Final Thoughts on Savannah

What a fun visit..

Things to consider..

  • Use the Trolley Vendor for visit. They give a great tour.
  • Parking is a challenge. Take pictures of your parking space and area. I lost my car. Can make one frantic.
  • Go with the flow.
  • Stop by the Savannah College of Art, especially their gift shop.
  • Bring water, it’s hot.
  • See Tybee Island, but plan for traffic.
  • ENJOY…………..

Davenport House

Davenport House, built in 1820, was the home of master builder Isiah Davenport. He and his wife ran his business from their home. They had 10 children of which 6 lived to adulthood. Mr. Davenport was an architect, alderman, and fire master in the community. Sadly, there are no pictures of the man who contributed so much.

Home furnishings are indicative of the era, and as a master builder this “model home” has many additional charms. Let’s take a peek:

Home Upgrades: Spiral Staircase and Rounded Arch
Dining Room – the knowledgeable docent told us that children did not eat with the family. With 10 children one wonders where they ate?? Forgot to ask that question…
As fire master these items were visible and close to the front of the home. In this home they were stored at the bottom of the stairs.

The home is lovely and was an enjoyable tour. Davenport House has many weddings on its property and in touring its grounds one can tell why. It is a perfect setting.

The walled garden

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream is a family tradition and a delicious one at that.

Best ice cream I ever had.

Wait was a half hour, but worth it. Staff from the store distribute water to patrons in line. Nice touch. Make your decision in line by accessing the menu via the net.

Inside the store..

The current owner was a former vice president of a major movie company. Some memorabilia.

And what I ordered. It was amazing. Save your appetite.

Good thing I don’t live near by.

St John the Baptist Church

On my way to the Church came across an Indian wedding. What color, pageantry, and fun these folks were having. Take a peek..

Then on the stairs of St. John the Baptist, a bridesmaid. What a glorious day for these weddings.

This 14 year old gal told me this is an authentic Mexican bridesmaid dress.

Now, on to the Church.

Inside the church a Baptismal ceremony was being conducted.

Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St. Joseph. His altar and mural at the Church.

Visited another favorite Saint, Saint Therese

A closing picture of the beautiful altar.

The Jim Williams home: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Have always wanted to tour this home, and it didn’t disappoint. This was the home of Jim Williams, a prominent antique dealer. He was a self made man of many extraordinary artistic talents. The movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is based on a story which occurred in this home.

Jim Williams was accused of killing his employee, Danny Hansford. They had a relationship. He was eventually exonerated after 4 trials then died of a heart attack shortly after his exoneration.

The home is lovely and if you have the time, see it. No photographs are allowed. Docents are well versed in the art as well as Mr. Williams life. The home is open during the Christmas season and since Mr. Williams was an enormous Christmas buff am sure it will dazzle. If in the area I plan on returning.

There are several books related to this story. The Lawyer Games describes the 4 trials.

Make time to visit the gift shop as you are certain to find several unique gifts. Here are some pictures.

Bonaventure Cemetery

On my journey to Florida for the continuing saga of condo renovation stopped in Savannah, Georgia. What a beautiful City with much to do. Glad I started my day early on this one day visit as there were many visitors in town.

First Stop: Bonaventure Cemetery

Gates open at 8 a.m. and I toured on my own. However, if you are a cemetery buff recommend the tour. Call for specifics.

There are several cemeteries in Savannah. This one is possibly the most beautiful and on the National Registry of Historic Places. Found it’s Jewish portion quite interesting with a synagogue for services,

and many mausoleums, interesting stones. In Jewish tradition a pebble is left when one visits the grave.

Some other interesting cemetery pieces

Johnny Mercer and his family are interred in this cemetery. Mercer was a co-founder of Capitol Records and won 4 Academy Awards for his music. Some of his famous songs are:

  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • That Old Black Magic
  • Hooray for Hollywood

The Cemetery grounds are rugged and beautiful. It sits on the Wilmington River.

What a lovely view for your final resting spot.

Chinatown

It’s been 16 months since I last visited New York City and Chinatown is the spot I missed the most. So much activity and the food, baked goods and massages are to die for.

Welcome Back

Menu, what shall I choose??

Noodles..

With a demonstration on how to twirl..

And soup..

Then a walk through town. Some interesting signs..

Good advice from Snoopy and Lucy.

And finally.. a foot massage, what a treat and so missed.

Another different restaurant pod, fascinating.. Think I’m getting obsessed with these? Me, too..

And finally a new New York City historical site to monitor and eventually visit. The oldest brick building in New York is under renovation. A future blog…

And don’t forget Little Italy is just across Canal Street. If only I had room for one of those delicious cannolis…

This ends my visit to New York City … will be returning in November and already have a play ticket.

Life is good. New York is back.

Central Park Visit

Our trio visited Central Park next. Another amazing time. We started our visit at the Central Park entrance near the American Museum of Natural History began by Theodore Roosevelt. Here he is in stone.

We were greeted by some amazing flowering bushes and trees. What colors…

A variety of dogs crossed our path – some yappy, some chilling, and some friendly.

And the sign posts in the garden splendor, share your story..

Shakespeare Garden

The splendor of the garden.

View From Belvedere Castle

The Castle

Strawberry Fields .. make a stop

Have some fun in the Park.

Enjoy the views.

Time never ends in a garden.

Socrates Park

Next on the agenda was Socrates Park, a sculpture garden on the Hudson with amazing views of Manhattan.

While currently changing exhibits they did have a few stationery sculptures.

And always interesting to see the inner working of these operations.

Then some of the bonuses, like a place to sit in the grass or a picnic area,

A final laugh – look what we found on the street outside. A parking lot for ice cream trucks, only in New York!

And for tonight, the drive in..