Savannah, Georgia – Part 1 - Historic Savannah

We interrupted our Florida stay and headed to Savannah, Georgia for my Grandson JJ’s First Communion. We were fortunate to have reservations in the Hyatt Regency hotel. It is on the Savannah River and we were able to watch the cargo ships enter and leave port.

Some of the places I wanted to show Terry in the historic district:

River Street has many small stores, pubs, and restaurants.

The historic district has many squares. One made famous by the filming of Forrest Gump.
We drove by and looked at many of the squares.

Bonaventure Cemetery: The cemetery became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and in the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the book.
It is also the place where Johnny Mercer is buried. More about Mercer later.

We just arrived and are getting ready to tour River Street. The Savannah is just outside and below our windows.

In the morning we woke to the loud (fog horn) sound of an incoming ship. I opened the blinds and there it was.

Besides all of the containers piled high on it’s deck, there were cars parked on the upper rear deck.

A short time later there was another large sound and we saw a ship leaving port.

They really pile the containers high on the deck.
Docked below us was a large private yacht called “Grace E.”

Ships passed our room almost every hour. Savannah is a very busy port.

Some of the ships seemed to just fit under the US 17 bridge.

Terry looking up river at the sights. The white building across the river is where Iris and Jeff had their wedding reception.

I looked up the Grace E on the internet. She was built in 2014, 239.5 feet long, 43.3 foot beam, powered by six 1,120 hp Caterpillar engines.
It has 7 guest cabins (5 double, 2 twin) and a crew of 20. Charges $686,000 to $735,000 per week to lease.

The review of the "Super Yacht" Grace E.

We just finshed brunch at Huey's on river street.

The Catherdal of Saint John the Baptist; where where Iris and Jeff got married.

It seems that it was just yesterday that I escorted Iris down this isle.
While touring the Cathedral, we light candles in memory for those who left us.

The stations of the cross are very special.

So are the alters, paintings, stained glass windows and pipe organ.

Next to the Cathedral is Lafayette Square.

On the way to Bonaventure Cemetery we have to travel on colorful roads like this.

At Johnny Mercer's family grave site in Bonaventure Cemetery. Note the marble bench next to Terry; Johnny Mercer requested it to be installed so those who came to visit him would have a place to sit and relax. It is inscribed with the titles of the famous songs which he wrote.

Hello from Savannah.

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