Friday, November 18, 2011
We walked along Savannah River in the Riverfront District, a popular tourist area. Buildings along River Street feature restaurants, souvenir shops, galleries and businesses that cater to visitors. Looking up the building, you could still tell from the structures were once warehouses housing cotton ready for loading and shipping. Instead of bales of cotton being loaded onto ships and barges, the Savannah Belles Ferry is waiting to provide dinner cruise and entertainment to visitors. We skipped the old passageway of alleys because my sister was unable to walk on cobblestone walkways.
More images from the Gingerbread House (above) built in 1899 will be in future post. It is known as the most photographed house in Savannah and as the most beautiful and elegant structure. You could search for it to find out what the address is - not very flattering!
For a minute there, we thought we were in New Orleans when looking up at second-floor of the Marshall Hotel and saw the cast-iron veranda, a reminder of the French Quarter. The Marshall Hotel (123 E. Broughton Street) was considered the finest hotel in Savannah when it first opened in 1851 by a businesswoman, Ms. Mary L. Marshall. When the Union (damned Yankees) came, the building served as army hospital in 1864-1865. After the war, the hotel re-opened under new ownership and after going thru renovation. The hotel closed in 1957 and only the first floor was used for businesses. The current Marshall Hotel, opened in 1999, with all the modern conveniences such as king-size beds, flatscreen LCD tvs, luxirious bathrooms (http://www.marshallhouse.com/).