Friday, November 19, 2010

Savannah to Atlanta..

So after arriving later afternoon yesterday and getting some food later on in the evening i picked a Savannah sightseeing trolley tour brochure up from the hotel reception. Id booked it last night and the shuttle bus would be picking Greg and i up at 8:45am.
It was a 90 minute guided tour of all the historical sights in Savannah and i guessed as we only had 3 hours this morning before leaving for Atlanta it would be the best way to get an overview of the signs and still be a able to leave in time to get t Atlanta  early enough to miss the rush hour traffic.
Greg and i got up and showered and packed our cases so we could check out as soon as we got back from the tour.
The shuttle bus picked us up at 8:45 and took us down to the Trolley depot where the trolley would depart at 9:15. It was one of those hope on hope off type tours, there were 15 stops all around the historic district and you could get off and back on at any stop, the trolleys ran every 15 to 20 minutes.As we didn't leave till gone 9:15 and the tour was 90 minutes we decided to not get off anywhere and just see everything from the trolley.
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The tour started off on the not so god side of Savannah, i wasn't aware of it but Greg pointed out to me that usually when a city has a street names Martin Luther King Blvd its not in the best of areas! When we arrived at the hotel yesterday the area did look a little, well rundown! however walking from out hotel to the centre wasn't so bad and it was perfectly safe. The same could not be said for the route the shuttle bus took us to the Trolley depot though!!
There was also a hearse in the parking lot where the shuttles were and it appeared to be a guided tour of haunted places in Savannah, that's something i would definitely do when i go back!
Greg and the hearse!
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We went through some amazing neighbourhoods and saw some beautiful architecture on the homes and buildings.I love the way Savannah is all set out , its all really short streets with a tree filled square at the end of every few streets. Each square then has a monument or a piece of art  or a piece of history in it. All of the trees are also covered in whats called Spanish moss, its everywhere. Ive never seen it before but it covers the tree’s and survives on air and water from the air, it is however not good to touch and to keep as its full of what's called Chiggers which get under your skin and burrow themselves deep down and cause you countless problems!. Greg had a chigger bite on his arm from a few months ago and it was only just healing now!
Some of the houses in Savannah
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Streets lined by Spanish moss covered trees
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The tour was excellent and very informative although I've pretty much forgotten most if not all of what the tour guide said as we were going around!
Spanish moss trees in Savannah
We did see the first house in Savannah that had electric light and Greg turned to me and said “what no second sight” that made me smile.
There's way too many pictures of the houses to put individually on my blog page so here's a link to the album with lots more picture in. I was very impressed with Savannah, i would love to go back and spend more time there, there looks to be some amazing restaurants and places to eat and  lots to see. Would be nice to go back in the summer for a week and just chill out and relax there, eat nice fod and see great architecture.
We eventually made our way to stop 15 which was right down the block from our hotel, we got off the trolley, walked to the hotel, checked out and then started the 4 hour drive over to Atlanta.
It was 11am when we left the hotel and all been well according to the GS we should be at Greg's friends house where i was dropping him off at about 3pm,  bearing in mind we would have to stop for gas and we wanted to grab a bite to eat we would arrive around 3:30. The GPS wasn't wrong at all, it was exactly 3:30pm when i dropped Greg at his friends 15 miles north of Atlanta.
The drive over wasn't bad, i drove for a couple of hours but got really tired and sleepy so Greg took over for the last couple of hours right up until arriving at his friends house.
We passed a few things along the way that were pretty random.
Military lost their vehicle keys!!                WTF ??                                       Hello Atlanta!
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  1. Very cool! Glad you guys got out on such a gorgeous day!!

  2. The historical district looks lovely...but you'd better blog about Tampa, young man! :op

    Julie :)