Saturday, March 10, 2012

"Savannah would be better for you...

..You'll just get in trouble in Atlanta."
Gone with the Wind (Mammy to Scarlett O'Hara)

With this advice in mind, we headed to Savannah, Georgia for a Spring break get away.  We'd never been to Savannah but have longed to visit.

We did a lot of advanced reading on the area and, while we had a few specific "not to miss" things on the itinerary, we planned to spend most of our time simply wandering around the historic district.

And wander we did.  Have a look:

We had dinner at the world famous Pirates' House.
We walked along Bay Street and River Street, with views of the Talmadge Bridge
 and the famous Waving Girl statue.
We stopped for pizza and soda breaks at the City Market
and walked to and through nearly every square in the Historic District.
 We played in beautiful Forsyth Park
and walked past Paula Deen's Lady and Sons restaurant.
We soaked in the low country views
and admired all the various and beautiful architectural styles and details.
And every now and then we stopped to rest against an ivy covered-wall.
We took an ice cream break at the famous Leopold's

Well, Scott and Eliza Grace had ice cream. Since they make all their ice cream in the same machines, including the Pistachio flavored kind, Will had to abstain and I joined him in solidarity.

and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
And the Davenport House - the restoration project that started Savannah's era of historic preservation.
On the last day of our trip we visited the Oat Island Wildlife Center, where we walked along wooded trails and visited the various animal habitats.

Eliza Grace was particularly keen on the Wolf habitat.
Not to mention the Bobcats.
And the Red Foxes.
Oooo, what are these creatures?
And the Bald Eagles
And the Tatankas! (Buffaloes for you non-"Dances With Wolves" folks)
After we left the wildlife reserve, we headed over to Tybee Island and stopped by the Tybee Island Lighthouse.
We had lunch at the slightly offbeat Crab Shack...
...where the kids enjoyed the sites and channeled their inner Croc Hunters.
We finished off the day with a dolphin sight seeing tour.  

The afternoon was chilly and gray but the dolphins, who live near the reef where the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean meet, still gave us a little show.
Along the way we got some great shots of the Cockspur Island lighthouse, which is completely surrounded by water.

Wow, as I recapped all we did and saw I cannot believe we did so in only four days!

We definitely enjoyed our time in the "hostess city," Savannah, Georgia!

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