Exploring Savannah and Tybee Island

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent exploring Savannah and Tybee Island. Savannah was absolutely beautiful. There was so much amazing history intertwined throughout the city. I just finished the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which is a non-fiction book that highlights much of Savannah's history. It was really cool to be able to see all the locations talked about in the book in person. We took a trolley tour through the city that had a narrated history of many of the cities 24 squares, historical buildings, prominent families in Savannah and also fun facts about movies such as Forrest Gump, The Last Song, Cape Fear and many others. 

One of the cities many squares
A statue of General Oglethorpe in one of the squares. 
A replica of a French fountain 

An example of the amazing architecture found throughout the city 

An adorable b&b

The city's famous river walk
After spending the day in Savannah we went to Tybee Island for the night. It was nice to be able to catch some sun on the beach before dinner. 

I love white sand beaches
The waves were big enough for people to surf! 
After the beach we went to dinner and ice cream...

My dress
I got this ridiculously huge banana split at the ice cream place...I probably ate less than a third of it, but it was yummy
Obviously had to take a picture of the Jersey Ice Cream sign for my Gigi.

On Wednesday we went back to Savannah to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery. Unfortunately, because of a funeral they were not offering official tours, but we were still able to explore the 140 acre cemetery. The cemetery was originally a 600 acre plantation that was sold along with its private cemetery in 1846 to become a public cemetery. It is located on the bluff of the Wilmington River The Bonaventure Cemetery was also key in the plot of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The photo on the book's cover is of a statue that was originally located in the cemetery until it was moved to a museum out of fear of vandalism. There were so many neat headstones that dated so long ago. Many families had large plots where many people had been buried. I wish that we had been able to take the tour because I am sure (and I know from research) that there are many neat stories that go along with many of the grave sites, but because of the age and size of the cemetery it would have been nearly impossible to find all the well known headstones. 
This is the office for the cemetery but the building was beautiful and surrounded by trees and spanish moss. 

This is one of my favorite monuments that we saw in the cemetery...the carvings were so beautiful. 
Sorry for the photo overload in this post, there was just so many cool things to see. Really, the photos don't give justice to the amazing architecture, its something that you really have to see in person. Savannah is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time and finishing the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil only made me want to visit more! I definitely want to go back and see more of Savannah, and spend more time looking at the landmark houses. 

If you have not read the book by John Berendt, I highly recommend it. I purchased the movie and I think I will watch it tonight. 
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