Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wrapping Up Savannah

Our return flight wasn't until Monday afternoon so we still had Monday morning for a few more stops.  We started with breakfast at the Funky Brunch Cafe, only a few blocks walk from our hotel.
On the way there, we passed the Pirate House, built in 1754.  It is associated with Savannah's maritime history and Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and is also a stop on some of the ghost tours.
After breakfast, we couldn't pass up a stop in Dick Blick Art Materials next door.  We are familiar with the online store, but hadn't had an opportunity to visit a retail store before. 
Since Savannah is home to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), it makes a lot of sense to have an art store here.  SCAD has renovated a lot of historic buildings for the school throughout Savannah, in fact the only new construction they undertook was freshman dormitories.
There are many ways to tour Savannah, including several trolley companies, walking tours, carriage tours,
and Savannah Slow Ride.
Did we mention the Waving Girl before?  Florence Martus lived in Savannah from 1869-1943, and while the stories differed slightly, she was known for waving at the ships that went up and down the Savannah River.  One story said she waved because her brother operated the lighthouse, another said she was waiting for the return of her significant other who went off to sea; at any rate, as the story goes, she waved at ships for 44 years, thus this statue in her honor along the waterfront.
Another point of interest was the Independent Presbyterian Church.  This church is known, among other things, for being the church used at the beginning of the movie Forrest Gump, where the feather drifted down from the top of the steeple.  Savannah was the scene for several other movies as well.
We hope you've enjoyed our virtual tour of Savannah, and that you get to visit for a real tour of your own!

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