After St Augustine, we moved on to Savannah.
I can't begin to tell you how nice this city is. Lots of fun things to do and see. It's a terrific city for walking, and there are tour busses you can hop on and off to get you from one part of the town to another.
We stayed at a wonderful old inn call the Hamilton-Turner House; we stayed in the Earl of Chatham Suite. It was absolutely heavenly.
Here's a picture I took of the front of the house. Our room was on the top floor, the rightmost window.
Here's another view of the house, from Lafayette Square which fronts it.
Hamilton-Turner House is purported to be "the most haunted house in Savannah" which is saying a lot, because they have a lot of tales to tell about their city. Their particular ghost story involves a billiard table, and the ghosts apparently play pool late at night. And I actually heard them! That is, I heard the sound, which may emanate from shifting tiles or the air ducts, or from the ectoplasmic plane! Ooooh! Scary, eh kids?
Adjacent to the square can be found the beautiful Saint John the Baptist Cathedral.
We also drove by, but did not tour, famous Mercer House, wherein Jim Williams shot a man, as told in "The Book".
Jim's sister still lives in the house and has tours, but will not answer any questions about the murder or her brother. Apparently, it's a sore subject.
Incidently, "The Book" is everywhere in Savannah; you really must read it, or at least see the movie, before you go to Savannah because it really makes it a lot of fun. I mean, images of this thing:
...and this guy:
...are just everywhere.
(OK, another aside; my brother recently saw the movie version of "Midnight" and thought that their choice of Kevin Spacey to play Jim Williams was odd. But, look again at that picture above, and compare it with this:
I rest my case.)
Ok, we had a lot of other non-Midnight-related fun. We went on another ghost tour, this time a walking tour that was very entertaining.
The USS Cole was docked, and I got a picture:
Also, we went to the Telfair Museum of Art and viewed their Maxfield Parris exhibit, very beautiful. It's also where the famous "Bird Girl" statue is now located, because it was being damaged by fans who wanted to chip pieces off of it. Needless to say, they won't let you touch it in the museum.
We were in Savannah two days and nights, and enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. We walked our little feet off, but it was worth it.
Update: My brother writes to tell me that I misstated his misgivings about Kevin Spacey in the Williams role. He correctly reminds me that it wasn't on the basis of appearance that he protested the casting, since Hollywood can make anyone look like anyone else. He found Spacey's performance as a Southerner unconvincing. I'll leave it to the reader to judge this issue, but I've lived in the South for a number of years, married a Southern girl, and my in-laws are from Birmingham. He sounded authentic enough to me.