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Updated 2016 Edition!!

We’ve converted our three-month blog about Savannah into an exclusive e-book. For 91 Days in Savannah contains all of our articles and 195 of our best pictures, in full-color. With categorical and alphabetical indexes, locations, links to the original blog posts, and cross-references spread throughout, the e-book is a perfect companion for a trip to Savannah… and you don’t need an internet connection to use it!

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For just a few bucks, you can download your own copy of the book for use on your e-reader or computer, giving you access to our anecdotes and articles wherever you are, without having to connect to the internet. And, buying the e-book is a great way to support our project… take a look at some sample pages from the PDF.

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May 10, 2016 at 8:35 am Comments (34)

Savannah: Five Years Later

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Five years had passed, and we thought it would be a good time to return to Savannah. We wouldn’t be staying for 91 days, this time, but just a couple weeks. We figured that should be long enough to visit our favorite spots, eat at some new restaurants and check out a few things we had missed the first time around.

A lot can change in five years. The last time we were in Savannah, we were just starting out on our travels. Savannah was only our second destination, and we were still figuring out how this whole “For 91 Days” project was going to work. Five years ago, we were different people; a little younger and a lot less experienced. Oh and back then, our dog was still alive and traveling with us!

But for a city like Savannah, five years is nothing. The first thing we did upon returning was to tour the city’s squares, and I was impressed by how little they had changed. It was almost as though we had never left. There were the same haunting mansions, the same mustached SCADsters, the same Live Oaks draped in Spanish Moss, and the same atmosphere of welcoming southern gentility. Even the same big old blues singer was in his spot at Wright Square, belting out the same interminable melodies.

In 91 days, we had been able to experience a lot of what Savannah has to offer, but there was still a lot left to do. There were things we missed, because they had been closed for renovation (Massie Heritage Center), closed for the season (Mrs. Wilkes), or because we had simply run out of time (Sorrel-Weed House). There are new restaurants, and other experiences which hadn’t existed five years ago, or which we didn’t know about.

And besides all the new things, we hoped to return to all our favorite spots. The Sentient Bean, the Olde Pink House, Bonaventure Cemetery and Tybee… Is it possible to repeat 91 experiences in ten days? I doubt it, but I’m dying to try.

The three months we spent in Savannah were among the most memorable in all our travels, and we’re happy to have returned, even if just for a short visit. So let’s catch up, Savannah! Honestly, honey, y’all look the same. The years have been kind. But tell your old friends all about it. What’s new?

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March 9, 2016 at 8:22 pm Comments (0)

After One Month in Savannah…

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Our first month in Savannah had come to an end, faster than expected, and it was fun, weird and exciting as we hoped it would be. As we did after our first month in Oviedo, we completed a small self-survey of our experience, to share our initial impressions of the city.

Most Memorable

Mike: Kayaking on Tybee Island, and especially climbing up onto the Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Jürgen: Getting out of the car on the day we arrived and seeing the Spanish moss for first time.
Favorite Food

Our meal at the Pink House was so far the culinary highlight; I was in love with the flounder.

Jürgen: Wiley’s pulled pork and macaroni and cheese. Finger licking delicious.
Most Surprising

The artsy, hipster, liberal population of Savannah; perhaps I hadn’t done my homework properly, but the influence of SCAD totally took me off guard.

Jürgen: How well the weather has kept up. It seems like it’s always sunny!
Most Disappointing

I appreciate the party atmosphere in Savannah, and totally approve of To-Go Cups, but the bar scene on River Street wasn’t as fun as I’d hoped, with obnoxious tourists getting very drunk, very early in the evening.

Jürgen: Perhaps not a disappointment, but an unpleasant surprise was the Savannah Stink, provided by the paper factory.
Funniest / Weirdest

I went into the “Health Clinic” near our house to ask for a doctor’s appointment, and the woman at the desk looked me up and down. And then in a sardonic tone, she said, “We do abortions here, honey.”

Jürgen: We took a ride with a taxi driver, who was also a frustrated poet, and he wouldn’t let us leave us car until we had read and commented on his poetry. Only in Savannah!
How Expensive? From 1 (cheap) to 10 (expensive)

7; Savannah is a tourist town, and it shows in the prices of the museums and the more touristy restaurants. But overall, it’s not any more expensive than other spots in the US, and the squares are free!

Jürgen: 7; if you know where the locals eat, good food doesn’t have to be expensive.
People from Savannah are…

an eccentric lot, but very open to strangers. And talkative!

Jürgen: People here are very friendly and really want to talk to strangers. Being from Germany, where people are a bit colder, I don’t necessarily respond well when people standing next to me at the urinals start chatting me up.
Savannah in Three Words

Unconventional, Mossy, Haunting

Jürgen: Charming, Clean, Photogenic

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December 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm Comments (10)

The 24 Squares of Savannah

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At the time of its founding in 1733, Savannah was the first North American city planned around public squares. General Oglethorpe’s grand design for his new capital called for four squares to serve as gardens and meeting areas. The western and eastern sides of each square were reserved for public buildings, such as churches and government offices, while the northern and southern ends were for private residences, called tything blocks.

Savannah was the original capital of Georgia, the last of the original thirteen colonies, and its logical design won it fame around the world. The plan was far-sighted, allowing for over a century of growth, always replicating the square system further outward. By the mid 19th century, there were a total of twenty-four.

From the largest (Johnson) to the smallest (Crawford), each of Savannah’s twenty-four squares has its own history and personality. We made a promise to fully explore each of them during our three months here, and learn their stories and secrets. It was a promise we kept.

1. Franklin
2. Ellis
3. Johnson
4. Reynolds
5. Warren
6. Washington
7. Liberty (lost)
8. Telfair
9. Wright
10. Oglethorpe
11. Columbia
12. Greene
13. Elbert (lost)
14. Orleans
15. Chippewa
16. Crawford
17. Pulaski
18. Madison
19. Lafayette
20. Troup
21. Chatham
22. Monterey
23. Calhoun
24. Whitefield

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November 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm Comments (11)

The Road to Savannah

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At 3pm on a brisk November afternoon, Jürgen and I parked a smashed-up car in front of our new Savannah home, and pulled our exhausted bodies up the front steps. We had arrived after a whirlwind trip that had brought us from Oviedo, Spain, to Madrid, Chicago, Denver, Ohio, Kentucky and finally southeastern Georgia.

Savannah Tree

And our dog, Chucky, had come with us. The flight from Madrid to Chicago had been long, and she had surely spent every minute howling in the dark solitude of the cargo bay. When her crate arrived into Chicago customs, I picked her up for hugs and kisses, realizing too late that she was covered in puke. There’s no evidence for it, but I’ve convinced myself that she must have vomited at the very end of the flight, and that she didn’t spend ten terrifying, turbulent hours rolling around in her own mess.

My parents let us borrow their car for the trip from Kentucky to Savannah. I repaid that small kindness by backing into the fire hydrant across the street from their house, ripping the bumper off and putting a hideous gash into the side of the car. A great way to start off our new 91-day adventure. Otherwise, the drive went smoothly, and we were soon installed in our new home, anxious to get out and explore the city. It had been ten years since I lived in the USA, and neither Jürgen nor I had never spent much time in the South — this was surely going to be a fascinating three months.

List of hotels in Savannah

Savannah Sign
Savannah Swamp
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November 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm Comments (11)
For 91 Days in Savannah - The E-Book Updated 2016 Edition!! We've converted our three-month blog about Savannah into an exclusive e-book. For 91 Days in Savannah contains all of our articles and 195 of our best pictures, in full-color. With categorical and alphabetical indexes, locations, links to the original blog posts, and cross-references spread throughout, the e-book is a perfect companion for a trip to Savannah... and you don't need an internet connection to use it!
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