Monday, May 21, 2007

Savannah, Part 2

Here is part 2 of a three part series on our trip to Savannah, Georgia. When I left off last time we had turned in for the night. The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel, packed, and drove to the Historic District to walk around. (Note: If visiting Savannah, parking meters do not need to be fed on the weekend).The first sight we saw was Independent Presbyterian Church which was featured during the opening feather scene of 'Forrest Gump.'

Right across the street from the church is Chippewa Square. The city has 21 of the original 24 squares that dot the city. Many are named after the founding fathers of Savannah, and have monuments that do not match the name of the square in which they are located, for example, Oglethorpe Square does not have the Oglethorpe Monument, that is in another square. The sign pictured above is sitting where Forrest Gump's bus bench sat. The bench was there just for the movie as the flow of traffic actually flows in the opposite direction. The bench (along with the bird girl statue featured in the book and movie 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,' can both be found in the history museum (admission charged).

Speaking of what Savannahians call "The Book," above is a photo of Mercer-Williams House where the events took place (yes, there really was a murder). In recent years Jim Williams' sister has opened the house for sure you do not ask about "the incident,' the tour guide will coldly inform you that the tour is, "a house tour, therefore we focus on the three As, art, architecture and antiques," I kid you not, my friend actually asked and that was the response she got (and Elle Decor actually talked about that response as well). I was mortified!

The fountain at Forsyth park. After also checking out the City Market, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Store (shopSCAD) we headed back to the car to make the drive to Tybee Island which is 18 miles from downtown Savannah.

Little Man and hubby waiting for lunch at The Crab Shack on Tybee Island. This restaurant was featured on Rachael Ray's $40 A Day show on Food Network, and Elle Decor. We had clam chowder and...

Low Country Boil which is made up of shrimp, potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage all boiled together with Old bay seasoning. I actually didn't like it too much, but since that's a regional specialty I tried it.

After eating we checked out the alligators that live at The Crab Shack, and watched people feeding them with poles (which was really buy raw beef, stick it on the end of a pole and watch them jump up to get it...very entertaining).

After Little Man got his fill of watching the 'gators (he said wow and yes quite a bit), we left to head on to the lighthouse (which you'll have to wait for the next installment to see).

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