May 8, 2008

Oglethorpe Trolley Tour of Savannah Pt. 1

After filling up at Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons Restaurant, we headed out on a trolley run by Oglethorpe Tours.

Savannah City Hall was built in 1906. Its dome was originally copper clad, but was painted a controversial green color in the 1960's due to environmental wear and tear.

In 1987, a major renovation of the dome was completed when the dome was gold leafed at a cost of $235,000.

A restaurant in Savannah reminds us of Starkist Tuna's spokesman, Charlie the Tuna. He would never be caught by the Starkist Company because they didn't want tuna with good taste (Charlie was hip and cultured), but tuna that tasted good. Apparently, Charlie didn't taste good!

As America's first pre-planned city, Savannah contains over 20 "squares". Squares are carpeted in lush, green grass and often feature fountains, monuments and flower beds.

This square, Franklin Square, was established in 1790. Featuring this monument to General Nathaniel Greene, Franklin Square was nearly lost and redeveloped in the 1970's. But was saved and restored to its original state in the 1980's.

The steeple of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Chippewa Square will look familiar to those who remember the opening scene of "Forrest Gump". Think...feather...

Forrest's bench sat right here in Chippewa Square.

One example of the residential buildings of Savannah.

This restaurant was the setting for a scene in Julia Roberts' "Something to Talk About".

One of Savannah's brick-lined streets.

Another random residence.

The Mercer-Williams House, now a museum, was the setting for the book and movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", as well as being the former home of singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer.

For more pictures, go to pictures 37-67.

For our video highlighting Savannah, click below.
Coming up...Part 2.

To be continued...

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