(Ken) April 9, 2013 – April 13, 2013: Arrived in Hardeeville, SC this evening for a 4 day visit in Savannah, GA. It was a long drive from Stone Mountain State Park, NC but we made it safe and sound. Once settled in at Thomas’s RV Park we ate dinner and sacked out early in anticipation of a great time in Savannah the following day.
Weather wise, the forecast was for one of those perfect days – 79 degrees with a nice breeze coming in off the water without a cloud in the sky! Surprisingly enough the weather man didn’t disappoint. We headed out early and arrived around 9:30 at the Visitors Center in Historic Savannah.
We found Oglethorpe (Gray Line) tour company that provided all day service (on and off the trolley all day) and also provided a guided tour of the entire city. They were cheaper than all the rest and offered the best options, so we bought our ticket to ride ($15.00 per) and off we went.
The route through the Historic District hit every square, every point of interest, and even maneuvered the trolley down a few ally’s that I wouldn’t have driven my Honda Fit. The tour was very informative and John, our tour guide knew the city well.
Once we finished the tour, Jodi and I decided to do a ‘walk-about’ in Historic Savannah. With map in hand, we looked like well seasoned tourist, but we decided to take the side streets to get to the points of interest we wanted to spend more time. The things you find, and the people you meet when you are off the beaten path.
Stopping for ice cream at the suggestion of our tour guide, John; we also asked if there was a good Irish Pub near by that served lunch. The owner of the Ice Cream Shoppe told us of a nice place around the corner. Jodi and I sat and had lunch; her with her Scotch Eggs and Crab Cakes, and me with my Guinness Stew and a few pints of Ale! Not bad, but not the best we have ever had.
On our way out of the oldest cemetery in Savannah, instead of making a bee line towards the next statued square on our way to Forsythe Park, we decided to take another side street.
About a third of the way down the street, we came across Jerry who asked us if we were lost. When we stated we were intentionally walking the side streets, his southern hospitality came out in spades. He even gave us a tour of his home. A beautifully antique decorated row house built in 1830. It still had the original hard wood floors and hand carved wood moldings around every window and door – simply amazing!
(Do as we say, not as we do…. don’t follow strangers into unknown houses…. what if we was a serial killer….. what WERE we thinking?)
We sat where Forrest Gump talked how life is like a box of chocolates, and we sat on the square where Jingle Bells was written. We’ve seen the house in the ‘Garden of Good and Evil’ and we’ve met some of the most hospital people in this great land!
I know, its only been two weeks, but Savannah, GA. USA is one great place. A wonderful city with wonderful people. I just hope I have the opportunity to experience her again!