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.
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.
A view of the beautiful Capitol building dressed up for the occasion.
When in Savannah. Eat. Eat beignets.
The bustling crowd down on River Street as the first of the fireworks began.
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.
I call this: the Miami Palm Tree. It's like they knew I was there.
On to day two:
Parks. Pretty, pretty parks. And my pretty family.
Cutest picture of my mom and dad ever. Deserves a closer look.
A rare moment: me, in front of the lens. Pretty hats and Southern charm inspire me. What can I say?
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.
Packin' my bags. I'm moving in. (Won't they be surprised.)
I have a thing for doors.
Beauty on every corner, it's ridiculous.
Back on the streets...the gang.
Thank you, little Irish Pub. We loved your
prop red phone booth.
My little guy excited to see his name on a historic marker. ;) He's famous now, you know.
Next up, just what the doctor ordered: Lunch at an old apothecary.
Quirkiest combo of amazing architecture of times past, lovely food and funky decor. It wasn't just lunch. It was an experience.
Think there's any original Neosporin in those drawers?
My little girl with a very sophisticated food palette: avocado mousse, fresh crab and tomato salad.
My attempt at trying to get a secret photo of my little one...
quickly turned to... ...and then he ran away.
Waiting semi-patiently for ice cream.
Do you have any idea how hard it was to choose a flavor?
Totally worth the 30+ minute wait. (The line was out the door. Way out the door.)
Is it good, Dad?
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.
Working off the ice cream...walking around River Street shopping district again.
Dad found a "girlfriend". (Don't worry, mom gets him back and finds a "boyfriend" at our next stop in Asheville.)
Inside the girly Savannah Belle Boutique, the boys were more fascinated by what they saw out the window.
But Little Miss found a purty hat!
A River Street view of the sun going down on the Capitol building.
Spanish moss galore.
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.
And then we ate some more...(we ate a LOT on this trip!)
This boy loves him some crab.
Two thumbs up from a
picky selective eater.
An active end, (late at night) to a very active day.
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. ;)