ROAD TRIP!!! Part III Brunswick and Savannah…

Savannah N2 and JPA at the Subway RestaurantNow, I have to tell you, writers see cities differently than “regular” tourists.  

When you write suspense, as I do, you look for places to stage murders or have people publicly discover bodies.  This leads you to take pictures of alleyways and dark corners that most people wouldn’t dream of photographing.  

Nancy, while she also writes suspenseful books, was on a different mission this time.  She took pictures of buildings where her characters might live, or work, or set up shop.  

In addition to the alleys and parks, however, I’m going to se up the headquarters for a secret 

Brunswick Fountain 2organization, so I photographed buildings that might suit that use.  It was fun to imagine our future characters living and working in these fabulous cities.

Exactly! Visiting Brunswick, Georgia, convinced me Stefan and Mel definitely need to live there. I loved the historic neighborhoods, the lovely waterfront park, and the old buildings in the downtown shopping areas. I also like the way they treat their public spaces, with fountains, trees, and historical markers. We parked near Machen Square (which is bisected by Newcastle Street). The half on the right has this lovely fountain and seating area. 

Brunswick was wonderful! Nancy and I visited a great bookstore there (big Brunswick courthouse square queen square 17surprise!), and enjoyed a fun lunch together and even visited the local farmers market.

We talked with people on porches – it was so lovely and warm in Brunswick and Savannah! – and got great directions from local merchants.

Weren’t those people wonderful? I so enjoyed that. I was struck by this marker honoring Captain Mark Carr, Brunswick’s first settlerIsiah Davenport House from the sq.

He came in the British army but stayed to become a part of the colony. I wonder if he would’ve been relieved to die before he had to choose between the country of his birth and the one he adopted.

That must have been hard for so many of the colonists. Its odd how seeing markers like that make them real people, isn’t it?  

Much as we loved Brunswick, our next destination called, and we were off to Savannah! It’s a lovely old city, settled in the early 1700s and a thriving city from that day to this one. The port is busy, the nightlife jumping, and the history vibrant and alive.

So true! The main thing I love about Savannah is that element of history. It’s everywhere SavGa_Apr2014_Pulaskiaround you, in buildings that date back from one to three centuries, in the monuments erected in the beautiful squares, and in the huge, old live oaks swathed in Spanish moss.

This is a photo of the memorial to General Casimir Pulaski, the Polish officer who headed George Washington’s cavalry. Because of his skill and the tactics he taught, he became known as the Father of American Cavalry.

It was so elegant and beautiful in its Square, I thought.  And a fitting monument to a brave man.

As most of you would suspect by now, we did hit Colonial Park Cemetery right away on the first day, then went there AGAIN today before we left!  You were expecting that, weren’t you?  Grins.  

It was an amazing place. The massive entrance arch was gorgeous, set in place by the Daughters of the American Revolution, was a fitting entrColonial Pk Cem entranceance to a misty, ancient-feeling place. There were so many historical markers. I had so much fun reading the markers and conning out the faded epitaphs, Nancy had to remind me of the time….

It was really cool. One of the things I find most interesting in the cemetery is the wall with tombstones stacked along it. When Sherman occupied Savannah, his army camped in the cemetery. They knocked over many of the tombstones. SavGa_Apr2014_FallenTmbstnes

Unsure where the fallen stones belonged and not wanting to put them in the wrong places, the people of Savannah set them up along the wall.

I loved that too, Nancy, although I damned Sherman all over again, the right b*st*rd.  (All genealogists hate Sherman)

But I adored the city parks and squares, the fountains and the monuments.  I loved the one of Pulaski that you already mentioned, but also the one of Sgt. William Jasper, who took one hill – quite bravely – then as he raised the colors and urged on his men, was struck by a musket ball in the thigh. He died of the wound, but not before rallying his men to a Madison Sq Sgt Jasper bronzesound victory.  

Just as there’s a Fort Pulaski in Georgia, there’s also a Ft. Jasper.  Those Georgians remember their heroes.  

Another great statue was that of William Oglethorpe, one of Georgia’s first governors. We found one of our fun restaurant adventures near here, but the BEST restaurant adventure was thanks to Bandit Buddy EC Spurlock who suggested Molly MacPhersons Scottish Restaurant. (That’s us at Molly’s up at the top of the blog)  

OMGosh, I have just two words: Shepherds Pie. Oh, and four more: Guinness Battered Onion Rings. I sent my husband a picture of those to make him jealous. Bwahahahah!! Thanks for the recommendation, EC!!

Kehoe inn frontHere’s a fab pic of one of the houses I’m considering as a headquarters for my very secret, hush-hush society for a series that will probably be out in 2016. It’s Kehoe Mansion, named for a prominent family who built an ironworks and prospered in the city for a couple of centuries. It was also used as a funeral parlor at one point….bwahahaha!

(It’s now a very highly regarded Inn.)

That was a beautiful one, Jeanne. I loved taking pictures of possible locations for my characters as well.

I was looking for places some of my Mage-book characters, Tasha and Lorelei, could locate their businesses. I found several Savannah stone soldiers and 4th and damned 042good candidates, and now it’s just a matter of deciding. Lorelei’s shop was originally on River Street in Renegade, but I’ve decided to move her to new digs, maybe on Broughton Street.

Some of the other sights were just breathtaking, like the cotton exchange at night, or the riverfront, but they didn’t photograph well. The flowers and storefronts and everything else were wonderful, even in the rain.  We wrapped up this morning and headed back home, with full memory cards, fuller memories, and the scene-sets for some FABULOUS books!  :>

So what do YOU take pictures of when you travel? As you know from the swamp, birds and flowers often fill my camera!

House near Warren Sq trumpet vine closeWould you visit Savannah, Brunswick or the swamp after reading all this journeying?

Do you have a fun traveling companion? Your spouse? Sister? Friend?

(Nancy and I had a blast together, as if you couldn’t tell!)

Do you like pubs? We ate at an English Pub (Six Pence) and at a Scottish one (Molly MacPhersons) since they came recommended.

Do you research the restaurants in a town you visit, go with Trip Advisor or Yelp recommendations, or, as with books, do you rely on friends to give you recommendations?

What’s your favorite kind of food? Italian? Pub Grub? American? French? Canadian? Turkish? Grins.Savannah stone soldiers and 4th and damned 039

What do you buy as a souvenir when you travel?  Nancy and I both got magnets, and books, of course!

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne and Nancy,
    If I ever get a chance to visit New Orleans I would probably go on a swamp tour. My traveling companions are usually my cousins. One is a flight attendant and it does make it easier because she usually has visited that place before and knows where to go. I’ve been on a couple of mini road trips with my other cousin. He usually drives so I get to relax and watch the scenery. I would love to go to a proper English pub. I love Korean and Thai food.

    • Jane, the rooster loves everything except KFC!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! I’ve been to New Orleans, but I’d love to do a proper Road Trip to it. I’ve only been for conferences and the like, and so haven’t really set up to see the City in all it’s fabulousness.

      Lucky you to have cousins who like to travel with you. And we share yet another thing in common…one of MY cousins is a flight attendant! Grins.

      BTW, don’t mention the flight-attendant-cousin to the Golden Rooster….he’s partial to flight attendants.

    • Jane, congrats on the rooster! I hope he’ll behave.

      Visiting a place with someone who already know it can be a great bonus. I made much better time zipping around London with Anna Sugden or my friend Rob than when I was doing it on my own. And we ate in places I woukdn’t have known to try but enjoyed hugely.

      When the dh is in the car, he drives. He’s a terrible passenger, as he’d be the first to say. So I rubberneck when we travel. I enjoyed pointing out the vast wetlands south of Brunswick so Jeanne could look them over.

  • Hi Nancy! Hi Jeanne! I’ve loved your reports on the road trip. Please do this again – I know it will be no difficulty for you two to set sail again. And I love all the pics. I really feel like I was there with you. What fun you had. Actually I’ve become a mad photographer so I take pictures of pretty much anything. Thanks to my digital camera. I didn’t get one until 2010 when I went to New Zealand and it’s one of those pieces of technology that makes me enormously glad I live in the 21st century. I love that I can take thousands of photos and if only one or two work out, well, no harm, no foul.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Anna, it’s QUITE the fun to travel with Nancy!! She doesn’t get the leat bit huffy (unlike some family members…) about me wanting to read EVERY marker and stop at EVERY cemetery, whether my people are buried there or not. Snork!!

      Oh, and of course, not a word of protest when I say, “Hey, let me walk down this dubious looking alley and take a picture of the back of that building…” Not that there were many dubious looking anythings in Savannah. It’s a gorgeous city. Masterfully maintained and clean! The foutains were frothing, the trees blooming…just gorgeous. We walked up on the beginnings of a wedding at one of the gorgeous fountain squares. Very cool

      • Jeanne, of course I don’t complain about reading the markers! I’m reading them, too. 🙂

        My first trip to Savannah was with the dh a few weeks before our wedding. It was also his first visit. I warned him as we set out walking that I am my father’s daughter, which means I read pretty much every historical marker in sight and every exhibit tag in a museum. I considered it a favorable omen that he was fine with this.

        • Oh, there’s nothing worse than an impatient tourist! I’m with you girls! Jeanne, do you remember our lovely day when we went through the Shenandoah Valley down to Monticello? Still smile when I think of that! We must do more tourista things!

    • Anna, we had a blast! I would readily do it again. I’m glad you enjoyed it. As much fun as it was, though, it was nice to curl up in my own bed again.

      You’ve described one of the huge boons of digital cameras. We can take as many photos as we want for reference purposes and not have to worry about printing them. Or pay for the duds, like my accidental photo of a corner of the boat and some water in the swamp.

      I have hundreds of Okefenokee pictures but have printed none of them.

  • Helen says:

    Thank you both so much for sharing your trip with us I have really enjoyed the posts and the pictures I have travelled more with hubby than anyone else although i have had a few trips with Barb and some friends from ARRA and they are a blast and we usually eat at lovely restaurants recommend by someone else 🙂 and as for souvenirs I love magnets and pens LOL oh and yes I would visit this area if I ever get to The States

    Have Fun

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh Helen, you would LOVE it! Traveling with gal-pals is fun. And if your hubby is like mine, he’s pretty tolerant of stops in bookstores and buying of magnets for souveniers. Grins.

      Glad you’ve enjoyed it!!

    • Helen, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. Traveling with women friends can be great fun. I always enjoy RWA. And my day trip to York on the train with Anna S. was a highlight of my trip in December.

      Our fridge is covered in magnets from trips, a habit I got from my parents.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I want to go to Savannah so bad. have that these cities I wanted to visit and have not yet.
    I love traveling alone I want to be able to go where I want to go when I want to go long as I want and not be on anyone else’s schedule,
    as far as places to eat I’ll either look at magazines and see if something pops out work I’m driving by and I see something but my rule is eating places that we don’t have around here.
    for souvenirs its always magnets in keyrings.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Amy, you will SO enjoy it when you get there!! It’s just a lovely, lovely city. We felt very safe, and walking the whole historic district is quite easy. There are good sidewalks and good lighting, even if you’re walking into the evening. There were so many other places I photographed – the post would be miles long if I put in all the gorgeous pictures. There were so many gardens, and delicious ironwork, balconies, and architectural details. Just fabulous.

      And hurrah for magnets! I love looking at my fridge and seeing the places I’ve been. :>

    • Amy, I know what you mean about the freedom of traveling alone. There are only so many battlefields the guys will walk with me, and the boy has zero interest in dishware in historic homes.

      Jeanne’s interests and mine on this trip overlapped in a lot of places. I felt a little guilty about taking her into the swamp for half a day, but when we saw the owl and she lit up about it, I relaxed.

      I also have a long list of places I’d like to see, many of them in the Southwest.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Loved these trip posts! We visited Savannah on one of our trips, while we lived in the US and stayed in a fabulous historic mansion, that’s now a B&B. Obviously we should have made the trip to Brunswick as well – though we did go to Beaufort. And, as you know, we LOVE Charleston!

    I must admit, we tend to wing it *g*, though we do get a guide book (A DK one if they have it) Also, these days, I tend to check a few places out on Trip Advisor, just in case. But we like to explore and happen across places. We don’t tend to eat at English (or any other UK) pubs – we like to eat local food.

    We always get a Christmas ornament from everywhere we visit and usually a book or two. If there’s a fun t-shirt, we might get one of those too.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Grins, well, since you live in the land of pubs, it would make sense NOT to eat in them on the road! Ha! Both our pub stops were local fare with pub-like atmosphere. And the food was mag-o-licious!!

      I love Charleston as well! Like Savannah, it’s a vibrant city with an easy mix of history and newness.

    • Anna, we love Charleston, too, though we haven’t been there for a good while. I’m a big fan of guidebooks, especially when visiting a place for the first time.

      We ended up at the English pub because we spotted it while walking around and the Scottish one, Molly MacPherson’s, was so good. The English one was fine but not as good. The rain stopped while we were eating, though, so we had ome daylight left for roaming and taking photos.

  • Dianna Love says:

    Jeanne and Nancy – Love the road trip review. I’m a big fan of Savannah. One of my favorite restaurants is there so we take off on occasion for a ‘dinner’ ride on our bikes. I love the tours. Last time Cassondra and I were there, they had started a golf cart “taxi” business that made it easy to get around and see more of the city up close. I love all the B&Bs with their individual stories (and really enjoy the ghost tours). Now I’m itching to go back. Great pictures and recap of your trip.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      What’s your favorite restaurant, Dianna? Now I need to know so I can go THERE next time! :>

      We wanted to take a ghost tour – there’s a fab one in an old hearse – but with all the photos we wanted to take of statues and buildings and so forth, it seemed more than we could squeeze in. There was one called Blue Orb Tours that looked intriguing as well. Grins. Next time…

      I’m itching to go back and I’ve just been there! Ha!

    • Dianna, thanks! I bet riding out through the marshes is gorgeous. And I also want to know which restaurant.

  • Shannon says:

    I am a history buff, so I like the old buildings. But I also photograph monuments, fountains, and shops like you did. Sometimes in foreign countries I photograph people to get ideas of styles. But usually I get their permission because doing that can be sensitive. I have a great photo of fisherman on the rocks in Alexandria.

    My dream trip is to the UK again. Not sure about road trips here in the U.S. Mainly those that are related to conferences. I collect spoons from wherever I go.

    Have fun on the ride home and enjoy being in your own bed.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Shannon! I love that you collect spoons! I see those collectible ones when I travel and every time I consider it, but end up with a magnet instead. Ha!

      I really, really, really want to go to the UK – specifically Scotland – as y’all have heard me rant. And hope to go this year. However, I have to say, this trip was a fabulous one in all respects. There’s so much vivid history in Savannah, and it’s walkability is just wonderful.

      We had a rainy ride home, but as you said, it was wonderful to sleep in my own bed!!

    • Shannon, you’ve been to Alexandria? How cool! The great library was one if the ancient wonders I would love to have seen. And there’s so much history in Egypt.

      Spoons serm to be a popular collectible. What started you on that?

      Yes, sleeping in my own bed again was nice.

      • Shannon says:

        My grandmother had a collection which was split among a couple of grand-daughters. My favorite of hers is of a windmill where the blades move. My most unusual/undistinguished spoon is an old teaspoon that I got in a souk in Riyadh. There isn’t really any touristy places in Saudi Arabia.

        In Alexandria, UNESCO has built a modern library to commemorate the original. It struggles for funding but has some important manuscripts in a variety of languages. There’s a fort where they think the Pharos (ancient lighthouse that was one of the seven wonders of the world) stood.

  • catslady says:

    Loved the tour. In a funny kind of way it reminds me of my city, Pittsburgh, but only a northern version of your southern one. It has all the same interesting places – lots of history and ethic areas. I think you’d love it. When my husband and I first married we traveled when we could (we waited 15 yrs. before having children) and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love all aspects of it from the people, history, food, etc. Our trips were closer to home after the children so instead of buying artwork and various more expensive souvenirs, I started collecting mugs and playing cards. We really can’t afford traveling anymore but I have lots of wonderful memories and tons of pictures.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Catslady! I love traveling too. How smart ofyou to have all that travel fun before having kids. :>

      I’d love to visit Pittsburgh for a research trip/touring trip. I’ve been there for conference and meetings, but never had a real chance to explore the city. I think it would be great fun too see the city that Steel built. :>

    • Hi, Catslady–We traveled more before we had the boy. In the years when we weren’t traveling, we so enjoyed looking at our photos and souvenirs.

      Pittsburgh sounds very cool. I’d like to see it. You never know what ideas will pop up when you see a new place.

  • I’m jealous! It looks like you guys had a great time.

    I take photos of everything…when I remember to take the photo (sigh). I get caught up with what I’m experiencing and forget all about the camera. I’d love to return to Savannah. I’ve only been there for a few hours. I prefer to go with friends recommendations when it comes to restaurants but a pleasant surprise is always memorable.

  • Kaelee says:

    Hi Nancy and Jeanne ~ I’d love to do the trip you just did. (Just read all three parts). I’m so envious of all of it.

    My husband travels with me. My parents and his mother used to travel with us quite often . My brother and/or my husband’s sister often come along with us now. Now that my sister is widowed maybe she will come along as well.

    We love nature, history and just plain visiting new places. We both love to walk around cemeteries and read the stones. Love seeing new flora and fauna, new landscapes and buildings. We love to take ferry trips, gondola lift rides and tourist train trips. We love to eat where the locals eat and often ask for recommendations from hotel staff. Any type of food is okay with us but we do love to try new things in the food line.

    Again I’m green with envy. Our family saying is “I’m Jello (jealous) and it’s green even”.

    • Thanks, Kaelee! We had a great time.

      I also enjoy traveling with family, especially now that the boy is old enough to be patient with things that on’t especially interest him but are on his dad’s list or mine. It’s great that your family members have so many common interests.

      We’ve had some superb, inexpensive meals following hotel or B&B staff recommendations.

      I love the Jello saying!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Heehee, LOVE that jello comment! :>

      Kaelee, isn’t it fun to try the local places? I too have had some wonderful reccomendations from staffers and really enjoyed meals that i might not have otherwise, had I not had the recco.

      Like you, I also love train and lifts and tourist views. Kitschy but fun.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    So glad you enjoyed Molly MacPherson’s, ladies! We just stumbled across it on one of our jaunts up from River Street and now every time we go to Savannah it’s one of our must-go places! The food is just so fantastic there. You’ll have to try Coco’s next. 🙂 I also love the statue and story of the Waving Girl, and my boys love watching the HUMONGOUS cargo ships loaded with hundreds of truck containers wending their way up and down the river. (We ran into the pilot of one of those ships on shore once, and he told us the companies that own those containers have to pay extra to have them stacked on the inside of the pile, where they are less likely to fall off into the ocean.) My kids could spend all day on the free water taxi running up and down the river and consider it a day well spent. Last time we were on it some dolphins came up the river and played tag with it.

    I love being able to do what you ladies have been doing – just exploring and seeing what you come across. Luckily my whole family is the same, and we are all into history and DH is also a genealogist, so we all stop and read markers and graves as a group!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      EC, thank you, thank you! We thorougly enjoyed Molly’s place! It was great food, great service and a full out great experience.

      I love that you and the whole fam like the water taxis and reading the markers. My boys aren’t so keen on the markers and long waits while mom explores some cemetery. Hahah! Maybe when they’re older…

    • EC, let me second Jeanne’s comments about the pub. It was fabbo! We saw one of those big container ships from our hotel window. Also saw one at a distance in Brunswick. They are seriously big!

      The idea of containers falling into the ocean is kind of surprising. You’d think they would avoid that.

      I’ve never seen dolphins in the river, but it would be great.

  • Deb says:

    Nancy and Jeanne, I have loved reading your blogs about your trip! I haven’t commented before (been busy), but have read all three parts. You two have obviously had a wonderful time!

    I am not a picture-taker. Isn’t that sad? My 13-year-old daughter is and she seems to know what to take, at what angle, and seems to be able to set up the photo. Our neighbor, a semi-pro photog, has commented that she really knows her stuff.

    I like looking at cemeteries and markers. The things one can imagine and the stories that could have been in that life cycle of a person….

    Thank you so much for the fun “trip”.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Deb, I’m so glad you enjoyed it too! :> As you can guess, we had so much fun!

      My son is like your daughter – even at 9 he can frame up a great shot.

      It was our pleasure to do these blogs and it was so nice that everyone “came along for the ride” with us! :>

    • Deb, I’m so glad you enjoyed the posts. We had a great time.

      The dh is also not much for taking pictures. I’m the one who tends to do that, with the boy more like his dad. It’s great that your daughter is so gifted.

  • Cassondra says:

    Whoa! Fantastic photos y’all!

    Now I wonder if Pulaski County, Kentucky is named after THAT Pulaski…

    I but it is.

    I am not from there, and so did not learn the history, but I bet…

    I love Savannah. I got to visit that city for the first time with Dianna Love last year. I would love to go back.

    I just can’t tell you how jelly I am. I should have sucked it up and gone on this trip. :0(

  • Thanks, Cassondra. I’d also bet Pulaski County, KY, is named after the general.

    I love Savannah, too. We should get a bunch from the Lair and our buddies and go sometime.