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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 would've thought?

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 town.

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 industrial side.

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 Park Cemetery is Savannah’s second oldest cemetery, dating to colonial times.
A street near the Colonial Park Cemetery.
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.

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's life that really made a lasting impression.

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Located approximately 4 miles sout…
Located approximately 4 miles sou…
Cruising along the Savannah River.
Cruising along the Savannah River.
A street near the Colonial Park Ce…
A street near the Colonial Park C…
Lafayette Square, one of 21 square…
Lafayette Square, one of 21 squar…
A view of the Lafayette Square fou…
A view of the Lafayette Square fo…
Dusk falls on Calvert Square.
Dusk falls on Calvert Square.
So Ill always remember one of my …
So I'll always remember one of my…
Forsythe Park fountain
Forsythe Park fountain
A close of up of the Forsythe Park…
A close of up of the Forsythe Par…
In Forsythe Park, the Savannah Col…
In Forsythe Park, the Savannah Co…
SCAD chalk art
SCAD chalk art
A Flemish painter.
A Flemish painter.
Brick sidewalk in Savannah.
Brick sidewalk in Savannah.
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photo by: Deb