We introduced ourselves to Savannah and slowly started to walk around River Walk, City Market and the Historic District. We visited the restaurant "Lady and Sons" and the neighboring gift store, which was packed. The whole Lady and Son's venture is a scam that we refused to be a part of..they only do priority seating that you need to line up for, starting 8:30am the day of, reservations are not taken
. Once we realized this was the case, all for a buffet dinner of fried chicken, we passed. However, we were sucked into the Gift Shop. Within 10 minutes of entering, Christina ran into an old friend from Philadelphia, whom she had not seen in over 15 years. She was randomly in Savannah and had just gotten there as well. It was nice to see Judy. Later that night, we decided to jump right in and take part in one of Savannah's Ghost Tours - being voted the number one Haunted City of the US, the question wasn't if we would take the tour, it was, when. The tour was great with real accounts of sightings and experiences by a local author, Robert Edgerly of Savannah Hauntings. Christina took some cool shots, and if you are remotely interested, or remotely believe, you will be able to see "spiritual orbes" in some of them! There were some really amazing stories.
We kicked off the day with an historic walking tour of Savannah. The city is quite beautiful and all its history makes it very intriguing. It has 22 squares through out with an exhaustive amount of history between each square - magnificent homes, cathederals, restaurants/pubs, Inns, antique shops, gardens and cementaries (all haunted). They say the Savannah is built on top of the dead, where grave stones were moved to make way for new developments, but the bodies weren't!
. Later this evening we met up with Christina's cousin Carlos, who happened to be working up in Savannah for a while (up from Pompano, Fla). We caught up over some local pizza and beers (Van Gogh Pizza) - it was great to see Carlos. That night we continued to check out some of the local scenes before calling it a day (Planters Tavern at the Pink House, Jazz'D, and Eco Lounge. The pianist at Planters Lounge was from NYC, couple of blocks from where Brian use to play, so she treated us with some Sinatra and of course, NY NY. The one point worth mentioning is Savannah's open container laws, the historic district allows one to walk around with drink in plastic cups - all the bars have plastic cups lined up near their exits so you can take what you did not finish home in "doggy bag"...or finish along the way.
We decided to take a ride out to Tybee Island, a beach town about 30 minutes outside of Savannah. We were told this is where Miley Cirus filmed her new movie "The Last Song". Tybee reminded us very much of a sleepy jersey shore town. On the way out we stopped at the "Crab Shack" (mile marker 33) for some local fare. The cool thing about this place is the alligator lagoon it maintains. There were approximately 40 small alligators that were being raised in captivity. You could feed them if you wanted, but the alligators were not all that interested
. That night we met up with one of Christina's old friends from High School that went to school in SCAD (Savannah School of Art & Design). Jerry did a great job in introducing us to some of the local dive bars (B&B and Rail) - it was a blast to meet up with him and hang with a Savannah local.
Overall we really enjoyed Savannah. There is so much to do and take in, we only scratched the surface.
http://tybeeisland.comApril 20th to 23rd
Savannah was a wonderful little city. What we liked most about Savannah is that it is like New York City..anything goes. Similar to Charleston, Savannah is home to much history and haunted tales, however, Savannah is a bit more spread out and plentiful, and is a place where you can find all sorts of people. The two most notable current points of interest within the city that seems to be constantly held out in front of you are a) Paula Deen, one of the Food Network queens, Lady and Sons restaurant; and b) the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (which Christina resigned herself to begin reading). Oh, and, parts of Forest Gump were filmed in Savannah too.