You understand it by the accent, tighter and marked, and from the difficulty in the conversation, by the climate much more hot and humid, especially on the coast, by the food that becomes less spicy but more creamy… hard to find in these areas, fish or meat that are not wrapped in some sauce or special dressing.
You understand it from the attitude of the people and by the rhythms of the day, less hectic and far more phlegmatic.
The signals, after a long trip from Tennessee are unmistakable … it’s Georgia, again.
This time not in its fertile plain as had happened last year in Atlanta but in its rugged coast, between the rivers, the creeks and the islets, more precisely in the charming Savannah!
Imagine an entire historical center divided into squares, completely covered with plants and decorated with oak trees, cobbled streets and old houses antebellum, some of the most beautiful and valuable of all the United States of America.
Enjoy Savannah style
Imagine a history of over two hundred years old that relives every day in the facades of the buildings, in the stories of the guides who welcome visitors to their inside like in the times gone.
Do you remember Gone with the Wind, Scarlett, Melanie and the nagging aunt Pittypat who lived in Savannah?
Well the feeling you have when you arrive in the city is exactly this… find himself in the middle of 1800.
In fact, were it not for the cars moving in the historic center, you could easily think that you have reached the period before the Civil War, among the sumptuous mansions of nobles and merchants of cotton, the miserable black slave quarters, the old Colonial Park Cemetery where rest in peace the heroes of Georgia, the carriages with horses and their clatter of hooves lilting that resonates in the streets, and the old stores of cotton, strictly in red brick, in the river port.
If I had to recommend a route to follow, in the labyrinth of historic buildings and monuments of the city, i would say that just simply can not miss..
A spectacular villa in Regency style, famous for having had running water 20 years before the White House in Washington and for the Haint Blue (literally blue ghost), the pastel color used for the ceiling of the slave quarters to drive away the evil spirits, made according to ancient African traditions with a mixture of indigo and seashells, and for the beautiful garden.
The spectacular home of Jim Williams, an art dealer of Savannah, became famous with the film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
My favorite, a Tidewater-Style Villa whose interiors, all strictly original, offer an insight into the life in Savannah in the mid ‘800.
A Federal-style building, which belonged to a merchant of a middle class, much more simple in decor, but perfectly preserved, not only the state rooms of the ground floor but also the private rooms of the family, all strictly original, complete with furniture, personal items, clothes and paintings.
One almost has the feeling that beyond the front door the time is stopped in Savannah than 200 years ago.
The Davenport House Museum
In the middle of the old town, an oasis of peace and tranquility among ancient tombs of famous people where, tell the zealous guides, the night is easy to meet ghosts or whatever (they organize special night tours, the Ghost Tours).
The promenade along the Savannah River on River Street where the old warehouses for the storage of cotton have been turned into local restaurants, shops (here you can eat the best caramelized hazelnuts of the South) and trendy pubs.
The dinner at the Old Pink House historic residence of 1770, listed as National Landmark, which offers traditional dishes of southern mixed with the charm and elegance of a structure very vintage.
In view of the fame of the chefs and the importance of the site, it is advisable to book at least one day in advance.
The prices are fairly high but the dining experience deserves a “breakout” to the budget.
Enjoy Savannah and the old, charming south!!