Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Moseying Around Savannah

This is a collection of photos taken over a week or so...

This monument is in Franklin Square, a memorial to the Haitian Volunteer Army. The Haitians played a role in the US Revolution, helping capture Savannah from the British in 1779. Soon after, they returned home and staged a revolution of their own. In 1804, Haiti became the first independent republic in Latin America, and the first black-led nation in the world.


Drummer representing Henri Christophe...


This dog cracked us up!

If in Ellis Square, you must get your photo taken with Johnny Mercer. He wasn't that tall...


A bench similar to the one we saw at Bonaventure Cemetery with many of his famous songs on it...

Marshall House originally opened in 1851 as the first hotel in Savannah. It was turned into a hospital three times: once during the Civil War and twice during yellow fever outbreaks. After 40 years of lying dormant, it reopened as a hotel in 1999. It's also known for its resident ghosts!

A must-visit in Savannah is Leopold's Ice Cream and we were happy to oblige!



We were enjoying our homemade butter pecan ice cream. Yummm! This was during an uncommonly hot week in January. We're wishing for that weather now!

This is Chatham Square, the one closest to us. This tree reaches completely over the road and is almost touching the house across the street.

This is the Harper Fowlkes House on Barnard Street, also near us. The house was built in 1842 and went through several owners before being bought by Alida Harper Fowlkes in 1939. She paid $9,000 and the mortgagee papers had the word "Woman" stamped across the top.

Upon her death in 1985, she left the property to the Society of the Cincinnati in the state of Georgia.  This is an organization of gentlemen who are direct descendants of George Washington’s officers during the Revolution. Alida’s brother and father were Society members.
A gate owned by someone with a sense of humour...

A peek into someone's backyard as we walked along Barnard Street...

We have found a 9-hole par 3 golf course to play. It's pretty challenging and not very expensive, so we've enjoyed golfing there several times.

Jim and Ed surveying the situation...

Barb waiting her turn...

This tree has been in bloom since the middle of January...

On my way to Forsyth Park for my morning walk...

Lorie and Flemming were visiting and guess where we were? Everyone loves Johnny Mercer. It's amazing how many of his songs people know...we just didn't know he wrote them!

A walk along River Street...

We were enjoying the nice evening when suddenly the wind came up and it wasn't so pleasant outside any more. Within minutes, everyone on the deck had moved inside.

You might think all we do is eat out...and you might be right. It is so inexpensive. Crystal Beer Parlor has become one of our favourite spots. It is about a block from our house and the food is excellent. I have become addicted to the hot dogs. The last time we were there, the server said the reason they are so good is that they throw them in the deep fryer. Well alrighty then...this may explain why my pants are a little tighter!

A full moon on our walk home...

Another great evening! We've been taking turns cooking which makes life a lot easier.

Another great spot is Clary's, which was a meeting spot for the characters in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It's known as a great breakfast place, but don't try to get in after church on Sunday.

Lots of photos and memorabilia to look at on the walls...

The Bird Girl in stained glass...

And this is a mint julep. When in the South...little did we know it was made with bourbon. I think it's just a pretty name for a strong drink that the southern ladies could enjoy. Made with Woodward bourbon, the bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, it was actually quite smooth after the shock of the first sip. There was no need for another!

Lorie and I enjoying our southern drinks. I think Jim is enjoying golf on TV!

This is Savannah as we continue to explore...

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