Knotthead Travels South

For about six days in June, Knotthead visited the southern coastal city of Savannah. He found statues, malls (not the shopping kind), cemeteries, southern charm, maritime history, and lots of places to eat and drink.  Wasn't any culture shock here.  Georgia has many of the foods and fun that Carolinians can appreciate.

This is the main drag, River Street, that greeted him and his wife when they rolled in after a ten hour drive.  See the open door directly over the flag on the restaurant's awning?  That's the balcony door to the room they were headed to at the River Street Inn.

They checked in and took their stuff up to these stairs to the hall where their room was.  Here is a idea of what the place looked like all over.  These building used to be the cotton warehouses "back in the day."

Here is the view from the balcony pointed out earlier.  Giant container ship headed up and down the river were so close they would fill the windows.  This was gonna be a great week from the looks of things.


During the day, they took tours of the city surrounding River Street.  You can walk from one end of the city to the other by way of these squares or malls.  Up there is a statue of George Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia.  Over there is John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church.  Up in the corner is Forsythe Park at the end of the mall of squares.  The Sears-Roebuck Fountain awaits you after your long walk.


Another way to tour the city was by coach.  These old horse-drawn classics would take them around to see the as many of the old houses as they could.  The drivers were pretty knowledgeable too.



This is a typical historic house that
can be found all over the city.


The tour that was most fun was the river boat that went up the river for a couple of miles.  They rode along with a large container ship and got to see their room from the water.  That's it down there.  It's the middle building, second floor over the awnings, and the last three windows on  the right.


Eventually, they had to get into the rental car and drive to some cool places surrounding Savannah.  There are many old cemeteries around there.  After they'd had their fill of giant, decadent grave markers, they went for a scenic drive to Tybee Island.  There's a place that could turn into a week on its own.  Beautiful scenery, forts, and the lighthouse were only a few of the attractions.


The last place that was a must-see for Knotthead was the Maritime Museum.  Not as good as the one in Newport News but very specific to the local marine scene.

The whole week was spent touring, walking, dining, and there was a bit of partying.  Every evening they went to a different restaurant on River Street.  After walking around to digest, it was time to have a few cold summertime beverages while listening to the amazing Chief play and sing at The Bayou, a walk-up restaurant on the second level of River Street.

On the last night of the big visit, it was time to get dressed up and go for a romantic dinner at The Pirates' House, one of the oldest building in Savannah.  Once a hang-out for seafarers, especially pirates, it was the scene of the first chapters of Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island.  He had been to the Inn and was moved by the colour of the place.  Wife had a good salmon plate and Knotthead had- what else- duck.  Can't take that boy very far from Knotts Island.

They got some t-shirts and refrigerator magnets and packed up the car.  It was a sad sight to see Savannah sinking into the horizon as they groggily drove up I-95, back to the coast that they loved the best.

Good ol' Savannah.  Ya'll wait up.  We'll be back.

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