is a good friend.
The Waving Woman--there's a story here.
Some more historic steps with a warning at top and bottom. I took them anyway.
This historic house on Greene Square that is a perfect square 12 x 12 feet in each direction recently sold for more than $250K.
Loved these stairs.
The front porch of Laura's Cottage where we stayed.
I think my favorite piece of art in the cottage.
On the way back to Charleston, we stopped at this Wildlife Refuge. It has a GREAT four mile drive you can take through Alligator Alley.
Where we saw egrets
On the four mile nature drive
Huge wind storm the night before left trees down all over the place.
An egret's lunch
See you later (no, now) alligator. It was pretty cool to be able to get out of the car and get this shot from about 10 feet away.
Glad he was sleeping.
A really cool blue bird that Kathleen just told me is a Purple Gallinule.
They turn over the lily pads looking for food.
Not going swimming here
Or here either.
One last stop before the airport-The Firefly Distillery outside Charleston.
They have a very cool truck
And a companion winery that has a vineyard out front.