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Armchair Traveling – Part II

Savannah – An Eclectic City with Southern Charm

After I read the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in 1994, I became enchanted with Savannah, Georgia. This non-fiction novel, where a prominent antique dealer named Jim Williams murders his male prostitute lover, Danny Hansford, intrigued me, as did characters like Lady Chablis. I went to the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, in 1997, where scenes of Savannah captivated me.  Would I actually meet any of these people if I visited?   During our brief two day stay here, instead, we met one of the local ghosts. 

This historic city, with manicured parks, cobblestone streets, and well-preserved antebellum architecture, does not disappoint.  Behind the stately facades of the southern mansions, you sense the eccentricity and life rascals who live amongst the proper society folk. Students who attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have livened this city with energy and creativity, and many say saved it from ruin, by infusing life back in.

Forsyth Park constitutes 30 acres in the middle of the historic district.  It is shaded by Spanish moss-covered oak trees and bustles with activity on a Sunday afternoon. The iconic water fountain in the center is beautiful to enjoy, while sitting on one of the many benches.

Savannah is a walkable city, with 26 distinct squares, each with historic monuments.  Fountains and manicured landscapes comprise the historic district.  Our hosts at the charming Bed and Breakfast, Inn on West Liberty, suggested an open air “on and off” trolley tour, which offered stops at many of these squares, churches, and river street.  Our driver regaled historic facts and tales of the city with humor. 

We shared dinner with our B and B hosts, Patty and Susan, at The Olde Pink House, the most famous restaurant in Savannah.  A beautiful shade of pink stucco, this Georgian mansion was built in 1771 for James Habersham Jr., one of Savannah’s founding family members, and early cotton factors.  With 13 dining rooms served by one kitchen, this place bustles.  The corn bread fried oysters with green goddess sauce were divine.

While we are resigned to our homes and walking six feet apart outside walks, I am keenly aware that many people are finding creative ways to cope.  Many friends have shared photos of past experiences and travels, as they have more time in their days to reminisce and reflect.  We are cooking, de-cluttering, and connecting with each other in different ways these days.  We hope that by sharing our recent travel adventures, we will inspire you to think about your own, and offer hope and gratitude in these challenging times.

There is so much beauty in our world.

Laurie Caswell Burke

Posted: 3-29-2020

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Savannah - An Eclectic City with Southern Charm

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This historic city, with manicured parks, cobblestone streets, and well-preserved antebellum architecture, does not disappoint.  Behind the stately facades of the southern mansions, you sense the eccentricity and life rascals who live amongst the proper society folk. Students who attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have livened this city with energy and creativity, and many say saved it from ruin, by infusing life back in.

Forsyth Park constitutes 30 acres in the middle of the historic district.  It is shaded by Spanish moss-covered oak trees and bustles with activity on a Sunday afternoon. The iconic water fountain in the center is beautiful to enjoy, while sitting on one of the many benches.

Savannah is a walkable city, with 26 distinct squares, each with historic monuments.  Fountains and manicured landscapes comprise the historic district.  Our hosts at the charming Bed and Breakfast, Inn on West Liberty, suggested an open air “on and off” trolley tour, which offered stops at many of these squares, churches, and river street.  Our driver regaled historic facts and tales of the city with humor. 

We shared dinner with our B and B hosts, Patty and Susan, at The Olde Pink House, the most famous restaurant in Savannah.  A beautiful shade of pink stucco, this Georgian mansion was built in 1771 for James Habersham Jr., one of Savannah’s founding family members, and early cotton factors.  With 13 dining rooms served by one kitchen, this place bustles.  The corn bread fried oysters with green goddess sauce were divine.

While we are resigned to our homes and walking six feet apart outside walks, I am keenly aware that many people are finding creative ways to cope.  Many friends have shared photos of past experiences and travels, as they have more time in their days to reminisce and reflect.  We are cooking, de-cluttering, and connecting with each other in different ways these days.  We hope that by sharing our recent travel adventures, we will inspire you to think about your own, and offer hope and gratitude in these challenging times.

There is so much beauty in our world.

-Laurie Caswell Burke

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This historic city, with manicured parks, cobblestone streets, and well-preserved antebellum architecture, does not disappoint.  Behind the stately facades of the southern mansions, you sense the eccentricity and life rascals who live amongst the proper society folk. Students who attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have livened this city with energy and creativity, and many say saved it from ruin, by infusing life back in.

Forsyth Park constitutes 30 acres in the middle of the historic district.  It is shaded by Spanish moss-covered oak trees and bustles with activity on a Sunday afternoon. The iconic water fountain in the center is beautiful to enjoy, while sitting on one of the many benches.

Savannah is a walkable city, with 26 distinct squares, each with historic monuments.  Fountains and manicured landscapes comprise the historic district.  Our hosts at the charming Bed and Breakfast, Inn on West Liberty, suggested an open air “on and off” trolley tour, which offered stops at many of these squares, churches, and river street.  Our driver regaled historic facts and tales of the city with humor. 

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While we are resigned to our homes and walking six feet apart outside walks, I am keenly aware that many people are finding creative ways to cope.  Many friends have shared photos of past experiences and travels, as they have more time in their days to reminisce and reflect.  We are cooking, de-cluttering, and connecting with each other in different ways these days.  We hope that by sharing our recent travel adventures, we will inspire you to think about your own, and offer hope and gratitude in these challenging times.

There is so much beauty in our world.

-Laurie Caswell Burke

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This historic city, with manicured parks, cobblestone streets, and well-preserved antebellum architecture, does not disappoint.  Behind the stately facades of the southern mansions, you sense the eccentricity and life rascals who live amongst the proper society folk. Students who attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have livened this city with energy and creativity, and many say saved it from ruin, by infusing life back in.

Forsyth Park constitutes 30 acres in the middle of the historic district.  It is shaded by Spanish moss-covered oak trees and bustles with activity on a Sunday afternoon. The iconic water fountain in the center is beautiful to enjoy, while sitting on one of the many benches.

Savannah is a walkable city, with 26 distinct squares, each with historic monuments.  Fountains and manicured landscapes comprise the historic district.  Our hosts at the charming Bed and Breakfast, Inn on West Liberty, suggested an open air “on and off” trolley tour, which offered stops at many of these squares, churches, and river street.  Our driver regaled historic facts and tales of the city with humor. 

We shared dinner with our B and B hosts, Patty and Susan, at The Olde Pink House, the most famous restaurant in Savannah.  A beautiful shade of pink stucco, this Georgian mansion was built in 1771 for James Habersham Jr., one of Savannah’s founding family members, and early cotton factors.  With 13 dining rooms served by one kitchen, this place bustles.  The corn bread fried oysters with green goddess sauce were divine.

While we are resigned to our homes and walking six feet apart outside walks, I am keenly aware that many people are finding creative ways to cope.  Many friends have shared photos of past experiences and travels, as they have more time in their days to reminisce and reflect.  We are cooking, de-cluttering, and connecting with each other in different ways these days.  We hope that by sharing our recent travel adventures, we will inspire you to think about your own, and offer hope and gratitude in these challenging times.

There is so much beauty in our world.

-Laurie Caswell Burke

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2 responses to “Armchair Traveling – Part II”

  1. Nicely written, really would love to visit that area someday. Tell me more about the ghost and the food, I wanted to keep reading. Did you get recipes? Well done.

  2. Bronwyn says:

    Thank you, Anne. Laurie captured our experience in Savannah so well. We had such a good time! I’ll see if The Olde Pink House posts recipes….we were so busy eating and sightseeing we forgot to ask.

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