Sunday, April 26, 2020

Savannah Georgia Flash Back!

Today is April 26th, 2020, another day in the global pandemic that is plaguing our world right now.  One good thing to come of this is (hopefully) it helps put things into perspective -  what's important, what's not.  Also to be thankful.  We are truly blessed.

We've had the good fortune to be able to travel a fair amount over the last 5 years, and we've spent some of our quarantine time lately scrolling through old photos and reminiscing.  There are so many wonderful places we have been and food we have eaten.  Oh, the food! We are ones that really enjoy eating good local food when we travel. And lots of it.  Might was well make the most of the trip!  One place that we went that I never chronicled on this blog is Savannah Georgia.  Zac had to be in the area for work in the fall of 2015, so we made a long weekend out of visiting Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.  At the end I've included links to my posts about our wonderful meal at Husk and our adventures in Charleston.  But back to Savannah.  What a great city!  So walk-able and perfect in the fall.  I imagine it can be downright hot and muggy in the summer, but with all the live oak trees and shade I'm sure it's wonderful then too.   We only had one day and one night in Savannah and we made the most of it.  Our total miles walked that day in Savannah was a record for me, almost 11 miles!  But so so worth it.  

If you haven't been to historic Savannah, the city is laid out in grids with 22 small parks spread out across the city, abutting the banks of the Savannah River. Streets and sidewalks are brick and cobblestone, lined with live oaks with finger like branches reaching in all directions.  The city was established in 1733 and was a colonial British capital before becoming the first state capital of Georgia.  Lots of old historic buildings and structures are still standing.  The perfect place to explore by foot to take it all in.  It's very flat. 

In what seems like a perfect way to start our exploring, we stumbled upon a wedding upon entering the historic district! It had bagpipes and all.  So charming.  If you happen to know someone who got married on November 21, 2015 in Orleans Square, I've got a photo for them! Check out those live oaks and all the spanish moss.  

More live oaks and spanish moss

Zac in Chippewa Square

Me in Chippewa Square
All that walking worked up a healthy appetite for lunch.  Zac had a tip that we HAD to stop by Zunzi's at some point, so we headed there.  It is a South African inspired walk up type restaurant. 

Waiting in line at Zunzi's
We did not go hungry.  From left to right:  Oliver's Lunch, combination of chicken and homemade South African sausage served over right.  On the right is the Godfather, which is French Bread, Chicken, South African Sausage, Provolone, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Sheba Sauce, Zunzi's Sauce, Zunzi's Dressing, Parmesan.  Zunzi's is on the edge of Oglethorpe Square, so we found ourselves a park bench and enjoyed our very tasty eats.   That homemade South African sausage was GOOD.  

Sufficiently stuffed, we headed out for more exploring.   On our stroll we stumbled upon this church, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, open for visitors to come inside.  What a site.

Off Madison Square. I just liked the way this street looked! 

Wedding number two!  In Madison Square

Brick streets

Those trees! Very cool. 

Zac on Jones St.  Such a cool place. 

Nearly 11 miles, 11 MILES later, we need a little pick me up and land at Lulu's Chocolate Bar.  All we wanted was a simple ice cream sundae........

Before it got too dark we had to go exploring through a cemetery, and chose Bonaventure Cemetery east of historic downtown.  Upon entering the grounds, we meet a new friend.

The cemetery is on the banks of the Wilmington River.  Even in daylight the place was genuinely creepy.

Zac was our key to a tasty dinner in having heard about a Jamaican Restaurant on Waters Avenue.  I don't recall exactly what we ordered, but we got a nice assortment of small dishes to share. It was delicious and would highly recommend it!

After dinner we headed back into downtown Savannah to get a glimpse of the city at night. We also were told we can't leave without getting ice cream at Leopold's, which has now been around for over 100 years, so of course we did what we were told! 

This place is very popular

Waiting in line for ice cream.  Yes i'm excited, who wouldn't be? 

Yes we've already had one ice cream sundae that afternoon. There is no limit on sundaes per day! 
And that my friends was the end of our Savannah adventure of 2015. We got up the next day and hit the road back to Alabama.  I have had the good fortune to go back once since then, for work, almost exactly a year ago in 2019.  I flew in and out in under 24 hours so didn't see much or do much, but still such a charming place to visit.

Check out the rest of our Charleston-Savannah weekend here:
Dinner at Husk, A Restaurant by Sean Brock (James Beard winner)
Weekend Getaway - Charleston, SC - this involved some really fun oyster shucking! I'm a natural, apparently.

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