Saturday, April 4, 2009

Savannah, Georgia: Downtown

Ah, the tree-lined streets of downtown Savannah. You just want to sit on a park bench, have a seat and watch the day go by.

The city fathers of Savannah have done a fine job with the waterfront district. Many of the houses look like they did 100 years ago, and the 21 town squares are nicely decorated. Be sure to ask where the "Forrest Gump" bench is located. Part of the movie was filmed here. And the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Lowe, has her birthplace commemorated as a museum.

You can take a tour of the area -- a good idea in order to take it all in -- and a stroll along the river also works. If you do take in the river, you'll see a statue of "The Waving Girl." According to local legend, one of the sailors came in to Savannah many years ago, met the girl in question, and promised to return. The young lady believed him, and went out to greet ships as they arrived in the hopes that her beloved was one of them. You can guess the unhappy ending to the story, but at least she got a statue out of it.

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