Savannah, GA | A Traveler's Guide...with more pictures than is legal

July 21, 2013  •  1 Comment

I did it. I actually went on vacation...with the family, minus the dog. (Sorry, Sasha.) 7 people (Me, Hub, 3 kids...and Mom and Dad), 1 fully loaded Suburban, 11 days on the road. Good times. (Okay, a few stressful times, but mostly good. Really good.)

First stop: Savannah, Georgia. I took nearly 600 pictures in 48 hours. I edited 126 of them. In lieu of making this the longest blog post ever, I'll only post 100. Kidding. I'll try to narrow it down, but you can check all of them out here: http://www.gailcentenophotography.com/savannah-georgia-travel-sights.

We arrived in Savannah on July 4th. It was gloomy and rainy, but cleared up just as we arrived down on the River Street historic shopping and dining district (thank you, Lord!). Lo and behold, it was Paula...her store and restaurant, anyway.

Savannah Georgia Paula Deen storeSavannah | Paula Deen Store What do you do on July 4th in Savannah when Paula Deen's restaurant has a 2 hour wait? You walk by with your camera and get a simultaneous food/street scene shot. It's quirky...and the closest I got to eating her food.

Savannah Georgia Paula Deen store Lady and SonSavanah | The Lady and Sons | Paula Deen's Restaurant A view of the beautiful Capitol building dressed up for the occasion.

Savannah Georgia golden dome Capitol Building July 4thSavannah | The Capitol Building When in Savannah. Eat. Eat beignets.

Savannah Georgia beignets on River StreetSavannah | Beignets The bustling crowd down on River Street as the first of the fireworks began.

Savannah Georgia River Street crowd fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the fireworks. They were quite low and didn't seem to have much punch to them. I threw on my 70-200mm zoom and steadied it on a tripod. Managed to get a few cool shots using some long exposures, most ranging from 3-15 seconds.

Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks I call this: the Miami Palm Tree. It's like they knew I was there.

Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013 Miami palm treeSavannah | River Street Fireworks Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks Savannah Georgia River Street fireworks July 4th, 2013Savannah | River Street Fireworks On to day two:

Parks. Pretty, pretty parks. And my pretty family.

Savannah Georgia Miami Florida couple photographySavannah | Couple Portrait Cutest picture of my mom and dad ever. Deserves a closer look.

Savannah Georgia Miami Florida couple photographySavannah | Couple Portrait A rare moment: me, in front of the lens. Pretty hats and Southern charm inspire me. What can I say?

Savannah Georgia Miami Florida portrait photographySavannah | Self Portrait Gorgeous architecture everywhere. Code: Photographer's eye candy.

The historic Owens-Thomas house, built from 1816-1819, is said to be one of America's finest examples of English Regency architecture.

Savannah Georgia architecture photography Owen Thomas houseSavannah | Architecture Savannah Georgia architecture photography Owen Thomas houseSavannah | Architecture Packin' my bags. I'm moving in. (Won't they be surprised.)

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photographySavannah | Architecture Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography red door bricks flag shuttersSavannah | Architecture I have a thing for doors.

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography old wooden arched doorSavannah | Architecture | Old Door Beauty on every corner, it's ridiculous.

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography July 4th Savannah | Architecure Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Chatham AcademySavannah | Architecture Back on the streets...the gang.

Savannah Georgia street scene photographySavannah | Street Scenes Thank you, little Irish Pub. We loved your prop red phone booth.

Savannah Georgia Miami Florida couple portrait photographySavannah | Couple Portrait Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannah | Savannah College of Art and Design My little guy excited to see his name on a historic marker. ;) He's famous now, you know.

Savannah | Madison Square Next up, just what the doctor ordered: Lunch at an old apothecary.

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Gryphon restaurant tea room apothecarySavannah | Gryphon Restaurant No, really.

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Gryphon restaurant apothecary tea roomSavannah | Gryphon Quirkiest combo of amazing architecture of times past, lovely food and funky decor. It wasn't just lunch. It was an experience.

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Gryphon restaurant apothecary tea roomSavannah | Gryphon Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Gryphon restaurant apothecary tea roomSavannah | Gryphon Think there's any original Neosporin in those drawers?

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Gryphon restaurant apothecary tea roomSavannah | Gryphon My little girl with a very sophisticated food palette: avocado mousse, fresh crab and tomato salad.

Savannah Georgia historic architecture photography Gryphon restaurant apothecary tea roomSavannah | Gryphon Savannah Georgia Miami Florida family lifestyle photography Savannah | Family My attempt at trying to get a secret photo of my little one...

quickly turned to...Savannah Georgia Miami Florida funny child lifestyle photography ...and then he ran away.

Savannah Georgia photography tree lined park squareSavannah | Park Savannah Georgia photography oak tree lined park squareSavannah | Oak Trees Savannah Georgia photography LeopoldSavannah | Leopold's Savannah Georgia photography LeopoldSavannah | Leopold's Waiting semi-patiently for ice cream.

Savannah Georgia photography LeopoldSavannah | Leopold's Do you have any idea how hard it was to choose a flavor?

Savannah Georgia photography LeopoldSavannah | Leopold's Totally worth the 30+ minute wait. (The line was out the door. Way out the door.)

Savannah Georgia photography LeopoldSavannah | Leopold's Is it good, Dad?

Savannah Georgia photography LeopoldSavannah | Leopold's An even rarer second appearance: Me, wondering how a picture of myself eating [amazingliy delicious, coffee chocolate chip] ice cream will look. Now we know.

Savannah Georgia photography LeopoldSavannah | Leopold's Working off the ice cream...walking around River Street shopping district again.

Savannah Georgia photography River Street shoppingSavannah | River Street Shopping Dad found a "girlfriend". (Don't worry, mom gets him back and finds a "boyfriend" at our next stop in Asheville.)

Savannah | River Street Shopping Inside the girly Savannah Belle Boutique, the boys were more fascinated by what they saw out the window.

Savannah Georgia photography River Street shopping Savannah Belle BoutiqueSavannah | River Street Shopping Savannah Georgia photography River Street view shopping Savannah Belle BoutiqueSavannah | River Street Shopping Savannah Georgia photography River Street shopping Savannah Belle Boutique river bargeSavannah | River Street But Little Miss found a purty hat!

Savannah Georgia River Street shopping Savannah Belle Boutique Southern turquoise Miami Florida child lifestyle photography hatSavannah | River Street Shopping Savannah Georgia River Street shopping Miami Florida child lifestyle photographySavannah | River Street Savannah Georgia River Street shopping Miami Florida child lifestyle photographySavannah | River Street Savannah Georgia River Street shopping Miami Florida child lifestyle photographySavannah | River Street A River Street view of the sun going down on the Capitol building.

Savannah Georgia River Street golden dome Capitol building sunsetSavannah | River Street Shopping Spanish moss galore.

Savannah Georgia oak tree spanish moss photographySavannah | Oak Trees On our way home...I snapped this hilarious street scene through the windshield: 10 people riding a trolley bike? That's what I'm calling it.

Savannah Georgia River street lifestyle photography trolley bikeSavannah | Trolley Bike Faster!

Savannah Georgia River street lifestyle photography trolley bikeSavannah | Trolley Bike And then we ate some more...(we ate a LOT on this trip!)

Savannah Georgia Shell House seafood restaurant night photographySavannah | Shell House This boy loves him some crab.

Savannah Georgia Shell House seafood restaurantSavannah | Shell House Two thumbs up from a picky selective eater.

Savannah Georgia Shell House seafood restaurant Savannah | Shell House An active end, (late at night) to a very active day.

Savannah | Comfort Suites Gateway Oh my goodness, I am not even counting how many pictures I just loaded up here. It's probably close to that "100-haha-just-kidding-but-not-really" quota. You are a gem if you made it all the way to the end. Speaking of gems...next stop on this little, crazy va-cay: Asheville, NC. We went gem mining(!!!), among other things. You have to come back for this, my friends. But give me time. I haven't even flagged the pics I want to edit from that stop yet. That will have to be a 5 part post, I'm afraid. So. Many. Pictures. ;)


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Ivett(non-registered)
Gail, this is the first time I see this post. Gorgeous vacation pictures. Your parents are adorable!!! Your children are precious. You looked like you had fun!!! One question: Where was hubby?
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