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The majestic support towers of Ravenal Bridge

We left Charleston for the short drive to Savannah, Georgia.  I am going to miss our comfortable hotel, the unbelievable beauty of the old Charleston area, and the astounding Arthur Ravenal, Jr. Bridge.  I was finally able to photograph the support towers from the bridge itself.  I hope you enjoy the picture.  Jag decided that, like Concord, the Costco store in Charleston would have the cheapest gasoline in town.  Surprise: one block further down the road, and for many miles thereafter, it was 10 cents a gallon cheaper than Costco!!!

One of the things I enjoy about the South is the choice of names for towns, parks, etc.  We passed Caw Caw County Park.

"Sam, Mira" and Ajja at Georgia Welcome Center
  Outside Savannah, according to the AAA map, is a town called Thunderbolt.  It is the location of Savannah State University.  But how did the community of Sandfly get its name?  We passed Ashepoo (named for a now-extinct Native American tribe) in North Carolina, then Cuckold Landing.  Now how did that place get its name??? I could not find any information about it.  Then we passed the turn-off to Switzerland - I hadn't realized we had driven that far.  Odd - there isn't an Alp anywhere around here!

Our amorous buggy buddies are swarming like mad.  I have never seen the likes of this before.

"Sam, Mira" and Bubbie - River Walk in Savannah, GA
  I suppose I should count my blessings: because these guys are joined, there seem to be only half as many buzzing my head.  I was just told the people around here call them love bugs - perfect.

We reached Savannah way earlier than originally planned.  We originally planned to visit Hilton Head Island.  Jag said he was not interested in seeing a bunch of golf courses.  Me, too.  We found our bed and breakfast, Roussell's Garden, with Roada's help.  The owner, Bryan, showed us his beautiful garden and Jag thoroughly enjoyed that.  Our room was not yet ready for us to occupy as we were expected much later.  The room is gorgeous, with a high, king-sized bed, a settee -- oh, just look at the photos!

We went to the Visitor Center (we also stopped at the Georgia Welcome Center - now did you really think we would skip that?), then to River Road with its restaurants and tee-shirt shops.

Bubbie hugs "Sam & Mira" aboard riverboat in Savannah
  This would be lovely if only there wasn't such an ugly bunch of stores.  The messages on many of the tee-shirts are not appropriate for the number of children we saw.  There are many seafood restaurants there, but none seemed appealing - just too touristy.  Walking in the humidity is not pleasant, especially when I am not wearing walking shoes.  The cobble stone streets are easy to trip on.

Jag decided on a 1-hour Savannah River cruise on a lovely stern-wheeled boat.  It was refreshing and very relaxing.  I certainly appreciated the cool breeze.  The port of Savannah is very, very busy with cargo ships coming and going and the tug boats pushing and pulling these behemoths - a very interesting sight.  I saw three ships enter the port and one depart in the space of less than two hours.   Savannah also has a cable-stay bridge, but it is no where near as gorgeous as the Ravenal in Charleston.

Mandevilla Room's beautiful bed
  It is pretty, though.

We returned to the B & B and I changed my clothes.  We were tired and I certainly did not want to drive to a restaurant in the downtown area.  They are all rather expensive.  Instead we got some Chinese food to go from a tiny place next door to our B & B.  I had not even noticed it.  Jag did not stop me when I changed clothes and put on some fresh eyeliner and jewelry.  We get in there and they had a couple of tables, neither of which was level, and only two chairs!  We ordered our food, took it back to our place and ate at a table in that beautiful garden.  It was perfect.  After a chat with the owners, Bryan and Jan, we climbed the stairs to enchanting Mandevilla Room. 

That is it for now.  I am pooped and I still have to figure out how to climb up onto that very tall bed.  I think I saw a small step stool.

Nighty night.

 

 

 

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photo by: Deb