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Thanksgiving Savannah 2007
 
 
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clarys savannah
After Hilton Head, it was time for Ilaria and I to say goodbye to my family and continue our travels of the Southeast. My parents gave us a ride to the train station to drop off our bags and then we all drove to downtown Savannah where we went to have breakfast at Clary's.
 
clarys menu savannah
Clary's became famous in the book/movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". I'm glad we watched that movie and decided to try out this dinner, because it was good.
 
Clarys omelet Savannah
My mom, Ilaria and I had omelets that had apples and cinnamon inside. It sounded weird, but was really tasty.
 
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My dad had an order of pancakes
 
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that also came with a giant plate full of the basics.
 
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That was some breakfast.

After breakfast, my folks began their 9hr drive home
 
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and Ilaria and I began to explore Savannah.
 
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Savannah is truely a unique city in the world.
 
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It is filled with the standard features of nice Southern US towns towns like big shady trees
 
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and big churches.
 
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Although not as history rich as Charleston, it is not without history; for example the Union troups came through Savannah, and General Grant actually stayed in this house while he was in town.
 
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But the major distinguishing feature of Savannah is the large number of beautiful
 
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squares (like the placa of Catalunya, plaza of Spain, and piazza of Italy).
 
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The many different trolley tours in the city provide a way to quickly see most of the squares, so that's how we started out tour of Savannah.
 
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The trolley made a quick stop
 
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at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist,
 
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but other than that one stop the trolley just drove from square to square with the driver describing some of the houses. It was worth the money to have a quick overview of the sites we wanted to walk around later.
 
pirates house savannah
We also drove by the "Pirates House" which was in Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island.
 
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After the trolley tour finished, we began to explore Savannah on foot. We found cement with shells in it like we'd seen in St. Augustine, FL.
 
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Savannah is a fantastic city to walk around.
 
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There are twenty-four squares, and they are all a little different.
 
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So it's nice to walk from square to square
 
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looking at the houses in the square
 
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and at the different gardens
 
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in them.
 
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We made a point to visit some of the sites from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
 
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The Mercer house was where much of the movie took place.
 
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The park bench scene in Forest Gump was filmed in Chippewa Square
 
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We made our way to
 
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Forsyth Park.
 
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They have many rules and an organization in Savannah that must approve all construction and modifications to the houses to ensure the city continues to look like Savannah.

The jurisdiction of the organization ends at the edge of the park.
 
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After all the walking
 
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it was time to
 
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find something to eat.
 
paula deen savannah
The most famous place to eat in town is The Lady & Sons, with famous chef Paula Deen.

The line was running way down the block, so we went to
 
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The Express Cafe & Bakery.
 
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Ilaria had a tasty bean soup,
 
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and I had a chicken salad with bacon in a pita bread that was really tasty.
 
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With our full bellies it was time to see more Savannah squares. In this square the world was not held by Atlas, but rather
 
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by a small collection of turtles.
 
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We had a late afternoon tea
 
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at gryphon.
 
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Savannah at night was nice but cold. We decided to head down to the water where the annual lighting of the Christmas tree was getting underway.
 
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Many of the roads by the water are made of rocks imported from Britain.

Why would they import rocks from Britain you ask?

When the British were coming to the colonies to bring goods back to England, the ships used rocks as their ballast. When they arrived in the colonies, they'd jettison their rock ballast and the weight for the ballast on the return trip would come from the goods being carried back to England.
 
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On the water there was
 
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a boat light parade,
 
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some gospel music,
 
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and some local children singing.
 
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After the Christmas facilities, we stopped in a candy shop
 
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and then we took a cab to the Savannah train station to catch our train to Virginia.