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Exploring History in Savannah, Georgia

We’ve wanted to explore Savannah, Georgia for some time now and we finally grabbed the opportunity.

Original Capital of Georgia

Savannah was the first city to be settled by the British in the Georgia colony and later became the capital. It was settled by General James Oglethorpe to protect the Carolinas from Spanish owned Florida and French owned Louisiana. It is a port city on the eastern coast of Georgia.

Map of Savannah Georgia

The architecture of Savannah reminded us of European cities we’ve visited but the moss laden trees really give it character.

European Style Cathedrals

European Style Cathedrals

Savannah City Hall

Savannah City Hall

Mossy trees

Mossy trees

Mossy trees

Mossy trees

Savannah has 22 squares, giving it a distinct European feel.

Square with statue of Oglethorpe

Square with statue of Oglethorpe

Savannah is a vibrant city especially during the tourist season when they attract millions of visitors. We visited several museums and took a city tour. You can also take ghost tours (it is supposedly the most haunted city in the south) and carriage rides.

Ghost Tours

Ghost Tours

Carriage Rides

Carriage Rides

Tybee Island

Referred to as “Savannah Beach”, Tybee Island is a short car ride away. The Tybee Island Light Station was the first lighthouse on the Southern Atlantic Coast.

Tybee Island Light Station

Tybee Island Light Station

Along the beach are swings where you can rest as you take in the scenery. I wish we had these in Panama City Beach!

Swings along the beach

Swings along the beach

Katie taking a brief walk

Katie taking a brief walk

Fort Pulaski

On the way to Tybee Island is Fort Pulaski, the largest fort in Savannah, designed to protect Savannah during the Civil War. The fort was no match for the rifled cannons of the Union army and it fell to Union soldiers. As you walk around the fort, you can see a cannon ball still lodged in the exterior walls of the fort.

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski

100 Year Old Home

We rented a 100 year old home during our stay. It had a 4 sided fireplace shaped like a diamond so that the 4 adjoining rooms had their own fireplace, all sharing the same chimney. Very cool.

4 sided fireplace

4 sided fireplace

Savannah Breweries

As we usually do, we sought out the local brew houses. We visited Moon River Brewing Company and enjoyed a nice amber ale.

Moon River Brewing Company

Moon River Brewing Company

Moon River Brewing Company

Moon River Brewing Company

Slide Show of Savannah

If you would like to see a slide show of pictures we took in Savannah, click the image below.

Slideshow

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Hop on the Chattanooga Choo Choo

When we moved to the beautiful emerald coast of Florida about a year ago, one of the first couples we met were David and Paula Thaggard.  They are kindred spirits, serial entrepreneurs that ran a very successful construction and interior design firm in Tennessee for years.   Wanting to unwind a bit, they purchased a home on the emerald coast and opened up a  froyo (frozen yogurt for the less hip) shop for their oldest son and his wife to run.

Paula, Lynn and David

Paula, Lynn and David

We became fast friends and last weekend they invited us to their beautiful home in Tennessee.  And beautiful it is.  They built this home and most of the other spectacular homes in this upscale neighborhood.  The quality of the home is impeccable, no expense was spared.   Paula is an incredible  interior designer — you would think this is a model home.  Here are some pictures that have no way of doing it justice, you would have to see it to fully appreciate it.

Beautiful home of the Thaggards

Beautiful home of the Thaggards

Heated pool with waterfall

Heated pool with waterfall

View of the pond

View of the pond

They live in Cleveland TN, about 30 minutes north of Chattanooga.  On Saturday, we explored Chattanooga, as this was our first experience here.  Chattanooga is re-surging city of about 200,000 people, sporting the fastest internet in the country — 1 gigabyte internet speed.

Chattanooga has a rich history.  Its early inhabitants were Cherokee Indians — they were forced out by the US government in 1838.  They left for Oklahoma, the exodus was called the “Trail of Tears” because of all of the fatalities along the way.

Chattanooga

Chattanooga

It was also an important city in the Civil War, and fierce battles ensued here.   After the war, it became a major railroad hub and industrial city.  That is probably why you will recognize the phrase “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.

Chattanooga

Chattanooga

Chattanooga

Chattanooga

We spent most of Saturday exploring the city.  We walked to the statue garden, walked the pedestrian bridge and enjoyed a nice dinner at a new upscale bar called the Flying Squirrel.  Here, we met one of David and Paula’s daughters — Jennifer.  It was great meeting her and her girlfriend, they were great fun to spend time with.

The Flying Squirrel bar

The Flying Squirrel bar

Beautiful Chattanooga architecture

Beautiful Chattanooga architecture

David, Paula, Steve

David, Paula, Steve

Wanna fly?

Wanna fly?

Lynn giving a high 5

Lynn giving a high 5

As we were walking through the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel, we happened on to this carriage. Notice the dog, it is a Dalmatian / Hound mix and was more than content just hanging out on the carriage.

Dalmatian Hound mix

Dalmatian Hound mix

When we were downtown, we saw this awesome car. David and I thought initially it was a Corvette, but upon closer inspection, we think it was a kit car built by someone. Very cool.

Not a Corvette -- a kit car

Not a Corvette — a kit car

I can’t end coverage of our trip without giving David and Paula a hard time about their flip phones. We are always giving them crap because when they text with these phones, they have to press the “2” key 3 times just to type a “C”. But I gotta say, they are pretty fast with it. But come on, you can afford an iPhone, get into the 21st century!  By the way, the picture quality below is indicative of a flip phone :).

David and Paula -- proud owners of flip phones

David and Paula — proud owners of flip phones

What’s Next?
We are about to embark on a 3 month trip to the West | Northwest United States.  We will start our trip spending Memorial Day with our boys in Breckenridge Colorado.  We will then head up to the Grand Titans and Yellowstone National Park for a week or so, then to Oregon, Washington and Vancouver Canada.  Stay tuned for updates!