Friday, September 19, 2008

The Diva's Garden of Evil

Picture a square block park. Homes line each side of the park, and everyone can see everyone else's front door from their own front porch. That's how Savannah, Georgia was designed, #65 on my Bucket List.

History, traveling and movies are but three of my passions, and our trip to Savannah offered me the chance to combine all three.

I used the internet (research is another passion) and found a boutique hotel called The Marshall House. It was built in 1851, and was originally owned by a colonel in the Confederate Army. It sits in the Historic District of Savannah, and whoever restored it did an excellent job in keeping the details within the Civil War timeframe (Civil War, yet another passion). There are no mirrors in the rooms, all the fixtures are period pieces, the cherry wood floors are uneven at best, and creak with every footstep. Even with all that, they still had Wi-fi. Ah, well, a sign of the times.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
was filmed at a house right here in downtown Savannah. The Diva and I love that movie, so we dragged Sarge and Doc all over town one day on a quest to find it. The bellman said it was within walking distance, but we must have travelled through hundreds of those squares before we actually found Mercer House.

It was fabulous, immaculate, and open to the public. It was sort of like a museum in that no pictures were allowed inside. No matter, we really got a kick out of it, especially the antiques and the original pieces of art.

If you are ever in Savannah yourself, you must visit Mercer House, and if you're hungry, you must eat at Clary's. It's a down home country backwoods-type cafe, but it has the best homemade maple syrup you could ever sop your biscuits in. Thank God for small favors.

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