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"You got to be careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." ... Yogi Berra

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Georgia -- the Low Country

Saturday 6/27 & Sunday 6/28/15

Most of Saturday was a driving day from Charleston to Savannah, but we did get in a late afternoon trolley tour. This tour oriented us to the town and what we might like to spend more time exploring.

Sunday has been the exploring day. We got back on the "hop on hop off" trolley and walked some of the historical areas of town. I did not get a lot of photos as there was not much I wanted a photo of. I had thought that Savannah would be my favorite city, but it turns out that I like Charleston better.


90 minute trolley tour through the Historic District


A highlight we could not pass up ... founded in 1919, it is "one of the top ice cream shops in the world".


I found these buried trash bins for pet waste interesting

Savannah is known for its "squares" -- there are many throughout the historic district. These each have a monument in the middle to commemorate someone -- a president, a founder, a native American chief, etc. -- and have benches to sit, relax and enjoy. On one of the steets bordering a square is the house known from the book and movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". There was no good advantage point to take a photo. Too bad this home is known for a murder!

Johnny Mercer is memorialized -- "Moon River", "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah", "Baby It's Cold Outside", "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" are a few of his songs.


Johnny Mercer

We visitied the Pirate House, associated with maritime history, and is now a restaurant with a gift shop upstairs where we could visit with a pirate!





River Street is a district of shops, restaurants and water views as well as where one can take a river tour.


We had to walk down these treacherous steps to get to River Street


Treacherous steps


Susan, you go first...


Safely on River Street


People and shops on River Street


River Boat tour leaving the dock

We enjoyed a "Low Country Boil" dinner at one of the River Street's many restaurants. Shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob boiled in Old Bay seasoning. This was a highlight for us here in Savannah, and we plan to recreate this meal at home (I hope). Sometimes crab is included with the shrimp, so we will most likely add the delectable crustacean.

/During our trolley tour I learned a couple more things about trees. The Live Oak Tree (recall it is "live oak" because it is green all year round) is Georgia's state tree.

The Spanish Moss that hangs from the tree (recall this is an air plant, not a parasite) is neither Spanish nor a moss, but I do not remember why it is called this ;'-). Spanish Moss was used in those historic days to stuff pillows and matresses -- seemed like a great use for this soft, abundant plant. However -- the plant is full of chiggers and caused much itching so was not such a good mattress filler. When one woman heard this from the tour guide, she screeched and threw out the Spanish Moss she had collected as a memento! You have heard the saying "good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite". This is how and why that saying was started.


A reminder of Spanish Moss, and a better look at the resurrection fern I wrote about earlier.


Tomorrow we drive to Atlanta and prepare to fly home the next day.


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