Monday, May 8, 2017

Savannah, Georgia


 Savannah is a city of full of preserved history as well as southern beauty.  We began our visit with a tour on a Hop On Hop Off bus that gave us an overlook of the historical part of the city as well as useful information of what we were seeing as we weaved through its streets and squares.  The city is divided into 22 squares-each one unique with statues and fountains among their huge beautiful trees.





Lafayette Square



Chippewa Square was in the movie Forrest Gump.  The bench Tom Hanks sat on as he told his story has been moved to the Savannah Museum.





           

    Forsyth Park 
fountains



You could easily spend all day walking from square to square.  Thank goodness for Hop On Hop Off tour buses!

We had a delicious lunch at the Pirates House that contains the oldest house in Georgia.  The restaurant is made up of 15 small dining rooms in this 1700's building.  Legends tell of how tunnels underneath of what was then a saloon were used to shanghai drunk sailors that later woke up on pirate ships going out to sea.  


We enjoyed shopping at City Market and listening to the live music outside in the center of the market as we watched people and their dogs out enjoying the day.  Savannah is a very pet friendly city.
 



We stayed at the Cotton Sail Hotel, an old cotton warehouse made into a boutique hotel.  The entrance to the hotel was on Bay Street facing the historic part of Savannah. 



 
The back of the hotel faced the Savannah River where you could watch the huge cargo ships go up and down the river from your window or balcony.




 


There was a rooftop lounge at the hotel that was my favorite place to take in the view of the Savannah River and bridge. 









From the bottom floor of the Cotton Sail Hotel you could enter River Street which was lined with shops and restaurants and pubs in the old buildings of the riverfront.  Our favorites were the praline and pecan stores which gave out generous delicious samples! 



Lots of interesting things to see and do in Savannah.








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