Friday, July 10, 2015

My Super-Fun Vacation!

After the stress of buying a house, moving, and selling a house, I needed a getaway. So, as most full-time freelance writers do, I spent the last part of June working 12-hour days so that I could have a getaway...



Here I am with my sister and her husband on our first day in Savannah:




We visited Madison Square, which is surrounded by historic homes. 



We also stopped by The Mercer Williams House, known as the location of the true events that inspired Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.



We found the bench from Forrest Gump. That part of the movie was filmed in Savannah. The bench has been moved to the Savannah History Museum to prevent theft.



We did a ghost tour, as well...it was amazing. I highly recommend the Sixth Sense World tour if you're ever in Savannah. The last location, which is reportedly haunted by four girls who were murdered there, was the scariest. There was a guy in the window looking out at us...scary until he waved and our tour guide said he was the security guard.



We then moved on to the second leg of our trip: Charleston. When I think of Charleston, I always think of the Battery Park/Rainbow Row area. The houses are so colorful.



Plus there's the pier at Waterfront Park, which you must see if you ever visit Charleston.



Downtown Charleston is just as beautiful, though. This street corner was particularly scenic.



We also took the boat to Fort Sumter...



...and visited a beautiful plantation.



We ended the vacation with a tour of the USS Yorktown battleship.



We missed out on the ghost tour of the battleship, though. We'll have to do that the next time we're in town!

What are your vacation plans for this summer?

50 comments:

  1. Both amazing cities! Been to both and seen most of the same sights. (Although I've never done the ghost tour on the ship either.) Did you see the smallest house (I believe in the USA) in Savannah during the ghost tour?

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    1. No, we didn't see that one! I'm going to have to look it up. We were only in Savannah one full day. We spent most of the time in Charleston.

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  2. Wonderful photos. I never thought a bench would be stolen, but I guess a famous one would be. I love ghost tours. I just returned from New York City, so that was my getaway for this summer.

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    1. I want to go back to NYC soon! We thought the "bench theft" thing was odd, too. Why not just bolt it down? I think the real story behind it is that they want people to pay to get into the museum to see it. It wasn't an expensive admission, but still they're making money off it!

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  3. omg love the pics!! so beautiful! I have always wanted to go to Charleston. "There was a guy in the window looking out at us...scary until he waved and our tour guide said he was the security guard." ha, this cracked me up. no vacation plans this summer, but we do have a pool so that's like a mini vacay :)

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    1. A pool gives you a vacation every day!

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  4. awesome getaway! i'd skip the scary stuff, though. ;)

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    1. What can I say? I love scary stories!

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  5. Gorgeous pictures! It looks beautiful and like you had so much fun. I would love to do the ghost tours but I think I would completely chicken out LOL!

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    1. You're there with a crowd, so it isn't really all that scary...until you're trying to fall asleep that night!

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  6. Great pictures and it looks like you had a wonderful vacation! I want to go to that haunted house -- I love scary!

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  7. What a wonderful trip. Thanks for taking me along too. I will visit there someday.

    Our plans for the summer is boating, boating and more boating. It's what we love.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Hope you have a great weekend on the lake!

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  8. That sure looks like an awesome trip. lol always nice to find out the "ghost" was just a security guard

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    1. Yeah, it spooked me at first, but at least the tour guide was honest about it!

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  9. That Waterfront Park looks gorgeous!
    No plans for the summer, just work work work... I've never actually been to a vacation in my life :)

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    1. Wow, really? People always say Americans don't vacation enough, but it sounds like we're still better off than other areas of the world in that area.

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  10. Moving can be brutal! Looks like you had a fabulous vacation though :)

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    1. Ugh. It was ten times worse than I'd imagined!

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  11. How fun! I've been to Charleston, but would love to go to Savannah. The homes are so beautiful as are the flowers and bushes in the south. I was amazed by the azaleas in SC. No big summer vacation here because we are going to Maui early next year! Woo hoo!

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    1. I always thought I'd love to go to Savannah, but Charleston is much better. More to do. I would recommend not going in the summer, though. Both places are brutally hot!

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  12. So cool. I would love to visit there someday.

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  13. Sounds like fun! I'm making notes. :)

    No vacation plans this summer but we have a few small trips planned for the fall - we like to travel when most people are busy with school. :)

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  14. You should have rang! I live on Skidaway Island which is only 12 miles from downtown Savannah and out near Wormsloe Plantation which has that lovely grove of live oaks over a drive that was also used in Forest Gump. Glad you had a good time.

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  15. Looks like you had a great time.

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  16. You and your husband make a great looking couple! Looked like fun! Glad you guys were able to get away for a bit and enjoy seeing the sights!

    betty

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  17. Wonderful photos! I love Savannah and can't wait to go there again.

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  18. The smiles in those photos say it all.

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  19. Wow; that sounds like my kind of vaca!

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  20. Great Photos! I've never been to that part of Georgia or North Carolina but it looks wonderful. The Forrest Gump bench is interesting...I didn't realize it was in a special place or would draw so much attention.. Appears you had a great time. I'm just planning short trips around the state to visit the kids this summer and dog sitting while my daughter and her husband go to the Dominican Republic...hopefully will get to go somewhere a little more exotic next year.

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  21. It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for giving us a peek at your vacation.
    My only vacation is in September when I fly to my daughter in Ottawa for a week. Mostly a relaxing week and no calves to feed.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  22. there's a battleship in Charleston, SC we took a tour of. That thing is so massive, it seemed like it would never end, and I'm sure there were many parts of the ship we'd never see.

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  23. Sounds like a great trip.

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  24. Stephanie, looks wonderful. How I'd love to see some of those places. Enjoy! Have a great relaxing break from work!

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  25. Charleston is one of my favorite places, but I've never been to Savannah. It's on my list!

    Ghost tours are fun. Glad to have you back safe and rested.

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  26. This looks like such an awesome trip!! Love all the pics and great places :)

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  27. Wow, seems like you had a fantastic time. I don't know why, but your pictures remind me of Key West!

    We are not going anywhere, we take a vacation in winters, as that's when my husband has less work.

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  28. Great photos and such a fun post! :-) Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  29. I Love your pictures!! It appears you had a fantastic time!!!

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  30. Fantastic pics from what looks like you had a fantastic vacation.

    Alas, no summer vacation for me. Money, which is the root of all evil, is tight these days, so my various vacation days (which I take because I'm always near my vacation cap, and why should I give something back that I rightfully earn) are usually staycations, in which I try to play catch up with my writing.

    Summertime is the perfect time to sit outside and simple allow your surroundings to get your creative juices flow.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  31. I am catching up! I didn't even go anywhere just busy. You trips looks like you had a wonderful time and great pictures. I love the spooky one with the guard in the window. I love ghost tours and did one at Fort George in Niagara On The Lake. We were looking into one of the homes for the main Captain. His family would have resided there. The home was closed but it had candles lit up that were inside glass lanterns on the walls. The place is sealed because the stuff inside is rare so they try to keep it as non drafty as possible. There was no wind that evening and it was hot. The candle kept flickering and flickering and then it just went out. No one was in there and we were looking through the windows. People have commented that they see a lady in there brushing her dark hair.

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  32. So glad you got to do a vacay. Aren't Savannah and Charleston fun?
    Did you eat at the restaurant that used to be a pirate hangout?
    I haven't done the plantation tour but I'd love to.
    Thanks for signing up for Thunderclap. Much appreciated.

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  33. What a great trip! I have never been to Savannah but it's on my to do list.

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  34. How fun. I've never been to either of these places. I've been to Atlanta (for business) a couple of times but that isn't the same at all. We've got a long weekend to Sioux Falls, SD coming up for a wedding but nothing else planned right now.

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  35. Love Savannah!

    Hope you didn't pay for the Mercer House tour. Expensive and you only see the first floor and they refuse to talk about the book (but they don't tell you that before you pay). I don't know why they think anyone cares about that house outside of the book!

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  36. I recently watched the tv-series, Reckless, and have since been dying to see Charleston. :)

    Glad to hear you had such a fun vacation. I agree, it was well-deserved and much needed!

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  37. I have been wanting to go to Savannah for YEARS! And now you just made me want to go even more.

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