After we had a wonderful stop at St. Simons for lunch we made the rest of the journey to wonderful Savannah. We arrived at our hotel, the Hilton Desoto, in the afternoon and had a few hours of free time before the evenings activities, so we decided to use that time to explore the charming historic district. I instantly fell in love with it. It has 22 squares, which are basically little parks, tucked in among the streets that add so much beauty to the area. The square across the street from our hotel was Madison Square, I know perfect right? If any of you have been to Savannah you know that squirrels are anything but rare, they are honestly everywhere, but I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of the cute lil guys, they are just so cute! Savannah is just a gorgeous, laid back place, its hard to describe in words, its like walking down a page of a picture book. The one thing that I was super excited to see in the South was the decorative wrought iron which is such a defining feature of Southern architecture so I made sure to take lots and lots of pictures of different styles of the intricate wrought iron work.
This was a plaque on a house we walked by, I just think it was so fascinating to be surrounded by so many homes that have such great history and character to them.
See these squares are just amazing, so lush and green. They are so PRETTY! And they are everywhere! Gardenia trees were in bloom everywhere, I couldn't believe it, they are such elegant flowers I never tired of admiring their beauty.
Today was a very hot day so we decided to have ice cream for lunch to cool us down. We went to Leopold's Ice Cream shop, its famous. I got the girl scout thin mint ice cream made into a sundae, I thought that was super appropriate since I had just walked the halls of the woman's house who started the organization, plus thin mints are the best. Man that sundae hit the spot, it was just what I needed to keep me going, I was on the verge of being a grumpy tourist which I strive so hard not to be when I travel. Then we continued our adventures and explored the Victorian district. The distinct architectural characteristic of Victorian homes is the decorative white wooden trim that makes these homes look like life size gingerbread houses, they are adorable yet elegant.
SCAD =Savannah College of Art and Design, it has a very strong presence in Savannah, it owned like half of the business buildings, but since its a design school, they were cool buildings.
This is the wonderful store that we found our precious Audubon prints at. It was a cute little place owned by a cute couple that lived in the upstairs part of the house, their house was nicknamed the wedding cake house because it looks like it is decorated in white frosting. They offered to give us a tour of the inside of their house, and we of course accepted, it was a beautiful house! When they first moved to Savannah, they picked out the square that they thought was the prettiest and waited until a house went up for sale around that square, and this was the first one that went up for sale! haha sounds like how I would chose a place to live, but they sure lucked out. They had these two little dogs down in the shop that they absolutely adored, and I didn't blame them they were incredible well behaved and sweet little puppies.
These are the prints that I got and this is how I framed them when I got home!! I just absolutely love them!! They will always be a very special keepsake from my first trip to Georgia.
After dinner we all sat on the porch and savored the gentle, cool breeze on our faces and the fullness of our bellies, it was a fun memory I'm glad we took the time to cherish the moment.