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ehs1193 Savannah - A travel report by Ethan
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Savannah,  United States - flag United States -  Georgia
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Savannah, Georgia

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This quaint town, or should I say city, is on the gorgeous Savannah River. It started as a prison for English convicts, but it sure did turn around! It pulls you in, even if it's too hot!

A really old house
A really old house
Savannah, the Hostess City, has a revolutionary and haunted past. It was the first English city in Georgia, so it does have a European flare to it. You can walk to anywhere in the city and you won't be out of breath is you stop at the squares that dot the city. You can take little side trips to Tybee Island or go north, across the modern bridge to South Carolina. You can go to the cemeteries, The Colonial and Bonaventure. Bonaventure isn't a place to miss. You can take a leisurely stroll along Bay Street, or go on a carriage tour, like my tip. The old buildings make you feel like you've gone back in time, yet it still is contemporary in its own way.

Favourite spots:
Creepy cemetery
Creepy cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery is a must. Walking through it seems very eerie. The spanish moss and to the effect. You can't possibly see the whole thing in one day. Tybee Island is a place you can't miss. You can saunter along the beach or watch the fishermen on the pier.

What's really great:
Statue in one of the many squares of Savannah
Statue in one of the many squares of Savannah
The squares are the most amazing. Even though they are little parks in one big city. You can sit in the shade of a live oak, the state tree, or just look at the statues. The most haunted square I think is Johnson Square. There is no sapnish moss in the trees. When it's hot in Savannah, Johnson Square always has a breeze bowling through it. Legend has it that Nathaniel Greene came to Savannah and hated it. It's too hot or the spanish moss was everywhere. When he died and was buried in the square, he makes the breeze blow through and kills the spanish moss. Scary!

St. John the Baptist Church
St. John the Baptist Church
You need to see the historical houses. The Juliette Gordon Low House. St. John the Baptist Church. You can see the storefronts along Bay Street. North of the city, there's a modern looking bridge. That bridge goes over the Savannah River and into South Carolina. You don't want to go outside the city though. Savannah is surrounded by slumps. If you go to Tybee Island or to Bonaventure Cemetery, you have to go outside Savannah.

Window in St. John the Baptist Church
Window in St. John the Baptist Church
I stayed at the Hyatt Regency on Bay Street. They have bad service and chaos galore. They take your car for valet parking, but you don't know where it is. There aren't enough people to work that place. The upsides are that the carriage tour stops here, and the rooms are nice. The hotel is close to most things here. You can eat brunch and watch boats go by.

There's Huey's on Bay Street. They serve authentic New Orleans-style food. It's the next-best thing to being in New Orleans. They even have free begniets for the kids. Definitely look in all the candy shops. They sometimes give out samples. No wonder Savannah is called the Hostess City, and it's known for its "southern hospitality".

Other recommendations:
This might be odd to you at first, but there is reason to my madness. Check out the other hotels. You don't have to stay there to get free things. You can get free food. You can even get free bathroom breaks. Just sitting in the lobby can get you those free little bottles of water.

Published on Sunday February 19th, 2006

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Sun, Mar 26 2006 - 01:57 PM rating by marianne

so you are a cemetery buff! An enjoyable read.

Mon, Feb 20 2006 - 03:57 AM rating by gloriajames

Hiya Ethan
Another nice report. Pity it lacks more info and pics. 4*

Sun, Feb 19 2006 - 10:55 PM rating by bear495

This one is really well written. Personally, I really liked Love's Seafood House when I went to the area. It was shown in the movie, Forest Gump.


Sun, Feb 19 2006 - 03:05 PM rating by davidx

I agree with Rudi completely but it would only need a slightly longer introduction and a spelling out of the places in 'sights' for me to rate it 5*

Sun, Feb 19 2006 - 02:07 PM rating by rangutan

A brilliant second report with very good pictures and tips. Your english script is far better than mine! More detail and length would be required to get that last star* but time and energy is limited I know.... wonderful anyway!

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