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Day Four: Savannah

Posted on Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Dave!Having to travel for work is a mixed blessing. On one hand, you do get to go places and see things you might not otherwise have a chance to. On the other hand, when you do go places you are working, and may still not have a chance to see things you want to see.

Such is the case with me in Savannah, where I am tied up the entire day. The only time I have to myself is a one-and-a-half-hour lunch. I also have the evening, but most things close at night and I'm too tired to want to go see them anyway. This makes for a very busy lunch time, as I rush around trying to see as much as I can.

Today was especially challenging because Jester had told me that I absolutely must visit the Bonaventure Cemetery, which is about 15 to 20 minutes outside of town. There are tours that go there, but they take hours, so my only option was to take a taxi and then pay the driver to wait for me while I goof around for a half hour. It was very expensive.

But worth every last penny...

Boneventure Cemetery Walk

Boneventure Cemetery Walk

Boneventure Cemetery Walk

Boneventure Cemetery Walk

I was expecting to see the renowned "Bird Girl" statue (made famous in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), but it has been moved to the Telfair Museum in town...

Bird Girl statue on the book cover

I could have explored the cemetery for hours, but duty called, and I was speeding back to Savannah before I knew it.

After dinner I was dead-tired but intent on walking down historic River Street at least once during this trip...

Sunset on River Street in Savannah

Sunset on River Street in Savannah

Sunset on River Street in Savannah

What a way to end my day.


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Comments

  1. So beautiful! Glad you’re getting to see some of these great sights.

  2. Wow, I miss the south! There is so much beauty there. Of course there are bugs the size of bats too, so I guess it’s a trade-off.

  3. Ren says:

    Those evening shots are great!

  4. Iron Fist says:

    You do get around, friend. And admittedly I never would have thought to go tour a cemetery but that looks like it was a winning tip from Jester.

  5. Robin says:

    Wow – Savannah at night is gorgeous. I love the cobblestone (?) streets. Then again, I love cobblestone streets in general.

  6. jester says:

    Sorry it cost you so much, but I’m thrilled you got to go.

    The Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life.

    It beats the inside of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. It beats the Grand Canyon.

    It’s hard to explain, because while it’s a cemetery, it’s also right where the Savannah River meets the Atlantic Ocean… and it’s full of the most ornate monuments and beautiful gardens and an unexplainable serenity and peace that is as close to a belief in God that I could ever get.

  7. claire says:

    That cemetery looks beautiful. Spanish moss always gives trees a cool thick Southern style jungle-look.

  8. Amazing photos as always. That cemetery looks amazing.

  9. whall says:

    When I think of “pretty cemetaries” for some reason I immediately think of Interview With a Vampire when Tom Cruise first becomes a vampire.

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