Strolling Savannah

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Spanish moss dangles from ancient live oaks and sways in the breeze. Elegant urns overflow with ivy; azaleas in every shade of pink compete for attention. And the sweet scent of pralines permeates the air. It’s springtime in Savannah.


Last weekend we celebrated our wedding anniversary (also St. Patrick’s Day) in Savannah, Georgia. We arrived a few days early before the famous festivities. We wanted to enjoy the calm before the storm, and do exactly what the city was designed for – walking.


Weaving our way past graceful mansions, through inviting squares with elegant fountains, gardens, and sculptures, we shared park benches with locals and tourists alike.


King sago



The prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) partners with the city to preserve architectural heritage, restoring buildings for use as college facilities – 67 to be exact!


The abundance of so many talented students adds a lively and stylish “youth vibe” to the entire area.



Shopping in the area runs the gamut from sophisticated to exotic to downright quirky – the perfect combination as far as we’re concerned. We did fall in love with these tea towels!


Teatowel 2

Teatowel 1

And as promised, we did manage to have our Anniversary Pecan Praline.

How sweet it is!
Terri and James



We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

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  1. Oh so wonderful! I’m from Georgia-LOVE Savannah, and am dying to get back. Happy anniversary! You two are amazing!

      1. Awesome! I’m from Conyers-east of Atlanta. It’s gotten really big now, but it was considered “small town” while I was being raised.


    1. Hi Laura, wouldn’t you love one of those tea towels. I’m partial to the “breakfast in bed” one. With your wonderful photographer’s eye you’ll have a field day when you visit Savannah. It will be a bit warmer than your neck of the woods, but since you photographed Florida you should feel right at home! ~Terri

    1. Hi Lena, and thanks. Now that you’re “mobile” there’s a fabulous campground near Savannah, just across Moon River (yes, THE Moon River) called Skidaway Island State Park. There are also some wonderful campgrounds up and down the Southeast coast if you’re looking for warmer weather and access to the ocean. We particularly like the ones on Jekyll Island GA and Anastasia Oaks in St. Augustine FL. All the best, Terri

  2. Great photos from Savannah! I’ve love to return. Happy Anniversary. Savannah is a great place to celebrate an anniversary. My husband’s parents lived there a couple of years and always raved about it, but it took us until just a few years ago to visit and we were there only there a short time. So much to see! We need to return. Thanks for the virtual visit.

    We watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” again the other day and enjoyed hearing “Moon River.”

    1. Thanks Catherine. We really enjoy Savannah, and this time of year is the perfect time to visit. The way we found out about “Moon River” is that a couple of years ago, we had to cross it on our way to the State Park Campground on Skidaway Island just outside Savannah. I’m not sure that crossing in a Kia Rondo would qualify as “in style” but we had a great camping trip, and we crooned Moon River for days. ~Terri

  3. Jonathan and I plan to be on the road June 6, 2013. Since we are staying within the U.S. for the first while I am putting Savannah on the list. Where are you off to next, do you know?

    1. At this point, we’re still putting the finishing touches on Basecamp Gallivance, so we haven’t made any firm plans at this point. As in all our other renovations, this one is taking longer than expected. BTW, you will love Savannah. ~Terri

    1. It definitely deserves a return trip. When we moved back to the US from London, the historic district reminded us so much of London. General Oglethorpe had some very interesting ideas about city planning, and Savannah is the result. ~Terri

  4. Here’s a question. Do Georgians pronounce it “prahleen” or “prayleen”? I’m originally from TX, and we say “pray” . . . and “pucahn” not “peecan”. 🙂

    This looks like a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary!

    1. What a great question Anita. We were first introduced to them when we lived in New Orleans where the French Pronunciation prevails, so it was pu-cahn’ prah’-leen (and that’s the pronunciation we imprinted on!). Then we moved to Dallas that uses the pronunciation you described – as does Charleston SC. And in Savannah they were using the New Orleans pronunciation. We usually only run into Pee-can used by folks from other parts of the country. It’s always a great conversation starter because just about everyone loves them! ~Terri

      1. Thanks Terri! I am finally better but not 100% It has been rough but thankfully we are off for Spring break to Montana tomorrow with the kids. I can hardly wait to get some fresh mountain air and ski! It will really do a lot to renew my soul!

  5. I’m sure you had a terrific celebration in Savannah. We were there in February last year but I need to return again when the city is in bloom. It is such a great city to visit.

    1. Karen we had a blast … as we always do in Savannah. March – May are great months to explore Savannah, as are October and November. The summer is a bit toasty. I just saw your Panna Cotta recipe and it looks wonderful. We’ll be trying it soon! All the best, Terri

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