Sunday, July 10, 2016


We spent 25 March exploring Savannah, Georgia. As big cities go, Savannah is fascinating. Established in 1733, the city consists of 24 parallel park squares. Public buildings and churches are on the east and west sides of the parks, the north and south were reserved for private homes. “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the City of Savannah,” wrote Sherman to Lincoln in 1864, breaking the general’s usual custom of torching Southern towns.

With its grid of parks, architecture, and Live Oaks, the city has an almost European air. “Almost” being the operative word. I doubt many European cities have mysterious lines in front of Paula Deen restaurants, that dezien of Southern fried, fat-landen food—at ten in the morning. We can only assume the woman sitting on the curb has just exited Paula’s.

I suspect that Europeans do not display their expertise in Dog Beers, although certainly not all are adverse to a morning beer. This city even has birds. We photographed this Carolina Wren as it sang in downtown Savannah.

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