Savannah & Charleston

 

 

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Savannah & Charleston
October 31 - November 6, 2016

We had a small group of wonderful people on this trip who became friends quickly and made for a fun and informative tour.  Being that I am posting almost a week after returning home from a 7-day trip and posting them from memory, I hope I get all of them in the correct order.

On Day 1, we traveled as far as Nashville, Tennessee and attended a small dinner theatre.  Being it was a Monday (which is usually dark), coupled with the fact that it was Halloween evening.  The show was good and we were introduced to a new upcoming Country Western entertainer.

Our greeter.

 

One of our passengers was brought up on stage.

A nice farewell from some of the entertainers as they stepped onto the bus before our departure.

Since the theatre was just across the street from Opryland Hotel and we had several passengers on the bus who had never been to Opryland, we made a quick stop so they could browse around this magnificent facility.  If you look at the piece of trim at the top of the pillar, that is how high the water had flooded into the lobby during the flood 5 years ago.

 

One Day 2, we arrived into Savannah, Georgia.  Since it was only 3 weeks after Savannah suffered the hurricane, it was rather interesting to see how quickly a city who is accustomed to hurricanes clean up the area.  I have a huge amount of respect for any driver driving a motor coach in the heart of the Historical District of Savannah.  George did a wonderful job!  We arrived at our hotel on Bay Street to freshen up a bit before dinner at The Pirate's House.

For those of you who read the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", below is a sad bit of news.  Lady Chablis passed during the hurricane, so they had to delay her memorial service.  The service was being held in a theatre one block from our hotel 2 days after we departed Savannah.  We would have loved to attended.  I'm sure it would have been very interesting.

 

View from the breakfast room.  If you look at the picture, you will see a lonely sailboat stuck in the grasses, just about centered in the picture.  We assumed it was washed there during the hurricane.

Three of the squares in the Historical District.  Our motor coach driver was the champion of drivers in this area.

Dinner this evening at the Pirate's House.

 

Day 3 we visited the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, walking past one of the cemeteries in Savannah.

Toured the Owens Thomas House.

 

 

We had time for shopping and lunch along River Street before the Savannah Lowcountry and Tybee Island.

 

We boarded a boat for a Bull River Eco-Adventure Cruise.

Two of Paula Deen's homes.

Dinner at Papa's BBQ.  The first picture below is George, our driver, and Vicky, our Savannah Tour Guide.

It was Vicky's birthday, so she got a treat of banana puddin'.

 

On Day 4, we departed Savannah and headed out to Charleston, South Carolina to meet our tour guide, Stephen, with our first stop being the Charleston Tea Plantation for a tram tour of the tea gardens and a factory tour.  Did you know that all teas, such as Green Tea, Oolong, etc., are all made from the same tea leaves?  It's the process that makes the tea variety.

Lunch was at Jason's Deli.  Great variety to choose from.  I wish we had one here.

Then we toured the Charleston Historic District., including the Manigault Home.

I believe this was the house which Stephen had told us had just undergone renovations.  The purchase price was around $2.3 millon and the renovations totaled around $10 million.

We then drove around The Citadel Campus and visited one of the many chapels.

Dinner this evening was at the Charleston Crab House after having to wait for a ship passing under a draw bridge.

Shrimp and grits.

On Day 5 we toured the Magnolia Plantation House and Gardens.

These peacocks were not the least bit afraid of us.

We boarded a tram for an Audubon Swamp tour.

Yes, those are 2 alligators.  They have built ramps in the water, giving the alligators some rest and sunning.

Old housing for slaves.

 

The view from our hotel room.

We then went to the City market for lunch and some shopping.  Some of us chose to take a carriage ride.

A little fixer-upper.

Returned to the hotel to freshen up before a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina.

 

 

 

 

On Day 6, we arrived in Pigeon Forge, checked into our hotel for a bit of a rest, then went to Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant after traveling a scenic road.

 

After dinner we attended a superb show at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theatre.  Pigeon Forge was all decked out for Christmas.  They know how to do it right!  One of the entertainers from the show stepped onto the bus to greet us upon arrival.

 

Live Nativity scene.  A very spiritual sight with lighted candles.  All proceeds went to charity.