We arrived in time to have lunch at Paninis..where we enjoyed our rustic, oval shaped pizzas. While in Beaufort, we toured the areas first by car, then by foot and finally by horse & carriage.
|Lovely swings face the Beaufort waterfront|
|Viewed from our Beaufort walking tour|
Dinner was at Saltus where we enjoyed a Wedge Salad and Caramelized Sea Scallops accompanied by a nice Pinot Grigio. This was followed by apple pie in a small crock and an interesting conversation with the couple next to us. They are from the area and had dated briefly in their early teens. And now, with grown families and being widowed in their 80's, they decided to get together again.
|Apple Pie at Saltus|
Lunch at The Ordinary Pub consisted of Corned Cobb Salad (Blackened chicken, romaine lettuce, cobbed corn, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and corn tortilla strips) and a Pub Mac 'N' Cheese with applewood smoked bacon, sun-dried tomatoes. Next we toured the Davenport House. Built in the 1820's by Isaiah Davenport who moved to Savannah in 1807, it is one of Savannah’s best examples of Federalist architecture. It was saved from destruction in 1955 by the Historic Savannah Foundation. A couple items caught our eye...see following two photos.
|It may look like a doll but it is a dress sample. Local ladies ordered |
their clothes from Europe based on models like these.
|A fly catcher. A sweet liquid in the base attracts flies through the hole in the bottom. |
The flies try to escape by flying upwards but they cannot get out.
|And in the garden we saw a cotton plant...the foliage and |
bloom were both firsts for us!
Next day we toured two more historic buildings. First was the Massie Heritage Center, formerly the Massie Common School House). Exhibits include an extensive collection of model ships, ann excellent exhibits on "Classic Architecture" (Styles used in Savannah) and Native American Culture. Upstairs is the Heritage Classroom complete with desks, teaching aids (arithmetic and alphabet) and a school bell.
The Native American exhibit included a chart showing current theories of how the Americas became populated starting with a wave of migration along AtlanticCoast (24,000-18,000 years ago), a second wave along the Pacific Coast(20,000-15,000 years ago) and the Pacific Land Bridge (14,000 years ago). Recent theories reflect the discoveries of civilizations that predate the Pacific Land Bridge.
The other was the (Richardson) Owens Thomas House was completed in 1819. Lost by Richardson to a bank three years later. It was purchased and operated as an elegant lodge, famous because Lafayette slept here in 1825. In 1830 it was purchased by the Owens family. The last member of the family bequeathed it to Savannah’s art museum, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 1951.
Lunch was at Vic’s on the River. We began with Fried Green Tomatoes followed by Wild Georgia Shrimp & Smoked Cheddar Stone Ground Grits for Pat and Pan Seared North Carolina Rainbow Trout for Bill with a bottle of Pinot Grigio.
In the evening we walked through several of the 24 parks (22 remain today). Each park is the center of one of Savannah’s squares which were designed with a combination of homes and public buildings around them, giving all pleasant green spaces.
|A downspout....reminiscent of those in San Miguel|
|Fort Pulaski has a moat that is typically filled with water!|
|Gun Powder Storage. This is what the North planned to hit.|
We had lunch at Sting Ray’s Cafe where Pat had the fried Soft Shell Crabs (undoubtedly the last for this trip) and Bill had fried Grouper. Both excellent.
On our return to Savannah we stopped at the site of the gun emplacements that were used by the North to capture Fort Pulaski. The fort is barely visible today and there are no canons.
|Fort Pulaski viewed from the area of the Gun emplacements on Tybee Island. |
The Fort is only visible if you know to look for the large Pecan tree (at about 25% of the way in
from the left side). That is a Big Pecan tree and it is inside the fort.
|At Bonaventure Cemetery.|
First we visited the serene grounds of the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de La Leche y Buen Parto (Chapel of Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery), the first Shrine to the Virgin Mary in the US. Nearby is the world’s tallest cross commemorating the first christian service in the Americas.
|Chapel of Nuestra Señora de La Leche y Buen Parto|
We then wandered through the shops in the Old Town, stopped for an ice cream and visited the Fortress, Castillo de San Marcos. It is a masonry star-shaped fort constructed of coquina in the 1600’s. Coquina is a limestone like rock formed from ancient shells. Through the years the fort passed from the Spanish to the British, back to the Spanish and finally to the United States.
|Castillo de San Marcos|
|Shrimp Boat viewed from the Castillo|
We finally headed out to the Florida Panhandle, staying a couple nights in Destin. We had a lovely rental right on the water. But as soon as we got out of the car we both started coughing. Clearly some strange allergen was in the air. All was fine if we were inside in the AC or away from the shore. Bill had read that there was a Red Tide issue in the area. Sure enough, that brings with it a virus that makes the water unsafe and causes throat irritation for a few people...and we are two of the lucky few. The good news, it did not impact the seafood restaurants and we had some excellent grouper, shrimp and Amber Jack (Amber Jack is a white flaky fish).
|The surf from our window|
|Bill playing 'The Mountain" course at "The Track"|
|Making the most of a dead tree at The Harborwalk|
|One diorama depicted pilots at the front. And that is indeed a bottle of Veuve Cliqout... |
Pilots tended to come from wealth and had their "needs"...
|Yep, that is Snoopy in his Sopwith Camel|