RV - Savannah

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
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Trip End Dec 07, 2013


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Red Gate Farm RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Georgia
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

We are really enjoying the charm of the southern state cities and today we spent time in Savannah, Georgia. The city is known as the Hostess City of the South, welcoming visitors to its cobblestoned streets and unique coastal setting. 

Sheltered beneath a thick canopy of live oak trees, dripping with Spanish moss, the city’s National Landmark Historic district showcases world class antebellum, Victorian, Italianate, Federal and neo-Gothic architecture. The city is very easy to walk around with a grid layout centred around stunning parks, each with a central statue or fountain. We were able to park the RV at the Savannah visitors centre and walk the one mile along historic streets to the edge of the Savannah River.

After lunch we took a riverboat cruise aboard the Georgia Queen. The Savannah River which divides the two states of South Carolina and Georgia, much like the Murray River in Australia, is an active shipping port. It has over 2,300 vessels unloading cargo at the port in Savannah and this afternoon we watched a cargo ship from the Panama navigate the rather narrow river. During the 1970’s an urban renewal project transformed abandoned cotton warehouse space along the riverfront into the colourful array of shops, galleries, restaurants and boutiques that exist today.
 
Following our cruise we walked along Bull Street toward the sprawling green space of Forsyth Park. The park has four beautiful avenues of trees that converge at a central fountain and garden. It was relaxing to sit on the park benches watching the cool water flowing gently from the fountain.

We had read in the tourist information of a restaurant called Belford’s Savannah (Belford being Jan’s maiden name) so we decided it should be our destination for dinner. The restaurant specializes in seafood and steak and we enjoyed a beautiful seafood dinner. Inside the restaurant are photographs of the Belford family who ran a wholesale food company on the site. W. T. Belford purchased the building in 1913 from Savannah’s Hebrew community. The company was an integral part of the City Market, the bustling social and commercial heart of early Savannah.
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