St John the Baptist Cathedral is
only about 400 metres away from our Savannah apartment so we
attended the 8 am service. We have never cared for cathedral
churches as a place to worship as they always have a remote and
pompous kind of ambience to them. This also proved to be the
case in Savannah.
The interior of the cathedral
itself however was one of the most attractive we have ever
encountered anywhere in the world. It was beautifully
maintained, had excellent stained glass, a light airy
ambience and heaps of live vines and greenery growing around
altar and sanctuary.
During dinner with our friends
last night we had mentioned our disappointing experiences with
American "Barbeque" which we'd tried in
several cafes over the last few weeks. We'd found the smoked
pork to be too stringy and so immersed in barbeque sauce as to
totally obliterate the flavour of meat or anything else. Our
friends then suggested we join them for lunch at the Sweet Leaf
Smokery restaurant which is "only about five blocks from
your apartment". The problem was that they gave us the
wrong street name.
We walked and walked until we
became uneasy, then Brian accosted a black guy sitting on a
step. He informed us that he'd lived in the district 40 years
and there was no barbeque restaurant anywhere nearby. He also
warned us against proceeding any further south because "it
be dangerous for you folks", then he asked Brian
"would you have any money for a soda"?
Brian unwisely checked his wallet
and found nothing below a $50 note. He turned around to ask Lynn
for help, only to find her madly back-pedalling up the street!
Dropping a handful of silver and copper shrapnel into the
gentleman's hand we quickly crossed to a nearby Drug Store, sought
assistance from the helpful cashier and was offered a lift by
another kind customer who learned of our plight. In
due course we arrived 30 minutes late at the Sweet Leaf Smokery
and found our friends still waiting for a free table.
Becky, Mike and Kimberly wait for
us outside The Sweet Leaf Smokery in Savannah,
hugely amused about giving us a wrong address
Lynn and I shared a "Mixed
Barbeque Sampler Plate" which introduced us to a drier,
hotter and less saucy form of barbeque. This came accompanied by
Greens, Granny Smith Cole Slaw and hickory smoked Barbequed Baked
Beans. We'll continue our culinary studies and will hopefully be
experts in this form of Southern cooking by the time we arrive
back in Australia. Stand by for an invitation. You'll be
expected to bring the
Collard Greens and we'll supply everything else (better start
your own research now)!
We spent the afternoon strolling
the lovely tree lined streets of the Historic District of
Savannah Georgia. Huge old oak trees and equally remarkable
magnolia trees create so called "canopy roads" as they
stretch to meet each other across the streets. This creates most
welcome shade in the hot and humid climate.
There are 24 small park-like squares
in "old Savannah", all equally cool and green. They make a lovely
refuge to rest on a park bench and listen to the bird songs.
Thanks to all the parks, trees and other vegetation in the
Historic Section of Savannah, bird life is quite prolific.
We watched a lady feeding some
squirrels in a park but they were seriously out-manoeuvred by
the pigeons which soon arrived on the scene and elbowed the
squirrels aside. A pigeon probably weighs three times as much as
a typical squirrel so they are at a definite disadvantage.
Most homes in this district
were built just before or just after the American Civil War and
are generally dated between 1850 and 1870.
Whilst there are many grand homes
we also discovered many which are more modest but equally attractive, cute or engaging.
The Historical quarter of Savannah is well worth a visit if you ever
happen to be passing visiting the city