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     Beautiful Savannah! America's thirteenth colony was settled in 1733 under the leadership of James Oglethorpe, and now is the state of Georgia. Savannah was the first planned city based on a system of squares and remains rich with cultural tradition. To walk through the squares of the Historic District, with the Spanish moss dripping from the oaks and the brilliant shades of the blooming azaleas, is to return to a past living museum of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century architecture. The Girl Scouts was birthed by Juliette Gordon Low in a Savannah home designed by the English architect, William Jay.

Maurice's Bar-B-Q

     On our way to Savannah, we stopped at Maurice's Bar-B-Q on Interstate 95, Exit 98 in Santee, SC. Established in 1955, Maurice has a special "secret" sauce, the main ingredient is mustard. The restaurant has been featured on the Travel channel as a place to stop and eat.

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Skidaway Island's Beauty

     Our hostess lives on Skidaway Island, her winter home. The island features many, perfectly groomed golf courses, very lovely homes following the marsh lands and lagoons. Spanish moss trims Skidaway Island's live oaks. Also on the island are palm trees, as well as an abundance of dogwoods, magnolias and azaleas.

My Friend Debbie Our Hostess, Pat Burns

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Pat Burns' Lovely Home

My Friend Debbie Dick Hayes and My Husband Dave

My Friend Debbie Lagoons of Skidaway Lake

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     We visited Bonaventure cemetery, the home of the statue, The Bird Girl, featured in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Bonaventure was once a beautiful plantation, famed for hospitality and fabulous parties. One of those parties has left a lasting impression to this day. It was late autumn around 1800, when in the midst of a party, the owner, Josiah Tatnall, Jr., was told that Bonaventure was on fire.

My Friend Debbie DeeDee. Pat, Ann and Dick Hayes

     Fire would soon engulf the massive wooden structure, and nothing could stop it. Tatnall asked his guests to take their dinner things outside, while the servants moved table and chairs onto the grounds. There dinner continued far into the night, with guests recalling notable events enjoyed at Bonaventure in the past. Soon toasts were being made, some to "endless joy" for Bonaventure, with the glasses shattered, as was the old custom. By morning, Bonaventure was nothing but smoldering ashes.

     In the 1860's, Bonaventure became a cemetery, one of the most beautiful anywhere. It has been said, on cool autumn nights, the sounds of a party, with laughter and music, are often heard. Most clearly heard are the sounds of glasses shattering against the great oak trees.

Tybee Island

     On our visit to Tybee Island, we had to have lunch at the Crab Shack. Enter under a huge red crab; outdoor lighting fixtures are made out of upside down 1/2 bushel baskets, and tables are made of heavily varnished plywood. Your table overlooks the marsh-lands, truly a rustic eating establishment. The food is great!

     Tybee Island Ocean-front is like all other ocean waterfronts in season, with a variety of very nice-looking young people because the city is devoted to the visual and performing arts. The Savannah College of Art and Design has trained thousands of talented young people in painting, sculpting, architecture, and history.

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     We were pleased to find out our visit coincided with the home tour on Skidaway Island, which was a delightful way to spend a perfect spring day. Seven homes were graciously opened by their owners. Each home was decorated entirely different from the others and every home offered many ideas to use in our own home.

     We had a perfect ladies' luncheon at "the club house" and several merchants displayed their, "Tasteful Table Settings." I was very impressed by the hooked rugs by Claire Murray www.clairmurray.com.

Vic's On The River

     We dined at Vic's on the River, www.VicsOnTheRiver.com . The building was designed and built in 1858 by the famous New York architect, John Norris. Completed in 1859, this building was originally used as a warehouse and later housed Steven Shipping Company. During the War Between the States, General Sherman's lesser officers used this building's empty offices for housing and planning space. I highly recommend this restaurant for the quality of the food and the jazz singer, piano player and the spectacular view of the Savannah River.

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Tours of Savannah

     There are several tours that are available if you would like a guided tour of the 275 years of Savannah history. You can select from a 90 minute tour that would include the historic district, the squares, River Street and City Market. You could go on an all day tour, getting on and off at 14 trolley stops; a land and sea tour that combines a historic tour with a relaxing paddle boat cruise on the Savannah River Queen. The popular chef, Paula Dean, offers a tour with lunch included!

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My Friend Debbie Dave and Dee Dee

My Friend Debbie Talmadge bridge over Savannah River

Montana's Restaurant

     We did a quick road trip to Bluffton, SC., and had lunch at Montana's Restaurant for the Sunday afternoon brunch. We especially enjoyed the server, Sean. His father was in Iraq for the year.

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     We said goodbye to beautiful Savannah, hoping we would soon return again to experience all the charm of the South.

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