savannah, days 1 & 2

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This week, we’re in Savannah, Georgia where our daughter Alexis is attending a week-long summer program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Alex is a rising high school sophomore, and she’s definitely an artist: she’s drawn to illustration, and making 3D models and anything creative. She doesn’t really know what she’ll study when she starts university 3 years from now, but she’s pretty convinced it will be something creative. So we signed her up for this summer workshop so she could experiment and learn more about different types of creative study, so she can get some insight into what might turn her own for university.

In the meantime, while she's having a great time at SCAD ("this is AMAZING!!!!" she texted me after her first day), Marcus and I are taking the opportunity to explore a new city, and have a little down time with each other. Neither of us have ever been here before, and our first impression is that Savannah is what happens when Galveston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, have a love child: it has the kitschy waterside shopping area of Galveston (complete with Joe’s Crab Shack), combined with the historical buildings and apparent hauntings of New Orleans.

In short, it’s incredibly charming.

So here are some photos from our first and second days here in Savannah. It’s hot as hell (but still not quite as hot as Houston — the shade is pleasant here, where it’s still insufferable in Houston), but still really lovely.

(Also, we’re sort of eating our way through the city. My Lord, this little town has no end of good restaurants.)

Checking Alex into her dorm for the week at the Savannah College of Art and Design. A direct quote from one of the texts I received from her: “IT’S AMAZING!!!!!!!!!”

Checking Alex into her dorm for the week at the Savannah College of Art and Design. A direct quote from one of the texts I received from her: “IT’S AMAZING!!!!!!!!!”

A SCAD outdoor space. Apparently SCAD acquires many of the dilapidated properties in Savannah, and then its students (architectural, interior architectural, interior design, etc.) restore them and often either keep the property for the school (as above) or resell or lease them to other businesses in the city. SCAD is therefore responsible for much of the rejuvenation and restoration of the town. It’s very cool to see.

A SCAD outdoor space. Apparently SCAD acquires many of the dilapidated properties in Savannah, and then its students (architectural, interior architectural, interior design, etc.) restore them and often either keep the property for the school (as above) or resell or lease them to other businesses in the city. SCAD is therefore responsible for much of the rejuvenation and restoration of the town. It’s very cool to see.

Local11ten     — where we (belatedly!) celebrated our first-seventeenth wedding anniversary .

Local11ten — where we (belatedly!) celebrated our first-seventeenth wedding anniversary.

Cha Bella    . Lovely little restaurant.

Cha Bella. Lovely little restaurant.

Marcus’ meal at Cha Bella — about 8 tons of meat, accompanied by a flight of whiskeys. I don’t think I’ve seen him this happy in years.

Marcus’ meal at Cha Bella — about 8 tons of meat, accompanied by a flight of whiskeys. I don’t think I’ve seen him this happy in years.

The Pink House Tavern    . We were told it’s haunted. Sadly, no spectres appeared.

The Pink House Tavern. We were told it’s haunted. Sadly, no spectres appeared.

We stopped for a couple of cocktails at     The Grey    , and then were talked into making dinner reservations later in the week — this place is supposed to be AH MAY ZING .

We stopped for a couple of cocktails at The Grey, and then were talked into making dinner reservations later in the week — this place is supposed to be AH MAY ZING.

We don’t have any plans for the rest of the week — but luckily for us, my friend Andrea, who has a lot of ties to Savannah, just shared her perfect itinerary for a trip to the city — and I suspect it’s about to be our bible for the rest of the week.

More soon, friends.