Savannah, Georgia

We drove down the South Carolina coast to Savannah, Georgia and into the sunshine.

Our first stop was to Tybee Island, a large beach resort about half an hour from downtown Savannah. The drive to the beach went over swamp land and creeks; this is bayou country. We tried to spot an alligator when we drove over the swamps, but they were being their usual stealth-like selves. The town of Tybee itself is nothing to write about. The beach, though, is amazing. We saw bottle nose dolphins swimming off the coast and pelicans flying overhead. I loved the all-American swings you could sit on and read your book without getting too sandy.

Day one: a bit cloudy
Day one: a bit cloudy

Day two: glorious sunshine
Day two: glorious sunshine
A trip to downtown Savannah late afternoon showed Georgia’s historic side. Bands were playing country music in the sunshine and it was lively to walk around.

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The River Street district is where Savannah made its fortune importing and exporting goods via the deep water port. The old warehouses have been converted into shops and restaurants and it was interesting to see the Cotton Exchange.

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You can’t help but view the grandeur of these buildings with a sense of unease, though, knowing just how this area was able to prosper.

We wandered around the 24 squares of downtown Savannah, including Chippewa Square, made famous by Forest Gump’s wait at a bus stop. The bench has been carted off to a museum so you can’t re-create the scene in the film, but it was worth a picture nonetheless.

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We were looking for a cheap eat option to stick within our budget and Phil found the Foxy Loxy Cafe near Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah. It was in a historic old house popular with university students and had a backyard with fire pits. We ordered Arnold Palmers (iced tea and lemonade) and some enchilladas and had an impromptu blog-writing session using their free wifi.

A group opposite gave us their unused s’mores packs to toast marshmallows over the fire pits. We made s’mores, like you hear about in films based on camps in America, from toasted marshmallows with chocolate pieces, sandwiched between two sweet crackers. Verdict: very good!

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