Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you, the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia as seen from our hotel window.
Tim and I are just back from a quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina actually but we overnighted in Savannah on the road trip (Road Trip!). Tim had a meeting and suggested that I come along for the ride. Always a good time road tripping with my sweetie. Originally we thought that by leaving a day early, we could explore Savannah's historic district a bit but the weather suggested that we explore it only as far as the hotel and the restaurant just across the street. Dang. We saw only enough to whet our appetite for a future visit. It was cold and wet and gloomy and utterly too unpleasant to enjoy the sort of meandering we would normally do. The hotel however was lovely. And the restaurant was in a long row of very old buildings along the river filled with shops and other restaurants and bars and accessible by equally old stone and brick steps that were very steep and due to the weather, very slippery. Thank goodness for hand rails! We ate at a place called The Cotton Exchange Grill. The people were very friendly, the atmosphere, charming and the food was good. Can't complain about that. Just down the row was a candy shop, whose name I've unfortunately forgotten, where they make their own candy in house. We walked through, breathing in that wonderful fragrance and nibbling on samples that they offered. We then slipped and slid across the cobblestones and went back up the historically dangerous staircase and wisely returned back to our warm and well lit and non-slippery hotel room.
In the morning we resumed our journey. It turns out that Savannah is a very short distance from South Carolina so it was only a few hours to Charleston where Tim's meeting was. There we stayed in a hotel that was so brand new it had only opened its doors a few days earlier. In fact, we were the very first people to stay in the room we were assigned! One of the staff suggested that from now on Room 439 will be known as The Humphreys Room. Very cool. That was a brand new experience.
We actually know folks in South Carolina and while Tim was at his various meetings, I hung around with Christina who has only lived in SC for a few months herself. She and her hubby were perfect hosts for those two days. Together, Christina and I toured one historic plantation (all prettied up with Christmas decorations), three museums, an historic home (also decked out with Christmas froufrou) and poked around some charming shops all things that were new to us both. Because of the unpleasant weather, the tour groups were very small. And in fact, at two of the museums we were a tour group of two. Awesome! There is a lot to be said for being an off season tourist! We got to see a little bit of the area, visit old friends, learn some history, do some shopping and just be somewhere else for a few days before heading back home, again through the rain.
Both Georgia and South Carolina are beautiful states. Lots of trees and water of all sorts. It was different seeing all the different kind of water that they offer: the lowlands, kind of marshy as well as ponds, lakes, rivers and ocean. Take your pick! I loved the old buildings, charming little towns and of course, as I've already indicated at least a dozen times here today, the history. I just dig that stuff.
Here's a sample of what we saw:
So long, Georgia and Adieu South Carolina. We will be back in nicer weather to visit you again!
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.