Savannah Delight

Some places on the map attract me for the pure pleasure of seeing and hearing their names. El Paso, Tallahassee or Pocasset — there is some mystery in those names like in exotic dishes that I am eager to taste. Savannah is one of them.

For a while already I had wanted to go there. I have heard about its charm and its southern hospitality. So on the way to the Cape by a southern route, Savannah, Georgia was a perfect stop.

There was no special agenda, nobody there to meet, no particular monument, battlefield or cemetery to visit — a great contrast with the visit to Montgomery, Alabama. The only goal was to stay in the center of the city for the possibility to walk everywhere and stumble upon things — to experience that city intuitively and intimately.

Our hotel was located in the historic district near the Savannah River and a wave of southern hospitality touched me immediately at the reception desk. A very kind, elegant gentleman — wearing a bow tie — glanced at my Priority Club Rewards card and upgraded our room, without extra charge, to a room ”with the view” as he put it. And what a room it was! A penthouse with four windows, and every one with a slightly different view of the Savannah River.

From the moment of checking into the hotel, till two days later checking out, the Savannah visit was a pure delight.

Here are some photos illustrating what I stumbled upon there.

Lion fountain, Savannah GA

Lion Fountain near the Factors Walk area

Savannah River from neaby roof

Savannah River - view from the hotel's roof

Savannah, Georgia historic waterfront, looking eastward

Historic Water Front - eastward

Savannah, Georgia - historic waterfront, looking westward

Historic Water Front - westward

Savannah, Georgia water front building: texture

Water Front building - texture

Bradford making roses, Alicja Mann and Bradford

Bradford making a rose for Alicja

Sweet Mellisa's Restaurant on Whitaker Street, Savannah, GA

Sweet Mellisa's restaurant on Whitaker St.

Marshall House - oldest hotel in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah's oldest hotel

College of  Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

College of Art and Design

Architectural detail in Savannah, Georgia

Architectural detail

Park at Wright Square, Savannah, GA

Park at Wright Square

Southern Live Oak tree

Southern Live Oak

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss

Spanish moss is a very interesting, self-sufficient plant, not a parasitic one as some seem to think. For me the most intriguing fact is that this plant is not related to other common mosses but (I would never guess!) to the pineapple. They are distant cousins in the family Bromeliaceae. Let me know if this is not correct or what you think about it.

In the meantime, just for fun and your pleasure here is an interesting old tale about Spanish moss (reprinted from Wikipedia):

There was once a traveler who came with his Spanish fiancée in the 1700s to start a plantation near the city of Charleston SC. She was a beautiful bride-to-be with long flowing raven hair. As the couple was walking over the plantation sight[sic] near the forest, and making plans for their future, they were suddenly attacked by a band of Cherokee who were not happy to share the land of their forefathers with strangers. As a final warning to stay away from the Cherokee nation, they cut off the long dark hair of the bride-to-be and threw it up in an old live oak tree. As the people came back day after day and week after week, they began to notice the hair had shriveled and turned grey and had begun spreading from tree to tree. Over the years the moss spread from South Carolina to Georgia and Florida. To this day, if one stands under a live oak tree, one will see the moss jump from tree to tree and defend itself with a large army of beetles.

Well, the beetles did not attack me while taking this picture! Perhaps they were sleepy that day.

Wright Square, Savannah, GA

Wright Square

Elegant street pot in Savannah, Georgia

Elegant street pot

'till next time, Savannah

Till next time Savannah!

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Photos and text (except the Wikipedia article) copyright © 2011 by Alicja Mann.

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8 Comments on “Savannah Delight”

  1. Bill Breisky Says:

    Ah, Savannah.

    And the she-crab soup….

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Hello Bill,

      Sorry to say, but I am still not familiar with the taste of she-crab soup. It must be delicious!

      I was very intrigued that you wrote “she-crab” soup and not just crab soup. I also wondered about “he-crab” soup. 🙂

      After some short research of that matter, I learned that the important ingredient of she-crab soup is crab roe which of course has to come from a gravid crab.

      I also found a nice recipe for Savannah Crab Soup (definitely a she-crab soup!) and will try to make it while I am still on the Cape. All of it because of your comment – many thanks for it!

  2. Pam Says:

    Wow, I never thought much about a visit to Savannah. You’ve shown me that it would be fascinating. Thanks.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Hi Pam,

      Yes, I highly recommend visiting Savannah and while you are there, do not forget to taste the she-crab soup! Please see the two comments above.

      Thanks for reading my blog.

  3. Beautiful. Where are you now? How is Hurricane Irene effecting you? Alicia and I are in DC. The worst of Irene is supposed to reach us around 1 a.m.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Dear Christina,

      I am on Cape Cod, Massachusetts at this moment. Hurricane Irene was not as harsh as expected, but left us without electricity and telephone connection for several days. At first living with candle lights was even charming, but later the lack of electricity was not fun at all – you know the story! I hope you did not have a hard time over there.

      Labor Day weekend was really nice – everything back to normal and warm sunny times. Today is a rainy day, a good one for some catching up with things.

      Thank you for writing and sorry for my delay in responding.

  4. Joe Bourne Says:

    Hello Alicja,

    Thank you for sharing your “Savannah Delight”. Hope to see you this season.

    Joe Bourne

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