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January 22, 2018

Still Heading South: Savannah, Georgia

by Steve Winogradsky

Continuing our tour of the South, we made our way to Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia. Established in 1733, Savannah was a strategic port city in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Like many older cities, it has its own charm and beautiful houses from a time gone by, with styles and opulence you don't see anymore.




It also has many beautiful and historical churches, one with a history about a song that everyone knows.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Can you guess what song was written here?

Along the waterfront are shops and restaurants catering to the tourist crowd (like us). Here we saw some original artwork about our traveling companion.

The only cat we have left, I'm afraid. But we enjoy his company!
There is also a statue dedicated to Florence Martus, The Waving Girl, who greeted ships who came into the harbor for many years, a tradition that continues to this day.


Braving the cold wet weather, I've got my own Waving Girl.

Around town, we saw several interesting items and signs.

This is a downspout on an old building.

Do the blind know that they are supposed to cross here? And how do they know?

Seems very un-PC, don't you think?
Towards the end of our last day, we toured the Telfair Family Mansion, formerly owned by one of Savannah's leading (and richest) philanthropists, Mary Telfair. In front of the building are sculptures of Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Phidias, an ancient Greek sculptor. Mrs. Telfair also endowed several museums in the city.


Savannah is a beautiful city, but it's time to move on!



Note: We were here in early December.

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  1. You are like two drifters, off to see the world.
    (Moon River flows near Savannah, Mercer's hometown.)

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