Welcome to my first Travel by the Book post. I mentioned on a Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged post one time that many, many of my vacations with Hubs have been inspired by a book. Hubs is kind enough to humor me and take me to said places. So I got the idea to share those books and vacations with y'all. This will be a monthly feature and I hope y'all enjoy it!
Way back in 1998 (maybe) I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it. It's non-fiction that reads like fiction. I mean, ghosts of bulldogs, voodoo, drag queens, and murder in Savannah? It's good stuff. Not to mention the description of the layout of the city - the squares - and the lovely old oaks dripping in Spanish moss. I loved reading about the more recent history of such an historic city. And the characters that inhabit such a place were quite...colorful. I just knew it was a place that I'd like to visit.
In 2008, we finally made the trip. We went in June trying to avoid the higher temperatures of late summer. But Savannah is a city where the heat stays rather mild. The humidity on the other hand...well, coming from Colorado, it was thick.
We very much enjoyed walking about the town squares...the trees are beautiful draped in Spanish moss.
Savannah is designed in a grid-design...open squares around which residential and civic blocks reside. Each of the squares is named after someone and in the center of the square, there is typically some type of memorial to that person...statue, fountain, etc. This is the fountain at the center of Columbia Square.
The city is filled with gorgeous Victorian and Georgian architecture. It was fun to check out all the homes and speculate as to who lived there. Below is the Mercer House, built by Johnny Mercer's great-grandfather in 1860, and is the house in which the murder at the center of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil took place. Jim Williams, who was accused in the shooting death of his assistant Danny Hansford, is the only person to have been tried 4 times for the same crime in the state of Georgia.
There are tons of ghost tours offered in Savannah but we didn't go on any. I did get Hubs to take me sightseeing/treasure hunting in the local cemetery, however. (that's true love, folks!) Important events occur in the cemetery in the book - events involving voodoo. But I was looking for The Bird Girl, which is the statue on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. We never did find it. We later found out that was because it'd been removed from the cemetery and put in a museum. *ha* The cemetery was beautiful though.
And totally on a whim, we stopped in at The Lady & Sons - Paula Deen's restaurant. While perusing the shop there was a ruckus...here's the reason for that ruckus...
Uh-huh. I got to meet, touch, and converse with Bobby Deen. Yeah, Hubs asked if I wanted him in the picture too. I said "Uh, nope!"
Okay, so there you have it. The highlights of my trip to Savannah, Georgia, inspired by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.