Savannah Smiles

I LOVE the deep south.  I mean I really love it.  I have a special place in my heart for the low country, that coastal region along South Carolina and Georgia.  I’ve shared some of my previous visits here and here.  There’s just something about those ocean breezes and Live Oaks dripping with Spanish Moss that call to me.  The low country is my happy place.

Recently my sweetie and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.

Then

and

and now

I think we’ve gotten better with age, don’t you?

For a treat on our special day we took a little trip down to Savannah.  It’s only a 2 hour drive from our home so it was totally doable in a day.

Get ready for a photo bomb…I took A LOT of pictures.

I won’t do much ‘talking’ on this post, I just want to let the pretties speak for themselves.

pretty ironwork

 

love the door and the greenery

 

Who doesn’t love a pink building?

 

dreamy curved staircase

 

You might remember this home from the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.

 

This window surround is made of iron – too cool!

 

 

Can you stand that chandelier? Gorgeous!!!

 

pretty courtyard

 

gas light

 

amazing gate

 

another serene fountain in a courtyard

 

more beautiful ironwork

 

nifty chimney topper

 

beautiful detailing on this extra tall door

 

even the bark on this enormous Crape Myrtle is pretty

 

another beautiful gate

 

a huge wall of cascading clematis blooms

 

a stunning sunflower gate

 

beautiful detail on some old brickwork

 

inspiration for Disney’s Haunted Mansion…really :)

 

a dreamy park respite

 

Thin Mints anyone?

 

 

retro style

 

I could just lie on the ground and stare up into these branches for hours. :)

 

cannons, why not?

 

blue and gold…amazing details

 

Whew!!  You made it.  Yay!  Hopefully that wasn’t too boring for you.  I had to make the pictures a little smaller so I could get them all into one post.

On this trip we did a self-guided walking tour.  We purchased a little book from the Savannah welcome center.  In hindsight I think we may have had a little more information from a downloaded tour to our phones.  None-the-less, it was a wonderful day!  It wasn’t too hot or humid, and it was even a little overcast – so no sunburns. We got to have a great lunch of fresh Georgia seafood, and some sweet goodies in the afternoon.  The best part though was getting to celebrate our special day together on our actual anniversary.  Since we’re a military family I think I can probably count on one hand the number of times we’ve been able to do that.  :p  It was a real treat!

What is it that I love so much about the low country?  I love the architecture, the style, the history, the panache, the sun, the warmth, the ocean breezes, the pluff mud & marshes, the food and the people.  There’s just something about finding your happy place.  When you’re there you know it and your heart smiles.

I hope you get the chance to visit my happy place.  And, I hope it brings you as much joy as it does me.  :)