St. Patrick's Day in Savannah
Trip Start Mar 13, 2008
14Trip End Mar 29, 2008
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We had the trolley tour through the historic district--which, once again, is a veneration of dead rich white people's houses and military men. But the houses are truly lovely. Savannah is laid out on a grid system and incorporates 24 squares which are around 1 or 2 blocks square and planted with azaleas, dogwoods and big ol' live oak trees dripping with spanish moss--and everything is in bloom
The boat tour up and down the Savannah River was kind of a let down. The weather was nice and it's great being on the water, but mostly we had a tour of giant, ugly polluting industrial plants and giant ocean-going freighters and tankers being loaded or unloaded at the Port of Savannah. The highlight was the captain of our tour boat explaining the plimsel line on the boats. Little McKeeman family inside reference.
St. Patrick's Day is apparently a huge holiday around here and as the afternoon wore on the tavern area along River Street was filling up with increasing numbers of soon to be drunk 20-somethings. Everyone was wearing St. Patrick's Day "mardi gras" beads, green t-shirts and funny hats. One guy actually had on a lime green and lemon yellow plaid kilt. Saw a guy walking two Irish terriers. He was very impressed that I knew they were irish terriers, an uncommon breed. But I know my dogs!
I could be very happy spending every March in Savannah. The historic district is beautiful and has plenty of stuff going on (if the bus loads of tourists don't get out of hand), there is a beach nearby on a barrier island and it all seems laid back and gay friendly. The azaleas are spectacular and the wisteria is just about ready to bloom. What's not to like?
We might possibly reach Florida tomorrow. We'll see.