My fascination over the South started when I read the novel “Message in a Bottle” by Nicholas Sparks. I was only 15 then. The story was set on a coastal town in North Carolina. Although I was only able to see the movie years after that, the fascination lingered. Sometime between 2003-2004ish, I got hold of his other novel, The Notebook. The story resonated in me for weeks, probably months, and I still carry it with me up to this day. When it was brought to life on a big screen in 2004, I was left daydreaming and musing like all hopeless-romantics would. The thought of losing someone as they deplete memories hit me big time. It’s like leaves of story pages falling without a sound.
And that fascination also involves oak trees. I dragged my husband with me to see Boone and Magnolia Plantation. While it was a remarkable experience, it left me wondering about Savannah, Georgia. Immediately upon our return to America after living some years in Japan, hubby and I found ourselves wandering around the charming city of Savannah, the “Forest City”. Despite the holiday road blocks and the city’s ubiquitous one-way traffic, the city proved to be worth all the fascination and daydreams. All those years of waiting and wishing, while aboard a city trolley and on foot, Savannah did not disappoint, not even a bit.
Our lunch was at Boar’s Head, one of the former cotton warehouse turned restaurant. It was a lunch view to kill as it overlooks the Savannah River.
Savannah has 22 historic square parks to boast! It was called the Forest City for a good reason.
Life is a box of chocolate. I just have to say it :)
The Six Pence Pub, located in downtown Savannah in Georgia, is one of the locations used in the film “Something to Talk About”, starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid.
And here is a photo of our cat travelling with us, Sakura Rain. She is quite enjoying the charm only the South can bring.