Monday, April 17, 2017

2nd Day in Savannah, Georgia

Today, Don and I spent most of the day on a Savannah Trolley Tour. We took the entire ride around Savannah to get the big picture, which took about 90 minutes. There is so much history here, it was hard to decide where to stop to follow up. The deal with the trolley company is we can get on and off as many times as we want all day until 6 PM. We also signed up for the "Ghosts and Gravestones Frightseeing Tour," which starts tonight. We were apparently lucky to purchase our tickets before they sold out today.

There are other tour companies in Savannah, including trolley tours, walking tours, horse-and-buggy tours, Segway tours, and pedicab service.

Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia

There are fifteen stops on the tour, with an optional guide ($5.00 extra) that tells more about the different sights and attractions at each stop. One of the things that makes Savannah such a beautiful and walkable city. We spent time in beautiful Forsyth Park, historic Lafayette Square, and the Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. We also saw Chippewa Square, a setting for a scene in "Forest Gump." We learned Savannah has been a popular setting for movies over the years. Besides all the military and commercial history, it was also the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Lowe and the Girl Scouts.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Source)

While I took an afternoon nap back at our downtown motel, Don visited the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. He is a retired U.S. Navy sailor and enjoyed all the model ships on display there.

I'm glad I got a rest, though, so I could stay up late enough to enjoy the ghost tour tonight. After all, Savannah has been named "America's most haunted city." How that can be, compared to New Orleans, I don't know. But Don and I braved the ghosts to learn more about the deep history of this town. Honestly, the ghost tour was one of the most fun and entertaining tours we've had here and opens up a whole different side of the history of this town-- one with hangings and drownings and skeletons unearthed and with things that go bump in the night. Highly recommended.

So far we've found two good places serving vegetarian and vegan food in the city. One is Carlitos Mexican Bar and Grill, but you need to ask for a separate menu.

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