Thursday, September 19, 2013
Savannah, Georgia is the first “planned” city in the United States. It also has the largest historic district in the country. Founder James Oglethorpe was a member of the British Parliment, so he probably liked things nice and orderly. The city still maintains 22 of the original park-like squares that make driving a straight line a challenge. We take a trolley tour and learn things like: Their theatre is the oldest in the country; in the movie, Forest Gump, Savannah’s Independence Presbyterian Church (established 1755) is where a feather floats gently down to the bench where Forest sits; Girl Scouts of the USA founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was born in Savannah. We also welcome two visitors to the trolley.
The river walk along the waterfront is packed with shops and restaurants and visitors willing to part with their money. We take the short ferry ride across to the Westin Hotel and back. Nice view of the city from the water. Next, a walk over to the City Market, home to The Lady & Two Sons, Paula Deen’s restaurant. We were just curious. She’s asked for forgiveness more than once and I believe in second chances. Asked a local, and he puts Mrs. Wilkes’ in the top two. Sorry Paula, you just missed it. Mrs. Wilkes’ dining room is only open weekdays, 11am-2pm. We arrive around 12:30pm and there’s a line out the door and down the sidewalk. When we finally sit down, it’s dish after dish after dish! Comfort food – mashed potatoes, crispy fried chicken, homestyle mac ‘n cheese, cabbage, collared greens, beef stew, etc. It’s good, plain, Southern cooking!
It’s time to leave for Charleston. Savannah and Charleston have a friendly rivalry on who has the nicest historical district.