Continuing our way to the south of the country, we made our next stop at Savannah. I was really excited about visiting this city!
I am sure that everyone that visits this southern metropolis has the feeling of having been there before. That is because Savannah has served as location for many movies, such as “The Generals Daughter”, “Forces of Nature”, “Something to talk about”, and the great and greatest “Forrest Gump” within others. So, even if it’s your first visit walking the streets of Savannah it may bring you a lot of memories!
Another exceptional feature of this city is its urban plan. Don’t worry, I am not going to let my inner-architect-nerd come out for a walk, but I am sure you will value this as much as I did, moreover if you go during the summer.
The plan for this city that began in 1733 is completely unique in the history of urban planning in several aspects. But the one that stands out the most is the grid formed by the repeated pattern of connected neighborhoods, multiple squares & streets making Savannah one of the cities with more open space than any other in history.
If still wondering what does this have to do with you, let me translate. Every square is packed with Southern Live Oaks, an evergreen full of leaves, that will make your visit more bearable thanks to their enormous shadows! One of the things I enjoyed the most about this stay was walking under the trees feeling the thick summer air in my skin, hearing the deafening noise of the cicadas in the oaks. I almost felt carried away to one of those marvelous southernly charmed movies!
Coffee Shops & Bakeries
At this coffee, you can find a great mixture of students, faculty, visitors, and locals all around and about different kinds of coaches, sofas, and tables. This eclectic coffee shop has a great selection of teas and coffee, and they are open to variations, so you can introduce slight changes to your beverage. Just across the Chippewa Square is perfect for sitting down and watch the city rhythm.
Address: 234 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
Chocolat By Adam Turoni
Entering to this cute little shop is like walking to “Chocolat” the book by Joanne Harris you expect to see Vivian and Anouk with little Pantoufle behind every shelf. Even if you are not familiar with the novel, one of the first things that invite you to enter is the storefront. It’s a delicate recreation of a dream with an Eiffel Tower, a Pisa Tower and balloons.
Once inside comes the tricky part, trying to choose which one of those delightful and elegant chocolates are you going to take with you. Or you can just take them all!
If you go with kids, I guess they will be really interested in the back part of the store, where you can see how the chocolates are made!
Address: 323 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
The Collins Quarter
This vivid restaurant at the heart of Savannah is the perfect place to go if you are in the City. It has an extensive menu with plenty of options for all palates. I personally felt in love with the bowls, as tasteful as colorful! They open early in the morning so you can have your espresso there if you are looking for European coffee. And they are open until late in the evening just in case you want to finish your day with an Australian accent diner. Just perfect!
Address: 151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
If you could sketch the ideal beach place at Tybee Island where to have dinner while watching the waves and the moon, I am quite sure you would be picturing this place. Is the perfect shore restaurant without pretensions. Constructed with wood in white and blue tones, and with a fantastic deck facing the beach. What else could we need? Well, an excellent menu. Which they have! Their menu is full of tasty beach dishes, and they also have vegan options, which I liked so much that I still try to recreate at home.
Address: 404 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Walking around the city, you are going to find a significant amount of them. I love visiting Antique Shops is like going treasure hunting, you always find something special hiding somewhere.
Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn
This is, without a doubt, one of the most peculiar places I have ever stayed at. But certainly is a place to stay. It’s an institution in Savannah, one of the most well known Bed & Breakfast in the city. And what makes it so peculiar? Well, on the one hand, the labyrinthine way of displaying the bedrooms and salons. Even for me, as an architect, it was hard to remember how the heck I had to go back to my room. Either from the breakfast salon or from the deck.
On the other hand, cats. As a cat lover, it was a delightful surprise to see that they own a couple of felines that walk around the exterior spaces. The interior design is also quite interesting, but I will leave that for you to discover whenever you visit this charming B&B.
Address: 121 W Gordon St, Savannah, GA 31401
The Telfair Museums is the oldest public museum in the South. Founded in 1883 by the local philanthropist Mary Telfair today consists of 3 buildings; the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts. The three of them are entirely different with contrasting exhibitions, and they all worth visiting. Moreover, two pluses encourage this visit. The first one is that you can buy a three in one ticket that will allow you to visit all the buildings. The second is that it will offer you a great air conditioning oasis if you visit Savannah during the summer as I did!
Address: 207 W York St, Savannah, GA 31401
If you are looking for the perfect golden hour with the ideal setting, don’t miss Tybee Island. It’s located only a few minutes from Savannah, where you get through bridges over lagoons full of rushes. Once at the Island, the perfect plan is to take off your shoes, and walk the beach shore watching the waves and the white wooden houses that appear sporadically over the dunes. It is for sure one of the most magical places I have ever visited!
Remember the opening of the film when the feather floats in front of a temple and then crosses a street and finally lands at Forrest Gump feet? Well, that is the north side of Chippewa Square, the monument to Georgia’s founder, which is visible just behind him. It’s funny to see how the traffic flow of the square had to be reversed to make the setting work. You will have to visit it to discover the trick!
The diner where Jenni works is Debi´s Restaurant situated on the northwest of Wright Square. Today the restaurant has its front windows full of commemorative items form the movie. Sitting at the bar for a drink is a must if you’re a fan of this mythic film.
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