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Savannah: What a Lady!

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There was something about her that drew me. It wasn’t just her beauty—though it was legendary—nor was it the way she made me feel, as if I were under a spell. It could have been any of her more obvious charms … even her scent, Magnolia and Gardenia. But more than any of these it was the air of history in which she was shrouded—beckoning, “Come set with me, let me put my arms around you, stay with me a while and I’ll share (some of) my story.”

The “she” in discussion is not another woman. I am, however … a woman in love.

“She” is Savannah, one of the most enchanting cities I know—from her outlying marshes to the banks of the Savannah River, through the bustle of the Historic District’s City Market and its beautifully preserved homes. Wandering her streets, squares and alleys could become a preoccupation. The last stop on Sherman’s March to the Sea can still light a fire in the heart of a 21st century romantic. To be in Savannah is to take a step back to the days of southern heroines. Why, “fiddle-dee-dee” a girl could spend days just sitting in the lush shade of the Spanish moss draped oaks surrounding the twenty-two squares. Or take in a variety of art galleries and museums. A stroll within the historic district, in any direction, yields a new and interesting restaurant, pub or shop in which to while away an hour or two. It’s a tourist’s delight and feels like a homecoming to a southerner.

The accents of the people behind the bar—or taking your order (familiar southern voices)—respond quickly with, “Yes ma’am coming right up!” when you ask for a Sweet Tea.  “House wine of the south …”

Delight in Low-Country Southern fare or dine on down home style delicious Collard Greens and Butter Beans at Ms. Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons, just off Market Square. Then quaff down some Oysters on the half-shell (with a few cold ones) at one of the many excellent pubs/bars down on River Street as the cooler breeze comes in with evening on the banks of the Savannah River. Take a stroll down and wave to the passing boats near the statue of the famous “Waving Girl.”
Several fine art collections at the Telfair Museum offer a treat for the afternoon, stop by and pay your respects to Flannery O’Conner, Julia Gordon Low (and the Girl Scouts) before you enjoy a walking tour of Savannah’s most haunted places. At some point do drive out Skidaway Road and watch closely for the tiny sign that points out the turn to Bonaventure Cemetery, almost a day trip in itself. Take a note from Johnny Mercer and Accentuate the Positive while visiting. It really doesn’t have to be Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to prompt a visit … drop by anytime, she is a gracious hostess.

I love Savannah. Can’t get enough of her … even in the heat of summer … like Paris, she sizzles. In fact, she’s calling me now!

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