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23 April 2024
Steam boat on the Savannah river.

We stayed in Savannah for two nights. After we took a guided tour of Savannah in an electric tram, I went on a Segway tour of the Historic District and walked around the River Street area.

Savannah, Georgia.

River Street is alongside the broad Savannah River. The century-old buildings were once cotton warehouses & many have been converted to antique shops, boutiques, galleries, pubs, restaurants, nightspots, elegant inns & hotels. It is a great place to see Savannah from the river. I didn't take one, but you can take a cruise or watch ships from around the globe sail into one of the busiest ports in America. It was at River Street that I got my first tattoo, knowing my mum would be thrilled. I emailed her a photo of it, and she didn't fall for it & guessed straight away it was a henna tattoo, which would wash off in a few days.

The Square near our hotel in Downtown Savannah is known for the famous park bench scenes from the film Forrest Gump. In the film's opening shot, a feather floats high above the trees, then sweeps down past the Independent Presbyterian Church & makes its way toward Chippewa Square, eventually landing at the base of a park bench. Forrest Gump sits on this park bench for about 80% of the film telling his life story to anyone who will listen. The bench that Forrest sat on was a movie prop that has since been placed in the Savannah History Museum, but the location of the bench for the movie in Chippewa Square is still a popular spot for photographs. I walked & travelled through this park on my segway tour. In the film, when Forest is sitting on the bench, traffic can be seen going past him in both directions, but in reality, it is a one-way street.

In the evening, my Uncle Dave & I tried to eat at the 'Pirates House Tavern', but it was packed & we couldn't get a table. It is a block back from the Savannah River & became a rendezvous of pirates & sailors around 1753. Maybe next time I come back I will book in advance.