Monday, May 12, 2008

My Savannah, GA Vacation

Just got back from a week in Savannah, Georgia and thought I'd share a few photos.

First, we stayed on Tybee Island, just about 20 minutes from Savannah. Coming from the West Coast, it was a little shocking how warm it was at the beach. In California you go to the beach to cool off. No cool ocean breeze there! But, the water was gentle and warm, and the view was gorgeous!

When in Savannah you gawk! There are historic buildings everywhere, all surrounding lovely city squares. And, no picture represents Savannah more than this fountain in Forsyth Park, which is a copy of one in Paris.

Another thing you do while in Savannah is take a tour. There are tours everywhere in the historic area, whether they be walking tours, bus tours, trolly tours or carriage tours. You can't look anywhere in Savannah without seeing some sort of tour. That's good news for people who like tours. Bad news if you're taking your own walking tour of the city and constantly being bombarded by competing tours.

Two of the most popular types of tours are the foody tours and ghost tours. One tour takes you to some of Paula Deen's favorite places (yep, that's Paula Deen from Food Network fame), with a stop at her brother's restaurant Uncle Bubba's Oyster House on the road from Savannah to Tybee Island. Another takes you to different food destinations, including Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady & Sons.

There seem to be more ghost tours in Savannah than there are ghosts. I think they're all pretty much the same, although some are walking tours and some are by trolly. We took a walking ghost tour and bumped into several other walking ghost tours. You're supposed to take your camera and hope you catch an orb in the photo. Orbs are supposedly the energy of a ghost which can show up as a spot of white light, or other colors. They say Savannah's the most haunted city in America, so it follows that orbs should show up everywhere. Some people in our group reported several orbs in their photos. No such luck in my photos. But, it was fun snapping pictures and learning about Savannah history.

What restaurants would I recommend you go to? Definitely check out The New South Cafe, 2601 Skidaway Road. The food there was outstanding and the service was incredibly friendly. If you're a meat eater, try the coffee crusted tenderloin of beef. Truly outstanding.

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