Have you ever traveled to a place that made you want to go back over and over again? The kind of place that you simply cannot fathom visiting just once?
Well the older I get, and the more I wander, the more I find myself adding places to my running list of repeat travel destinations. Whether it's the cities rich history, breathtaking scenery, or the positive memories and experiences associated - for one reason or another, these places have been forever placed in the forefront of my mental rolodex of travel locations. Boston, Atlanta, D.C., Lake Winnepesake and Savannah are prime examples of this wanderers' phenomenon.
In my travels to Savannah over the last few years, I have continued to uncover more and more aspects of the city that have kept me so intrigued and wanting more.
I had been to Savannah, GA once before with my friend Mel Monster. We were on our way back to Florida after celebrating our friend Amy's wedding in Maryland. On the drive back, we took a spontaneous and much needed deviation from I-95. This deviation came after countless hours spent chasing pavement and watching as over time the sun moved slowly and succinctly from east to west. My first impression of Savannah was brief, but I cannot deny enjoying the social undertones of the city as Mel and I took a quick look around and spoke to friendly strangers. I was just a bystander watching the pulse of this city beat under the light of the moon. We stayed for only a couple of hours, and then we left - which only left me wanting to know more about this Savannah.
My second visit to Savannah was under somewhat similar conditions. My friend Stephen heroically agreed to caravan with me from Maryland to Florida, this time for my own personal relocation. Now that's a friend! During the road trip from Maryland to Florida, Stephen and I made yet another deviation from I-95 during a 900+ mile journey. This time, the deviation was entirely intentional, and took place under the approving and onlooking sun. We spent the majority of our time exploring, taking pictures, reading signs explaining historical locations within the city and talking to locals about the best places to brunch. Once again, the pulse of Savannah had me intrigued and we drifted through the streets taking pleasure in the smallest and seemingly insignificant observations and discoveries.
The images below are unfiltered bits of memory that I was able to capture with my Canon T5i. I have also included brief explanations with some of these pictures! I truly cherish finding places with layers and layers of history and culture. I had such a pleasant experience in Savannah and I hope that after reading this post you too will want to add Savannah to your list of "must see" and "repeat" destinations.
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If you are anything like me, you too have wondered where photographers find these mysterious green ivy walls! You know, the ones that you are supposed to take super hipster selfies in front of (I use the term hipster endearingly as I do have some hipster tendencies)?! Well, I finally found one! Maybe I will take the tripod and snap some pictures of myself in front of it the next time I visit!
What a beautiful day it was! Snapped a picture of this Navy memorial! I love seeing monuments and pieces of art that display a strong appreciation for the men and women who have fought bravely for our country! This Freedom they fight so hard to ensure is not guaranteed, and with it comes a responsibility for us to steward it well.
Stephen found this super hard core hard hat (which actually had a empty core) lying on the ground somewhere on the streets of Savannah. After we napped a couple of pictures, Stephen kindly placed it in a nearby safe location for it's owner to find once again. That's Stephen for you! And I just noticed that Stephen's shirt also says "hardcore." Coincidence? I think not!