Friday, April 21, 2017

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia, founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733, is on the south side of the Savannah River, which separates Georgia from South Carolina.

After a week of winding our way along some of the most remote portions if the ICW, it was a bit surprising to suddenly arrive at this city of 150,000 people. Because our hometown is a shipping port, we felt comfortable negotiating the river channel with its numerous boats, ship traffic, and a dredge right in the middle of the channel. The ships hoot a LOT. I just hope they don't hoot all night long because they are only about 100' from our boat.
There are also many tourist boats, pleasure boats, and water taxis.

We easily found our docking location "behind the 160' sailboat". Docking downriver against the incoming tide was a breeze. After we got secured, tidied up, and showered, we wandered into town to get the lay of the land.

Our first stop (as per Kristie Burrows' recommendation) was River Street Sweets for a warm praline. They were yummy, but soooo sweet. It's basically toasted pecans in a sugar syrup. When they hand you a warm sample as you walk in the door, you just gotta buy some!

We also found Chippewa Square where the bus bench scene from Forrest Gump was filmed. The bench isn't there, but people still visit the square for photos.

Tomorrow we will get groceries and take a trolley tour, and maybe visit the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Please visit us again for more Savannah highlights.

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