Spending a day in Savannah is really just scratching the surface of this city, so consider this a tease, a hint, an invitation to put it on your bucket list of places to spend time getting to know America.
This tall bridge over the Savannah River was breathtaking in the full sun.
Spring was showing all its colors in trees and early blossoms. The streets in the historic district have “squares” of parks for several blocks, so it was a lovely walk and my senses soaked up all the beauty of it.
One place I sought out was the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. To say that being a Scout changed my life is the truth; I found friends and the outdoors, Japanese culture, independence, and so many other life lessons growing up with my troop in Gardena. It was an emotional moment to stand in front of the house of the woman who started that movement and gave girls like me a place to grow and explore the world with each other.
Savannah has beautiful architecture, and this steeple mesmerized me.
If you’ve read the book or seen the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” you have to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery. Old family plots abound and the massive trees with Spanish moss make the place seem a bit haunted even on the sunniest of days.
Savannah is a city best seen by walking around. It’s easy to park and then take a tour bus, but I found walking on my own was more interesting and gave me time to really look at the buildings, the streets and sections, the squares and their gardens. I’ll be back, Savannah, now that I know how charming you are.
Girl Scouts is such an iconic organization that it’s easy to overlook how daring an idea it was for founder Juliette Gordon Low to gather those first 18 girls in that troop in Savannah, Georgia. It was 1912, after all, and women wouldn’t earn the right to vote for another eight years.
Anna Maria Chavez