Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Celebrating Daddy in Savannah

Although our trip to Savannah wasn't purely for pleasure, we did need to have a little fun for Daddy's birthday.  We arrived late on Friday night to wake up early and begin our house hunting adventures.  Luckily, we found our new house in time to get back to our hotel and get ready for dinner.  The boys and I had hoped to get to see the beach on this trip, but it was still getting dark too early.  We did visit the most happening place on Tybee Island in early January for dinner.  Everything else appeared pretty dead, but this place had a good crowd.  I know it will be even more fun to visit later in the year when it is lighter and warmer.  On Sunday, we wanted to get on the road before too late, but we couldn't leave without a quick trip downtown.  I can't wait to explore more of this historical town.

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These boys wanted to show Daddy their love by wearing their special Daddy shirts.  They do love him!  These shirts didn't come in the big boys' sizes.  

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A fun night at The Crab Shack.  This is actually an open air style restaurant, but they had it covered with lots of heaters going so it was nice and toasty inside.  The boys loved all the decorations. 

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Inside, the boys colored and enjoyed the festive atmosphere.  Mommy enjoyed her plate of low country boil, and Evan even developed an appreciation for boiled long as Mommy peels them for him. 

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There will be lots of old historical houses like this one to explore. I was in old house, live oak heaven. 
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The beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  I just loved the way the sun shone on the front doors. 

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I love ornate Gothic architecture. 

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A beautiful little park outside the cathedral with lots of Spanish moss draped live oaks. 

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It was a little chilly, but I took a little walk through Colonial Park Cemetery. 
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Lots of war heroes and important historical figures buried here. 

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The Habersham family were an important part of Savannah history. 

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I love the tree lined streets. 

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The part of the cemetery dedicated to all the people who died in a Yellow Fever epidemic was sad.  I thought it was neat that the important Revolutionary War hero, Nathanael Greene, was buried along side a British officer. 

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The Old Savannah Cotton Exchange is an iconic structure in downtown along the riverfront. 

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The gold dome of the city town hall is a shining symbol of the city.  It was originally copper, but it was gold leafed in 1987 at a cost of $240,000.  Luckily, a wealthy patron donated the money.  I love the original old streets on the riverfront.  

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A picture with Daddy.  We felt it was too cold to drag Grayson out for a picture. 

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And a picture with Mommy.  Evan took a rare picture of Daddy and Mommy together. 

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The boys and I made the treacherous walk down these old stairs to the riverfront.  

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My little riverboat captains. 

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We want to take a ride on the Georgia Queen. 

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This finally new bridge for Hwy. 17 is almost identical to the one in Charleston. 

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Savannah does have the original River Street Sweets although you can find them in some other coastal cities.  The boys couldn't resist the sweet treats so we did buy some yummy pralines and truffles.  I am not a Salt Water Taffy fan, but it is fun to watch it being made in the summer months. There is just something "beachy" about salt water taffy. 
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Mattox and Daddy and Grayson did join us down on the river so we could eat lunch before we had to leave.  Brody was trying to pull some gold debloons from this table in the pirate themed restaurant. 

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