Savannah buildings and trees

Travels with the Grannies – Part 3 – How we fell in love with the Southern Cities

Savannah church
Mercer House

After exploring Savannah and Charleston, my FaceBook status read: 

“Loving the Southern cities…

More time, more time, more time please?”

Junk shop

They are very different places and unfortunately we only had one day in each. We tried to make the most of the days though. We experienced enough of each city to get a flavour of its character and a taste to go back and explore each more intimately someday. 

Street in Savannah

  Savannah has a lovely ‘lost in time’ feel – it is like no other city I have ever been to: genteel springs to mind. The old city is a mixture of streets shaded by twisty old trees draped with spanish moss and individual squares hiding monuments and fountains at their core. The buildings are restored, stately antebellum houses, each with their own character, churches with spectacular spires and run-down little side lanes hiding unique shops.  The squares provided the boy with places to run, fountains to jump in, birds to chase and benches to relax on. We wandered leisurely through the city discovering the Girl Guide founding HQ, the spot where Forest Gump waited for his bus, the Mercer House, the cemetery vandalised by Union troops in the Civil War, little B&Bs and beautiful, intriguing buildings. 


Carriage House in Charleston
Cooling off
Nice house!
Getting around
Grannies chilling

Charleston definitely felt more touristy, but still managed to charm us with its glamour and personality despite the crowds. One of Seb’s highlights was the horse tour, which took us through the most beautiful residential areas of the city. As Charleston was built between two rivers, the houses were built in an orientation to take advantage of the breeze. Occupants could open doors and windows to let the breeze blow though up the stairs and throughout the houses, which must have provided a welcome relief in the days before air conditioning. Although apparently not total relief – our guide revealed that deaths from duelling decreased dramatically in Charleston when houses were fitted with air conditioning units. Sitting in the heat on the back of a horse-drawn carriage one felt the truth in his claim. 

Pineapple fountain

The other highlight for Seb in Charleston was a big water fountain built specifically for children. He spent a happy hour totally soaked, making friends as only children can. The way children play together at his age, not needing names or any other information about their playmates is refreshing and one of the many wonderful and enviable traits of their innocence and security of their place in the world.

The Grannies were happy in Charleston. For the first time since we had left Charlottesville we had a place with two bedrooms and kitchen and no options of grits, biscuits and gravy for breakfast.




In the day that we had between visiting the two cities, we drove slowly up the coast stopping at Bonaventure Cemetery and the old town of Beaufort. Seb finally got his wish as we drove out to Folley Beach that evening and got to splash in the sea before the sun went down! 

Folley Beach

Charleston Bridge

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