"City of Spanish Moss and Gothic Beauty" Savannah by Inna_S

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Several years ago I visited the Florida Gulf coast, and for the first time in my life saw spanish moss hanging from trees. I fell in love with it. It made everything look enchanted and beautiful. The way it gently swayed in the wind created an atmosphere of peace and contemplation and made me feel far removed from the everyday.
Ever since that time I have wanted to return to the South to enjoy this wonderful hanging plant. I chose to go to Savannah and the Georgia coast because it's such a unique place in the United States and there are many things to do. Savannah, as a city, is unlike any other I have seen in this country. It rains a lot in this region, so the vegetation is very green and lush. The city is very compact and walkable. There are a total of 24 squares in the city, each like a little park. Even though the part of the city that's of interest during a short tourist visit is fairly small (a little less than a square mile), it can take a long time to cover because you'll be stopping to gape at the beautifully restored houses, their gardens, and the lush trees in the city squares. There seems to be an absence of any industry or businesses besides the art and tourist/hospitality ones. This takes out the hustle and bustle that is felt in many other cities and makes the city especially pleasant for the tourist, but I would imagine it can make earning a living difficult.
Take advantage of the houses open for guided tours, it will give you a deeper understanding of the historic city. Outside of the historic city, you could go to the Bonaventure Cemetery or take the narrow highway to Tybee Island, which has a small island town culture and, of course, the ocean.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:walkability, spanish moss, completely different from all other u.s. cities
  • Cons:unpredictable weather
  • In a nutshell:beautiful
  • Last visit to Savannah: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 4, 2009
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  • Happykitten's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    The smell from the ovens inside Vinnie VanGoGo's is intoxicating. It is impossible to walk by that place and not crave a slice of pizza.

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