TRAVEL: BITS AND BOBS FROM SAVANNAH

By |2021-06-02T13:09:07-04:00May 20, 2018|Travel|

One of the joys of travelling, for me, is the visual feast. It doesn’t really matter where…every new place has new sights, smells, textures and visuals. And, having spent my life studying design visuals, I love seeing anything new!

A part of all this exploration is, of course, shopping. Y’all know just how much I love shopping, don’t you? It’s the browsing and newness of it that never fails to thrill me. Thrill? Excite? Well, maybe those words are exaggerations, but you get the idea.

 

Savannah

THIS TABLE is the reason we returned to Savannah, having just been there five weeks ago. We bought it from Alex Raskin Antiques: click on the name and you will see my entire post all about his shop. It is….well…just something else! Packed, and I mean jam packed, with antiques. But we had seen this lovely birds-eye-maple table when last walking by. Made about 1830, it almost matches our other bedside table: we just couldn’t believe the similarity. And this one was a VERY good price which came down even more once we made our choice known.  So now it sits by my bedside, awaiting new glass knobs.

 

And now on to the bits and bobs I found in Savannah!
One of my favorite shops […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

By |2021-06-02T13:09:52-04:00March 29, 2018|Friday Flowers, Travel|

What’s not to love about Savannah?

We have been there several…many?…times and each visit is unique and lovely.
Last week was cooler than usual with one very windy day following strong thunderstorms.

The gardens in Savannah are always a joy; in March it is the azaleas that steal the show!

The mornings were glorious. We stayed near Forsyth Park and our first morning I really think the azaleas were at their peak. They were just gorgeous. The next day it rained, hard, so thank goodness I took these pictures when I did.

Spanish Moss is so unique and adds such character to each and every tree…

 

 

 

The Palmetto (not Palm!) trees are always a joy to see, especially against the true blue sky.

 

Next up: Amaryllis
Several houses had them planted in front usually around a tree and/or with black iron fencing.

 

 

CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF SAVANNAH

By |2014-06-06T08:29:18-04:00June 3, 2014|Travel|

Raise your hand if you have ever stayed right on the waterfront in Savannah.

Not too many hands are up.
And why is that?
I can tell you, from first hand experience!

We thought it would be wonderful to have a front row seat of this busy harbor and river (Savannah is the 4th busiest “container handling facility” in the U.S.) and yet be comfortable in a lovely room with balcony.
Wrong!
First, do not arrive in the middle of Memorial Day Weekend. River Street is so congested, the music so loud, the parking so impossible and the general atmosphere is over-the-top carnival.

If you want to know where NOT to stay, email me.
We did pass by a brand new hotel just west of ours:

The Cotton Sail Hotel


I went inside and looked around and spoke briefly to the front desk. It just opened on May2. Looks very nice and is definitely out of the carnival center.

On the plus side, this is some of the traffic that passed by our room. We had a corner room, facing north and east, so had great views of the ships.

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IMG_5179_wm The large and the small….

 

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SAVANNAH PART II

By |2021-06-02T12:50:11-04:00March 16, 2014|Travel|

Savannah has always held a mysterious, romantic interest for me. In fact, the entire South has always fascinated me. My husband and I are both born and bred Mid-Atlantic and New England people with a decades long interest in the American South. Did you know that about us? No, we didn’t travel here (I say “here” because now I live in central North Carolina) much; life, and budgets, and schedules sort of interfered. When we lived in New York City we would feel the inescapable urge to go to a tropical island in the winter and then perhaps a local beach in the summer. When we had a child…well, you know how that is. Finally, as we neared the end of our working careers, we had the opportunity to move South.

It has been all, and more, than we hoped for. We are within driving distance to all we have wanted to see for so many years, both beach and sea-bound and mountain and vista-bound. Yes, it’s hot and humid in the summer and then of course, there are the chiggers and mosquitoes and no-see-ums. I can put up with all that; in fact, I relish the hot, humid barefoot months that seem to stretch on endlessly. And I love the early spring with daffodils appearing in February and […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: IN SAVANNAH

By |2014-03-07T17:47:01-05:00March 6, 2014|Color, Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|

Are you ready to visit Savannah?

I love this city for many reasons, not the least of which is the variety of flowers and trees all set within the beautiful squares. At this time of year the Camellia japonicas are out in full bloom and the colors are outstanding. Everywhere you look there is another gorgeous, eye-catching Camellia! So I had fun photographing…and then playing with some of them in Waterlogue (if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some of these already.)

Here we go:

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IMG_4447_wmb This was taken in the lovely garden at the Andrew Low House

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IMG_4396_wm Same as above, but using Waterlogue. Don’t you love the effect?

And a gorgeous white Camellia:
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A Star Magnolia in Forsyth Park:
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