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.