Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Savannah, Georgia


It sounds odd to say we needed a vacation, but we really did.  We needed time away from home as a family to reconnect.  We needed to step away from schooling stresses, home projects, work, and most importantly, the weather.  

Our week away began with a short trip to Savannah, a city I have always wanted to explore.  We felt the best way to see the most in a short amount of time was to purchase tickets to Old Town Trolley’s tour.  This tour took us to historic homes, gardens, parks, the river front and gave us the freedom to jump off wherever we wanted to explore and reboard at any designated trolley stop.  We ate at a farmer’s market, discovered a natural health store, walked through an art show on the river front, ate our way through the world’s greatest candy store and simply marveled at the beauty of this historic city.  






I seriously wanted to take Spanish Moss home with me.  






Although this was a busy start to what ended up being a busy week, it felt slow.  As is always the case on our first few days of vacation we have to consciously stop and breathe.  Greg is still on New York speed which means he walks down a sidewalk at a pace that the three of us just can’t keep up with.  Then he realizes he is not rushing to the office, not dealing with thousands of people and not in danger of getting run over by a pedicab or taxi.  Then we are able to notice the details. 







The beautiful details that normally go overlooked in our day to day lives.





The details that make us stop and stare and dream and wonder.





The details that make me forget the gray Connecticut days, when the sky and snow seem to blend into one and green is a color almost forgotten.  





11 comments:

  1. Wow, you were down in my neck of the woods. Savannah and Tybee Island are wonderful places to visit. Tybee Island is actually our favorite beach area to visit when on vacation. Savannah has a great art school as well down there SCAD. Did you guys drive or fly? We live about 5 1/2 hours away in the North Georgia Mountain area at the top of the state.
    Blessings
    Diane

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    1. We were amazed at how much SCAD has done to renovate the city. We drove. Left Thursday at 4:30pm, arrived in VA about 11:00pm, left VA at 7:30am and arrived in Savannah around 6pm. This was with a stop for lunch and bathroom/gas breaks. Overall not a bad ride at all. Thankfully we drove through NYC at rush hour and did not hit one spot of traffic, not even a slow down. My next post (Thursday) is about Tybee. We stopped there when we left Savannah on our way to Florida. We probably drive closer to you when we go to Greg's parents in TN, right?

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    2. Yes, you are probably right about the TN drive because we are very close to the Carolina/Georgia border. So glad you have a good relaxing and refreshing visit to our home state. I would assume with you were talking about the candy store it was River Street. We haven't been down to Savannah in a few years but it is always beautiful. Grace is looking at SCAD for college a little but the Atlanta campus instead of Savannah because it is closer to home.
      Blessings
      Diane

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  2. Beautiful pictures! You really have an eye for composition! Have you ever done a class for photography like you do for the notebooks? I'm sure the kids would love it.

    I am not much of a city person at all, but I have thought that Savannah might be a city I could enjoy. Your pictures sure make it seem like it!

    Sarah

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    1. Oh my, I would not even know where to start with photography. I have never taken a class. I just like to look at photographs and then try my hand at it. Much of the composition comes in the cropping. These photos have had no edits. There seemed to be no need, the colors and light were just right!

      Savannah is a city. The historic section is gorgeous but just outside, it is like any other city. The weather certainly is a lot nicer though! One of our all time favorite road trips was wandering through the farmlands of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We prefer the country too!

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  3. One of my favorite places. Our trip to NC/GA was when we realized we want to move to that area. I loved tybee island. SCAD around the city helped chloe realize the direction she wants to take in life. Our trip was life changing. I want to go to Charleston next and scout out some areas we may possibly live in NC.

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    1. Someone Greg knows went to SCAD and it was provided through is company (for interior design). That helped defray the cost I'm sure......we were shocked at how expensive it is. That said, I think they are mostly responsible for the reconstruction and renovation of so many of the historic buildings. They do great work. What type of design does she want to do? I would love to live in NC. It is so beautiful.

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  4. Isn't Savannah beautiful? I love all your pictures, did you take them with a camera or your iPhone? Out of all the breathtakingly beautiful pictures of everything, my favorites are of you and Lilah and Lilah and Greg. :) Spanish Moss does survive here because we have some from YEARS ago in our yard but I don't think it would fare well where you are. I have a solution; move closer to the Spanish Moss. ;)

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    1. Karen, All of these were taken with my Canon DSLR camera. This was the first trip I noticed a difference in the quality between it and my iPhone. Maybe my iPhone is just getting old. Every picture I am putting on the blog now is from my Canon. I want to show other pictures than the ones everyone saw on IG. I LOVE your idea about moving closer. I just have to work on Greg....

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  5. I get what you mean about "needing" a vacation. Not in the same way we need to eat and sleep, but for our souls! I felt like that when we lived in MI mostly due to weather, but still we have to have the time to connect as a family. Even though we homeschool and are together all the time, vacation, or at least time away is just different. Plus, I love the richness that travel brings to life. I consider it an integral part of our family culture and our homeschooling life. I loved seeing your pics on IG - I'm glad you all had a wonderful time!! I'm looking forward to more pics later in the week :)

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    1. There are many more pictures queued up for the next week! I am only using pictures that I did not post on IG. Greg and I were talking about your family and how you made the move from MI to FL. Every year the winter gets a little bit harder and I can't imagine being here when we are retired. I see a warmer climate in our future!

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