Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Southern New Year - Savannah, GA to Atlanta, GA

Friday, January 2, 2015
On Friday, woke up early to get in the last few things we wanted to see in Savannah. We were right at the front entrance of the Wormsloe Historic Site, staring down the longest row of oaks in the world. It was absolutely breathtaking. I wish I could take a photo that would do it justice.

We watched the historical video at the visitor center, and I was actually surprised by how much it told me about Savannah that I didn't know. Like, for instance, that it was founded as a utopian society and didn't allow rum or slavery on its first charter. It is also the first planned city in the US, which explains why it is so beautifully organized around the squares.

After the video, we ran into a "First Day Hike" that was just about to start. I'm so glad we made it because this is a place that really deserves a tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable, not just about the history of the site, but also about the wildlife and fauna nearby, and the history of Georgia overall. He really made the site come alive for us.

The site of the original house, which was made of tabby:

Because of the First Day Hike, the tour actually had an extended second part, and I really wish we could have gone, but alas, our timeline meant that we had to stop after the first part. We headed back into Savannah just as Wall's Barbecue was opening up. In the back of someone's house and off a dirt road in Savannah, this is supposed to be the best barbecue in the city, and it was delicious! Their pulled pork and sweet tea was the perfect break after a long morning of walking.

After lunch, we headed to SCAD Museum of Art to see The Divine Comedy:Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists. There were some incredible pieces by artists from across the continent, including some I'd never seen before:

And some familiar faces:

After spending a few hours perusing the gallery, we made our way back to Atlanta for one last night in Georgia. Thanks to a crazy deal on Hotels.com, we stayed at this lovely spot for a perfect last night:

Next Up: Our last day down south!

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