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Savannah - Ye Olde Town

sunny 26 °C

Yes, I've been slack, slack, slack - don't know where all the time has gone - its now only two days till I go home...................and on this blog I'm still stuck in Savannah. Oh dear..........

And I can't say that I've been partying on in Chicago either - in fact, after all the walking, I've been quite a blob.......

Anyway back to Savannah - on this particular day we decided to do a tour of all 22 squares in Savannah - no, we didn't walk it - we did it the good old fashioned tourist way - on a tour bus - we were promised a 90 minutes tour on a trolley but it got off to a bad start - firstly this annoying couple got on the bus fully decked out like they were going to church - he wearing a blazer and trousers and she wearing to most god awful leggings with bright red coat. Then the pick up bus woudn't start - the annoying couple kept offering all sorts of tips to get the bus started - they were so annoying that we were all ordered off the bus till the bus driver could get it started.............

The we finally made it to the really trolley car and sat around for 20 minutes while everyone arrived. - eventually we were under way touring the historical part of Savannah but it ended up being on 60 minutes tour and were dumped at one of the squares when it was finished.

So we ended stolling around, going to the pub for lunch and then heading to the Owen Thomas house - every first owner of an historic house in the South seems to leave after a couple of years of building it - either through bankruptcy, death or just bad luck. But this house has been one of the best houses I've ever seen - full of interesting innovations like fully running water and toilets from the moment it was built in 1820's. It was also the place where Lafayette gave one of his famous speeches from the balcony of the house.

Next we headed to the Mercer House which was the home of Jim Williams who was the central character in the Midnight Garden of Good and Evil. The house is still furnished with his aniques and looks fairly similar to the movie - it was interesting to see everything in original form especially as when we got back to Chicago we watched the movie again just to see what it was all like. It's still a pretty ordinary film compared to the book but it was good in the sense that we kept saying "we've been there". Funnily I couldn't remember any details of the film so it was like seeing it new.

Since it was 26 degrees during the day we headed back to the hotel for an afternoon cat nap before hearing back to the river for dinner - I don't know what it is about Savannah on a Sunday night but it was completely dead. Maybe all the tourists headed home on Sunday afternoon. We found the Shrimp Factory and had a decidedly ordinary seafood meal. But we did make up for it with a string of martinis and were chatted up by the waiter who was almost half our age......

Posted by natty176 18:35 Archived in USA Tagged savannah

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