Located approximately 4 miles south of Savannah, this large globe is really a water tower.
On our way from the hotel to the Savannah historic district, we noticed a HUGE
globe in a run down area of a concrete jungle. Now we had a heard a lot about Savannah's trippy
culture, but this was definitely unexpected. Turns out it's a water tower. Who
Once we finally arrived in the historic district, we parked near the riverfront
and walked along River Street.
Savannah's known for its historic preservation efforts, and the Riverfront
Plaza and Factory Walk includes restored 19th-century cotton warehouses and
passageways housing shops and restaurants The shops sold pretty typical
tourist stuff, which I can safely say having grown up in a Virginia historical
We thought a nice river boat ride would offer a good history of the city and its
charms, but alas, we mainly learned about Savannah's
Cruising along the Savannah River.
In fact, the riverboat goes up the river along the industrial
part of the city, not the historic part. Not exactly exciting, but it was a good
hour spent relaxing.
We wanted to get away from the tourist crowds -- which is rather ironic
considering we were tourists ourselves -- so we spent the rest of the afternoon
walking through the streets and this is where we were able to experience first
hand the charm that is Savannah
We stopped for sandwiches at a little deli near Calvert Square
and picnicked on the lawn
of the square. Then we walked and walked.
We walked past a cemetery, and I just had to go in and check it out. Located on
the corner of Abercorn and Oglethorpe, Colonial
second oldest cemetery, dating to colonial times.
Although supposedly the award
for creepiest cemetery goes to Bonaventure Cemetery (highlighted in John Berndt's
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil),
I definitely felt creeped out as we walked around, which is not typical, as I'm
a huge fan of cemeteries (is fan the right word?). But something about the idea
of bodies being interred in the brick cemetery walls weirded me out. I can't
describe why exactly, but it didn't feel "natural." Definitely an
interesting experience for an anthropologist.
A street near the Colonial Park Cemetery.
We wanted to see the historic district squares, and although Savannah
has 21 of them, I think the three we
visited were good representations for their beauty. The largest, Forsythe Park
, had a lot of activity. The
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) had its annual Sidewalk Arts Festival
the day before, and although we missed out on the festival itself, we were able
to walk around and admire the chalk art that alumni and students had created on
many of the park's sidewalks.
Lafayette Square, one of 21 squares in the historic district.
For dinner, we found a cafe in another part of the historic district and sat
outside enjoying the beautiful weather and snippets of conversation from people
around us. I wish I could remember the name of it. The food was good, but it
was the experience of sitting at a table on the brick sidewalk and feeling a
part of Savannah
life that really made a lasting impression.