Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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Drove down from Charleston to Savannah - got my first speeding ticket !
There were 5 traffic cops harvesting traffic through a new reduced speed limit.
I only got a warning - they can't be bothered to do the paperwork if they know you are leaving the country.
Savannah is a really beautiful city - it was originally designed by its founder James Oglethorpe in 1733, the streets are in a grid with about 22 pretty little garden squares evenly spaced. They have renovated many of the grand old houses & churches - I think Savannah has more churches per capita than any other city. The Cathederal of St John the Baptist is magnificent with massive stained glass windows.
We have Abe Lincoln to thank for all this - he stopped the Union Army from sacking the city in the civil war.
It was in one of these, Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump told his life story from a park bench in the film "When Forrest Gump met Sally in Seattle by mail". The city has been the location for over 80 movies & you can see way.
Took a Trolley Tour around the city guided by Chuck, an old local who really knew his town & obviously loved it (which was more than could be said for Catholics & Yankees).
The river front street was still old cobble stones made from the ships ballast. It is lined with tourist bars & shops, of course, but quite picturesque.
We had a drink in an "Authentic Irish Pub" the only authentic Irish in there were 2 young girls who were being chatted up like mad by all the locals.
We booked into the lovely Doubletree 4 star hotel, right near the restaurant/bar district (we got it at a cheaper rate than at the tacky motel opposite - which pleased Barbara).