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by Mary Dickinson
January 28, 2005
We went into a few of the antiques shops some years ago, and they were more like flea markets, but we didn’t have time to look recently; however, the situation on River Street was different. A new park exists all along the waterfront. Millionaires’ Casino Boat was docked but wasn’t presently in service, but the tour boats, Savannah River Queen and Georgia Queen, were ready to do business.
The Chart House, River House, and Dockside Restaurants were near the underpass for the Hyatt Regency. Nearby, a talented street musician with a saxophone played haunting music that seem to echo off the old warehouses. Young people were weaving sculpture from palms and making jewelry to sell. We stopped for lunch at the Cotton Exchange Restaurant so we could sit and enjoy that renovated warehouse and imagine what it was like during Savannah’s heyday.
Ghosts are in high demand in that city. Out on the street, a group of youths were starting off on a haunted places tour from Ghosts and Gravestones, one of the many spectre specialists located in Savannah. Believe it or not, they were headed toward the cemetery in town as part of the tour. We didn’t do any of the haunting tours, but I did buy some of the many books that were offered on that subject and concluded that the more you pursue it, the worse--or better--it gets, depending on how you look at it.
If you like nautical items, True Grit had some exquisite things, and nearby, Jezabel’s had exotic clothing, but bring your checkbook, because blouses were priced in the $115 range. If you like to shop for kids, Kids Ahoy had some beautiful things, and River Street Sweets gave a free praline sample. There’s a lot more to enjoy, and some parking is available, but all the tour buses stop right along River Street, and the free CAT stops up on Bay Street.
From journal Daylight in the history of Old Savannah
March 19, 2004
From journal Day Trip to Savannah