Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Southern New Year - Savannah, GA

Thursday, January 1, 2015
The new year opened with a pretty glorious morning:

We took advantage of the first day of really lovely weather to make our own walking tour of Savannah. We wandered through the beautiful squares that spot each road:

And admired the gorgeous Christmas decorations that appeared on some nearby homes and offices:

We even visited the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace! As a girl scout from kindergarten until my high school graduation, I was more than a little excited about that. Sadly, the house was closed to visitors because it was New Year's Day, but it was still great to see the outside.

The square where Forrest Gump was filmed:

One of the most interesting spots we saw on the trip was the Colonial Park Cemetery. Outside, we saw Savannah Dan giving a tour, which looked really interesting. I would love to find a NYC equivalent and take the NYC Dan's tour! It may be a little morbid how much time we spent in cemeteries while we were down south, but they're really incredibly beautiful and full of history. In this one, especially, the graves told fascinating stories, including one about Jacob R. Taylor, who was "Son of John P. Taylor of Philadelphia. A youth of exemplary department conciliating manners and promise, who in the 19th year of his age, when unarmed and peaceably walking the streets of Savannah, was on the evening of the 11th of November, 1811, attacked and inyhumanly decimated by an armed band belonging to the crews of the French Privateers La Vengeance and La Franchise. Rest infinite youth far from thy friends inurnd by strangers honourd and by strangers mourned. Though thy lone turf no kindred drops can ... , Yet virtue hallows with her tears thy grave." It made me wish that more graves included more information than current ones do.

We headed back into the city center for a lovely lunch of sandwiches and macarons at Papillote, on the recommendation of one of Roger's favorite professors. She also suggested we visit the Paris Market for a bit of shopping, but unfortunately, it was closed for the holiday. If you're down in Savannah, you should absolutely check it out - even through the window, it was gorgeous!

Instead of curiosity shopping, we ended up at the Savannah Bee Company. We tasted some of their honeys (I liked the wildflower one the best!) and had our first taste of honeycomb, which was fantastic and will definitely be making an appearance at our next party. We also decided to do their mead tasting, since neither of us had ever had mead. It was pretty tasty, and the tasting was very informative!

Spotted outside the Old Savannah Cotton Exchange, Milton:

We hopped in the car after lunch and drove out to Bonaventure Cemetery, a gorgeous place of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame. (A book I read and loved in high school.) The moss across the cemetery was spectacular.

And the graves were also beautiful. Roger was particularly taken in by this one.

That evening, we did a bit of shopping and bought some candy to share back at the room. I saw this sign and thought it was very cool:

We gave ourselves some good luck for the new year by eating black-eyed peas and collard greens that evening at Sweet Potatoes. They also had banana pudding that was creamy enough to make you cry. (I don't say this lightly, but it was actually better than Magnolia Bakery's, and I didn't even know something better was possible.) Their service was also impeccable - our glasses never emptied! A great first dinner of 2015

Next Up: Our last day in Savannah!

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