Sunday, November 9, 2014

Savannah, Georgia

While visiting Hilton Head Island, we decided to take a day trip into Savannah, Georgia. We found a quaint village like atmosphere with many friendly people, good food and charming shops. They have a riverwalk that has lots to do and see....

Crossing the Savannah River across Hutchinson Island into the City of Savannah.

Overview of some of the working ships in the Port of Savannah.

We arrived downtown and found many old buildings, all in excellent shape and a vibrant City that looked like it takes pride in what it stands for.

There is a City park that runs the length of the downtown area. It's a delightful stroll with many areas with statues and stories to tell.

This is the statue of John Wesley, an early religious leader and leader of the Methodist movement in the early colonies.

Remember, Savannah has lots of history. It's the oldest City in Georgia, was the State's first Capital, and is Georgia's fifth largest city.

It is home to many preserved churches, homes and businesses, many dating back to the early 1800s.

The downtown area has been left in early use motif. The roads are cobblestone or brick, narrow and many one way and one lane roads.

This area consists of shops and
restaurants and has three levels.

Overviews of the downtown area between Montgomery Street and the Savannah River.

If you look closely, you can see the shelters along the boardwalk on the left. These housed art for sale, tourist trinkets and food. There are finer restaurants on the right side of the street.

Strolling along the boardwalk, one can see the ships moving up and down the river. The Port of Savannah is a major shipping port located about 18 miles inland from the Atlantic. It is an international port meaning vessels from all over the world are served here.

Along the boardwalk is this memorial to World War II. It depicts a 'world divided' and is in two halves with a walking path in between with a granite wall naming those from Georgia who gave their lives in WWII.

This view shows the many shops and restaurants along the riverfront.

It was enjoyable to simply walk around the downtown area. There is much to see and do all along this area. We found it to be a relaxed and comfortable stroll.
If walking is not your thing, one can take a leisurely tour in one of the horse drawn carriages.

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