Friday, August 13, 2010

Georgia: I was down in Savannah eating cream and banana

Southern charm is everywhere in Savannah, Georgia. A national historic site, Savannah is a handsome town with 18th and 19th century architecture, 22 green city squares and a cobble stoned waterfront.

Three different operators give trolley car tours around town and they seem to cover the same route and point out the same sites. We took the cheapest tour, Oglethorpe, because it looked the best, but it wasn’t so great – average really. They would have a better chance of being the best if they didn’t spend so much time justifying why their tour was cheaper than the others and just getting on with providing a great tour!
Anyway, our driver/guide gave us a good overview and helped us get our bearings. He spoke very fast to get everything in and said he was “fixing” to do stuff a lot.

We got off the tour in Market Square and spent the rest of the day wandering up and down soaking in the atmosphere.

Movie buffs will find this interesting – beside a wall in Chippewa Square a famous bench sat and on that famous bench a famous speech was made…

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

That famous scene from Forrest Gump was filmed right here and now the locals know the park as Bubba Gump Square.

However, the bench was just a prop - you can see it in one of the town museums – and there never was a bus stop there either.

Dinner was at a little place on the waterfront where I had the best chicken, strawberry, pecan salad ever – and a pretty darn good piece of key lime pie!

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