A wonderously beautiful city
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After a great night's sleep and a scrumptious breakfast at our B & B, we decided to take a tour of Savannah on a hop on-hop off bus. I am so glad we did. The city is filled with one-way streets and closed streets, so it can be difficult to negotiate. Poor Roada has conniptions and is constantly "recalculating" - she has taken us around in circles more than once. Usually, though, she is just fine.
The bus from Old Savannah Tours, just like all of the other tour companies, is shaped like a San Francisco cable car, only painted white. They had sent a van to pick us up from our accommodations, a very thoughtful service. The tour guides are a lot of fun and one, especially, was very jolly and is a part-time actor.
Savannah is a wonderously beautiful city. I did not think it would be possible to top Charleston for the beauty of its historical homes and buildings. Savannah is, at the very least, its equal. In addition, though, it has beautiful squares and parks filled with live oak trees covered with Spanish moss. I also learned the plant is neither Spanish nor a member of the moss family. It is supposed to be very soft, but it is also the host for chiggers - nasty biting insects that make mosquito bites seem tame by comparison. Needless to say, I will not be touching any Spanish moss.
We made our first stop at Chippewa Square.
As we were wandering around gorgeous Forsyth Park, with its magnificent old fountain, we came upon Mikve Israel, the third-oldest Jewish congregation in the United States, founded in the 1700's. I had hoped to see this place, but I was not sure where it was located. We had been checking out some of the wonderful ironwork grills on some buildings when I noticed the dome on the temple.
We next stopped for a visit to the majestic and ornate Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. It is breathtaking with magnificent stained glass windows, magnificent statues of the 12 stations of the cross, and an outstanding altar. I have my doubts as to whether the photographs turned out - it was too dark inside for the camera to focus.
We returned to our accommodations for a short break, then went back to River Road for dinner at Fiddler's Crab House, a seafood restaurant recommended by our host. It was very good, although the service was only so so and the salad had iceberg lettuce.
Back to the bed and breakfast early. We need to get our junk together for tomorrow's departure to Florida. We are getting better at that. Finally!