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  1. Captain_Oblivious

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    Very nice! Even with the cell phone camera.

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    Mmmmm...butter...

    I think I would have been tempted to respond with, "Are you sure about that? I mean, my kid could paint that." :rotfl2:

    Well, those glasses ARE pretty unique. And I've never seen a picture of a fly before. :rolleyes:

    You are such a rebel.
     
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  3. MEK

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    Thanks Jen. Savannah was a really cool town. Wait till you see the rest of the pictures - you'll see what I mean soon.

    The bridge near my house is somewhat similar to that but the suspension part is actually in the center of the bridge.

    You will LOVE it!!!!! The whole area - HHI, Savannah, and Charleston are different from any place I have ever been before.

    Yes - my picture is rare, but I promise more pics in December! :thumbsup2

    The first one was mostly modern art, but some of the stuff was cool. I just don't have the picture to prove it. I, too, love to tour old houses. They are so enchanting.

    The person who toured us never mentioned it, and I didn't even realize it until you just said something. Maybe I can google it.

    It's really a great option if you need Disney, but a break from the theme parks. And Savannah was pretty cool. Very different!

    I did enjoy the museums and actually wished that we got an earlier start, but....oh well!


    Well, I still have till June to reach that goal, but it is now officially in sight! :goodvibes

    Stay tuned for more pictures. I just finished editing them and I think the best are yet to come! ;)

    They actually offer a Paula Deen trolley tour where all the narration is about her life. They don't go to her restaurant. Rather, they go to her son's restaurant and serve lunch there. I never did quite figure out where her restaurant is, but I know you have to line up in the morning to get a seating time. Savannah was a very, very cool city. Loved it.

    It was a great trip. Glad you like the pics!

    We definitely saw some interesting sights in Savannah, so stay tuned for the rest of the savannah update. I just finished editing all my savannah pics!!!!!

    We really had a great time there. So much to see and do and not nearly enough time to do it all. Stay tuned for more.

    :rotfl2: Haha - good one! I guess we should have at least asked what it was. :laughing:

    I understand why you can't take pics, but it just kills me because I am so spoiled from taking all the pics I want in Disney.

    I didn't realize you lived that close to the Brandywine River Museum, because its actually not the far from me (but probably in the opposite direction). Are we closer neighbors than I thought?????
     
  4. MEK

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    I promise to finish replies tomorrow. I've gotten into this bad habit of staying up too late and then I can't get up when my alarm goes off. Going to bed now. Night all!
     
  5. KatMark

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    MaryEllen, your pictures of Savannah are beautiful. That is one place I've always wanted to go to.

    By the time you read this, you'll be at 3 weeks or 21 days. :goodvibes
     
  6. glennbo123

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    We're not too far....we live in West Grove.
     
  7. eandesmom

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    that bridge!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a great update, I've always wanted to go to Savannah...and now I still do!

    Gas at $3.19? I'd throw a party! I paid $3.509 today and that was a great price for around here.
     
  8. MEK

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    It really was a cool city and have some interesting Savannah pictures coming up that I hope give you a good idea of what the waterfront area is like! :thumbsup2

    Isn't that mural cool! I thought I had a better picture, but it probably disappeared in my picture fiasco! :rotfl:

    Those ladies were so cute and so fun! How great would that be to do a mother / daughters trip every year! I don't have any sisters, but I sure wish I did!

    Exactly! When I go back to HHI I will definitely spend another day in Savannah. It's just too cool of a place not to visit again!

    That's how I feel. I am such a northerner, but there is something so attractive and laid back about the south. It's like another culture and I really want to explore it more.

    Was that not the coolest umbrella???? Seriously! Kind of over the top, but so cute!

    Savannah was wonderful, but they were certainly uptight about picture taking. Same with Charleston. I think those southern cities like to preserve the allure! :rotfl: You know I hated getting busted. :laughing:

    So glad you are caught up! I'm glad you like my sunset pictures. I just absolutely loved the sunsets in the evening. They were spectacular and everything looks better with Spanish moss! ;)

    They really do. I loved the inside of the beach house. Way cute! I bet there is nothing else like that in Hilton Head! So unique!

    That's so funny you said that because P was not thrilled to be driving across that bridge. I don't think she likes driving across bridges period, and that one went straight up. I really didn't notice until I looked up to take the picture. I was too busy reading my AAA travel guide. :rotfl:

    After I saw her displeasure with bridges, I offered to be the "closer" on the way home and drive across the Bay Bridge in Maryland in the dark. Aren't I a great friend? :rotfl:

    Well, Jackie, you ARE up on your gas prices. Gas here in Delaware is about $3.27 now, but when I was picking Brian up in Maryland the other night I found a gas station with $3.19 gas. Might have to fill up there when I take him back on Sunday. ;) When I saw that gas station in Georgia that was the cheapest gas I've seen in forever. Gas around Philadelphia is like $3.60. Such a big difference.

    $3.17 :faint:

    I have some more really cool pics of Savannah, so stick around!!!!!

    I love that view of the resort. You can really only see that view if you head out to the main road. You totally miss it when you are actually in the resort comples.

    I just felt like they were obviously jacking up the prices because it was a high tourist time. There were tourists everywhere. I guess the nice weather makes October a great time to visit.

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    The whole museum thing was weird. They have employees that are rather inconspicuous, but they suddenly appear as soon as they see you go into a room and then they basically stalk you. It's weird. I didn't care for it, but I still enjoyed the photography and wish I could have snagged even one picture.


    Seriously? Right? I'm going right out to copy that stuff and sell it on the internet. :laughing:


    Yes - that's me....Rebel WITH a cause - to get it on the DIS boards.

    If you ever get a chance, do it! Those southern cities are really so unique. I loved them and, even though I wanted to take my friends to Disney World, I am so glad we went here instead.

    20 days now! :cool1: This trip is coming up way too fast! Never thought I'd say that! :laughing:

    You ARE closer than I thought. For some reason I thought you were somewhere up off the blue route! West Grove is such a pretty area and you are lucky to be so close to Lancaster. I love that area of PA.

    Yeah - P was having a mini panic attack crossing the bridge, but she did much better on the way home. :rotfl:

    If you can ever work it into one of your East coast vacations, do it! It's very cool. Someone told me to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and I am now. It's really a good book to read before Savannah. Sorry I didn't read it before I went, but I'm enjoying it now.

    That's what it is up in Philly, but I just found a gas station in Salisbury that was $3.19. I am filling up there when I take Brian back on Sunday.
     
  9. MEK

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    So - I was going to do an update this morning, but I still have to shop for everything Thanksgiving. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, that's what I always say. Denny and I are going to head out early, divide, and conquer.

    I am still hoping for an update later this evening!


    Happy
    Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Charleston Princess

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    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Mary Ellen! I hope you, Denny, and your boys have a great holiday!
     
  11. DisMomAmy

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    All caught up! I'm enjoying your HHI pictures. Sorry you were feeling rushed in the museums.

    Yay for BWV!! Here's a sneak peek at the view from our standard view 1BR a couple weeks ago. I requested an upper floor, across from the bus stop:

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    Not the best pictures - they're phone pictures - I'm not sure why I didn't grab my camera - maybe I thought I'd take pictures another night. :confused3 I think the finale snuck up on me so I didn't get any pictures of the best part. But you get the idea. :thumbsup2
     
  12. KatMark

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    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family, MaryEllen.

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  13. MEK

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    Same to you Jackie! Knowing you, you are cooking up a storm and have your house decorated perfectly.

    Amy - thank you so much for posting those pictures. That's a wonderful view. I did request to be on the top floor, but I didn't know about requesting to be across from the bus stop. I like the view of the front of the resort. It's neat and I sure would love to see fireworks from the balcony. Can't beat that!

    Thanks Kathy. Same to you and the family! I love Pooh and Piglet! Cute!
     
  14. Mndisneygirl

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    Wow on the gas prices! It was $3.09 around here for the last week. Until today, of course, when I was going to stop! Now it's $3.25.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Mary Ellen!!
     
  15. MEK

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    I debated for a bit as to whether to write about my December trip plans or whether to continue to Savannah.....and Savannah won. At least this update!

    So, we left off at the Owens- Thomas House. Our tour didn't start until 1pm. We were first herded into an outbuilding which I think was the slaves quarters and kitchen. The slaves painted the ceiling with haint blue paint. The paint was intended to ward off evil spirits and ghosts.

    Did I already mention that Savannah has the privileged distinction of being the most haunted city in the whole US. Back in the day Savannah was one crazy party town and the resulted in a lot of murders and mishap. Many of those spirits are still alive and well in Savannah.

    Here is an interesting little article about Savannah's ghosts

    http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/feature-articles/2008/october/Haunted-Savannah.html

    Our tour guide was a young lady who seemed just a tad snooty in addition to needing a What not to Wear makeover. I wasn't allowed to take a picture of her, so you will just have to take my word for it. After she spent 10 minutes going over a exhaustive list of rules of all the things we couldn't do, we departed.

    I believe the OT house was built in the English Regency architecture style, but I could be wrong.

    Here's the web site with the background story
    http://telfair.org/visit/owens-thomas-house/overview/

    One of the cool features of this house was the rounded walls in the dining room. Apparently, this was a common architectural feature for the wealthy. Another unique feature of this house was that it had indoor plumping way before its time. I remember that the light fixtures and crown molding were quite interesting and they had a wonderful collection of canton china.

    When we were done in the dining room I asked if I could get a better look at the china which was on the far wall. I was also on the end of the rope farthest away from it. When I started walking in that general direction I think she thought I was going to walk past the rope and she just about had a stroke. It was actually a little comical. Sheesh - the tour guides and museum people in Savannah take their jobs VERY seriously. She later got quite upset with a lady who accidently leaned against a wall. :sad2:

    I was actually happy when the tour ended because I became increasingly worried I might accidently bump into something or break something. So once I was outside I breathed a big sigh of relief.

    We were allowed to take pictures in the courtyard.....

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    Here is a plaque which describes Tabby, a material that was used for building in Savannah

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    Here are some pictures I took in the gift shop before the tour started.

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    And no one yelled at me for taking them.

    Here is a picture of the Bird Girl

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    This statue was actually on display at the second telfair museum, but it was heavily watched so there was no chance of a cell phone pic. Instead, I bought the post car. Apparently the family allowed the statue to be placed on loan at the museum because it was being vandalized.

    Here is some history about the Bird Girl.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_Girl

    Here are some sweet grass baskets for sale. Jackie was right when she said they are quite expensive.

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    I was starving by the time we finished the tour. Like, feeling sick, starving. I had wanted to see the Saint John the Baptist Cathedral, but told the ladies we could just skip it and catch the trolley for some lunch. They convinced me to go see the cathedral, so I decided to stay hungry for a little while longer.

    We had to walk through a cemetery to get there.

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    This cemetery is called Colonial Park. It has quite a history.

    http://www.asylumeclectica.com/asylum/sightseer/us/ga/savannah/colonial.htm

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    I have a thing about cemeteries. I think they are pretty cool, so despite the fact that I was really hungry, I was glad we made our way over to the cathedral.

    The cathedral in the background

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    Continued........



     
  16. MEK

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    Continued......

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    The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

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    I backed up as far as I could but I still couldn't get the whole cathedral in the picture.

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    The cathedral was open to the public, which I just think its fabulous because it was absolutely gorgeous.

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    Breathtaking, really

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    The parish had several volunteers inside the church. I started talking to an older gentleman who told me the whole cathedral was refurbished in 199-2000. The bishop actually says mass there on Sundays and there is not a seat to be had. I have no idea where people park, but wow. I would love to go to church there, just once.

    Look at the detail in the stations of the cross.

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    The new bishop was just installed that year

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    I am so glad the P & L convinced me to see the cathedral. There was a trolley stop right outside of the cathedral. How convenient.

    Next stop - The River front!

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    Our first order of business was to find a restaurant.

    Here we go - The Cotton Exchange Tavern

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    70's chic

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    I actually thought this place was pretty cool but my indoor pics did not come out that well

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  17. MEK

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    Continued....


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    Our trolly map had coupons for a free drink, so we each inhaled an adult beverage. Don't remember what we had, but I know I drank it fast.

    Lunch....

    Crab Bisque

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    French Onion soup

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    Shrimp salad sandwich for L

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    Crab cake sandwich for P

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    And I had the fried green tomato BLT with sweet potato fries

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    I figured since we were in the south and my chance of getting fried green tomatoes in Delaware is slim to none, I should give it a try. And it was quite good. So was the crab bisque!

    After lunch (and it was a late lunch - probably 2:30pm) we set out to explore the Riverfront. And what did we see first.....

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    Seriously????? I just fell in love with Savannah and all its quirkiness. Never in my life have I seen a flutist on the street. And he wasn't half bad. He could tell I was staring at him so he struck up a conversation. I told him I also played the flute and he told me "keep it up".

    More waterfront sights

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    Oh Yeah - Here's something you see everyday!

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    I think this gentleman was singing

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    Here are some of the buildings

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    We did stop in here for a post lunch treat. The ladies got chocolate and I got gelato

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    A directory is always nice.

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  18. MEK

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    Continued.......

    More Riverfront

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    This is MY kind of place

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    One thing I didn't mention yet. In Savannah you can get a "to go" alcoholic drink anytime, anywhere! You gotta love that!

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    This looks like a cool place to stay

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    WWII Memorial

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    Our Next stop was.....

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    This place is supposed to be the most haunted building in the most haunted city in the US. Bring on the spirits!!!!!!!

    It was decorated for Halloween

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    My beer. It was something Wicked Ale (I've got to check my notes)

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    It was good!

    I took a bunch of pictures inside hoping I would get an orb or something. But I got nothing, nada, zilch

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    Yup this is about as close to a spirit as I got.

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    And that string thing on the ceiling, which looks like a possible orb, was actually there all along. Oh well.

    Now here's the thing about the trolley, if you ever decide to ride one. The last trolley pick up is about 4:30 pm, so we had to walk back to the car. Not a bad walk and it gave us time to see a few more sights.

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    Last Stop....The City Market

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    This place was pretty cool. It was a street closed off to traffic with various shops and restaurants.

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    I stopped in a wine store where you actually had to pay to taste the wines. All I wanted was to try the plum wine because I wanted to buy a bottle for Denny. He used to make plum wine. But I couldn't get anyone's attention just to see if I could taste it. So I left.

    I think we were all tired and ready to get back to the car. We managed to get there right before sunset, which was good.

    The drive back to HHI was uneventful. It was a great day. I loved Savannah. I love how everything in Savannah is restored. I absolutely love old buildings. They have so much character.

    I loved the eclectic, carefree nature of Savannah. I bet that town is a blast on NY Eve or any other major holiday. What's not to like about a town where you can walk around with booze?

    Up Next......December Trip Plans and Day 2 at HHI and guess who goes kayaking?
     
  19. Roxychica7

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    WOW you girls hit a lot of sights!!

    I have always wanted to try Fried Green Tomatoes, especially because I LOVE the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. The soups look awesome, although being from Maryland, the crab cake doesn't look so Maryland style to me! Looks like a GREAT lunch spot though! :thumbsup2
     
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    Wow! Your pictures of Savannah are amazing! it looks beautiful! I especially love the cathedral!!!

    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
     
  21. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Another wonderful day - this time in Savannah.
    Booze in the streets - :thumbsup2 unless it is Bourbon street. That place was so narrow that you could not help bumping into "things" and such.

    I guess my closet claustrophobia was getting to me, because I felt the Mardi Gras would be nuts.


    I hear Savannah has a "rep" for St Patricks Day. :rolleyes:
     

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