Where We Be
Savannah, Georgia
This is one of the greenest and prettiest cities I've seen -- the one-mile-square central Historic District is a stroller's dream
One of the twenty-two squares that grace Savannah's Historic District
Forsyth Park has broad pedestrian walkways, rows of stately oak trees, and a French-inspired fountain at its center
We happened upon a wonderful church bell concert while passing through Wright Square (where Robin is standing) and lingered for awhile
"This noble sequence of wooded and gardened squares...forms the glory of the city" -- William Dean Howells
"The most intelligent grid in America, perhaps the world" -- John Massengale, urbanist author and architect
We covered a lot of miles during our two days in Savannah, criss-crossing the city and seeing every square on foot
We also took a trolley tour, visited City Market (like a mini Pearl Street), and stepped inside the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Savannah has its modern side, as seen along the Riverfront, where you can watch enormous cargo ships steam up the Savannah River
On the outskirts of Savannah is Bonaventure Cemetary, more like a park than a cemetary. It's beautiful by day, perhaps a bit creepy by night!
Lovely avenues of moss-draped oaks grace the entrance to Bonaventure Cemetary
A red rose bush stands out in the midst of moss-draped oaks and cemetary stones
This flower bed marks the spot where Forrest Gump's bench once sat ("Life is like a box of chocolates...")
We have a new favorite American city – Savannah!

I know, I said that about Charleston yesterday, but
Savannah trumps it in my opinion. Charleston may
have more history, but Savannah has an amazing city
layout of 22 lovely squares filled with huge oak trees
draped with Spanish moss. The vertical street down
the center of the Historic District, Bull Street, has
been named the most beautiful city street to stroll
down in America, and I would have to agree. Every
block or so, you come to another one of these lovely
squares, surrounded by churches and antebellum
mansions, and those astounding oak trees gracing
each square, their huge outstretched branches home
to scampering squirrels and chirping birds. Usually
there’s a patriotic statue at the center of each square,
but more important is the simple ambience of these
places. Benches provide welcoming spots to sit and
absorb the atmosphere.

Our favorite experience of the day was coming to
Wright Square and hearing a lovely Christmas bell
concert from the Lutheran Church of the Ascension. It
was one of those magic moments. We sat on a bench
and listened for fifteen minutes, and right then and
there I fell in love with Savannah. Me, a Yankee!