Monday, June 3, 2013

Savannah, Georgia...

Rather than taking a beach day in Charleston, we went to Savannah to explore for the day. It's one of the small southern towns I've yet to see. 

* It's located along the water which makes it an industrial port. The river walk area along the water is adorable with huge old cobble stones that were brought in and exchanged for cotton it its day.
* Girl Scouts was founded here.
* The city consists of close to 30 squares, some bigger than others which makes the layout really neat. All squares are thematic to a statue in the centre honoring someone or something it seems.


The hop-on-off bus is pertinent for those touring through. They give a great tour of the city and drive around most of the main squares. 


Tall Church steeples are a familiar sight in the South. Lots of churches. And how about the old Oak Trees located throughout the city. The mark of a very old place indeed.


Andrew sitting on the Forrest Gump bench--kinda. It was removed and put in the town's museum because so many were trying to take it. This is where is stood though. 


Had we been in Savannah longer, it would of been neat to learn more about the statues in the center of the squares. Lots of Civil War related things to Savannah.

 


Forsythe Park is particularly attractive.


Spanish moss hanging everywhere. 



This bride was being picked up from her house before she got married in one of the squares.


The "Waving Girl" statue along the riverfront is a famous one. For 44 years (until 1931), no ship arrived or departed without Florence Martus waving to them. She was legendary to the different ports.

 

Neat old ship with sails passing by.


 

Walking downtown through the city market // How about this walkthrough McDonalds?


Leopold's icecream is easily a 5 star that is worth the rediculous line down the block. 


Fresh pralines along the riverwalk


 


This is the Slavery Monument that was established in 2002 representing an African family with broken shackles at their feet. Apparently there was debates and delays for decades to make this happen.


This statue is in the center of Franklin Square next to City Market. It represents the Benjamin Franklin in the Revolutionary War I believe. 



As our tour guide said, "This is the oldest Black church in America." More correctly said, it was the first African American church that is Baptist. 


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