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Charleston / Savannah

sunny 21 °C

Hi there!!!

Sorry I've been a bit slack - once Ana arrived, we flopped into bed after 10pm each night and I was too buggered to upload my photos!!!

So back to Friday. Checked out reasonably early after packing my million suitcases - feel really disorganised this trip having two large bags to lug around.

After that, I had 3 hours to kill before driving out the airport to meet Ana so decided I'd see the last house on my list. Rocked on down to the Thomas Elfe house which was Charlston's premier cabinet maker in early 19th century - it was supposed to be a house reminiscent of the merchant class rather than the plantation owners. It has odd opening times so finally found the place in the side streets and rang the bell. After an eternity a snobby older man open the doors and wants to know if I want the tour. Yep, I'm here for the tour - so I step inside and get out my $8 - oops I've forgotten to go the bank and only have $3 on me - as you can imagine this did not go down well - instead of saying no worries, there's a bank round the corner and come back to see us - he looked at me rather blankly like I'm trying to scam him - then he virtually tosses me out of the place saying I should really plan my life a lot better. So head off to the bank and then decide do I really want to subject myself to this person - I've already seen most of the lower floor standing in the living room so decide to give the house a flick. So still have 2 odd hours to kill so after wandering around aimlessly I head for a coffee shop..............

Finally I'm ready to head out to the airport - it's rather a dinky airport by USA standards - the arrivals and departures are on the same level - but I must have parked the further point from the entrance since it takes me ages to get there - I thought I was early but the plane has arrived early so now I'm walking around trying to find the gate when Ana and I practically bump into each other - all I hear is "hey there".............

Since Ana has missed the Charleston bit completely we head back into Charleston and after a seafood lunch at Hymans (yes, I went there the other day) we do a quick tour around Charleston - it was such a pleasant day walking around.

Then its a two hour drive down to Savannah on a rather boring highway (no dramas on the way - to find out the drama on the way back you'll have keep reading the blog). Find the hotel - it's a lovely colonial hotel called Marshall House - when I check in a lady says - Who's your travel agent? I'm like OMG - what's happened now - I booked this myself. But it turned out that all the information about the agency hadn't come through the system (something else I'm going to have to follow up on) and she wanted to make sure we got our travel commission. And that set the tone for our stay at Savannah - the Charlestonians are reasonably friendly but there's a bit of snobby air about them but the Savannians are really down the earth and very talkative. It's an extremely relaxed place.

That night we couldn't be bothered finding a place to eat so we ate at the restaurant but in the bar area since we weren't quite dressed up enough for the restaurant. After a bit of faltering start with the bar tender we shared a rather decadent crab omelette - and boy was it decadent but extremely tasty - you really can't go past the seafood in this part of the world. This was finished off with creme brulee...........

Posted by natty176 18:20 Archived in USA Tagged savannah charleston

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