Unfortunately, our time in these two cities was brief, so we don’t have a lot of photos or stories to share.
This is Lee, our host for the night in Charleston. He was a great host and has some awesome stories to tell. One of his major hobbies is sky diving, and I may be slightly less afraid of sky diving now (Chris is working hard to convince me that we should go sky diving someday, we’ll see).
Our major activity while in Charleston was going on a carriage ride tour of the city. Apparently the carriage rides are governed by a lot of rules so that they don’t interfere with traffic, etc. In the first few minutes of the ride the tour guide was describing some lottery method with pink(supposedly red) ping pong balls rolled out of a bingo spinner. I laughed a little thinking she was telling an exaggerated joke. She was completely serious. Thirty seconds later she stopped the carriage and called out to someone sitting in a booth on the sidewalk. The lady turned the spinner and out came a pink colored ball. The person in the booth called out a number to our guide, and that is how our carriage tour destination was determined. In order to keep only a certain number of carriages in specific areas of the city they use a lottery system. The tour guides never know which of the four tours they will be giving until they stop at the booth and the number is drawn. Kinda crazy, but I guess it works.
On our tour we saw a lot of the older houses (older is relative because Charleston has burned down and been rebuilt many times). I never would have guessed, but some of the richest people in America live in Charleston. Our tour guide mentioned the Trump children as an example of the people who lived in that area. All the houses have a similar design. The part of the house that faces the street is only one room wide, and they have a patio to help cool the house (very, very essential to life in this hot, humid climate). This is because you were taxed based on how much of your house faced the street (how many “rooms”). Seems like a lot of housing construction was based on taxes back in the day (height of the ceiling, number of windows, portion that faced the street, etc.).
This is one of the bigger, nicer homes in the area. I thought the homes were all very unique and beautiful. It was an interesting tour… but, it was blasted hot outside and the carriage moved so slowly it did not create any noticeable air flow. I thought I was going to melt. But I’d totally recommend the city—excuse me, the tour on a nice cool, breezy, non-summer afternoon.
The highlight of our stay in Savannah was pizza, haha. We had to drive to Orlando that day, so we couldn’t stay long. We stopped by a famous pizza place in the area and then drove around a bit to see at least some of the city.
We did make a brief stop at Chippewa Square. Savannah has lots of these squares all over the city. They are just one small square block with trees and beautiful flowers. This square is actually rather famous, well, kind of. Right where Chris is standing is where they placed a bench so that Forest Gump could wait for his bus. That’s right, this is where he sits during the whole movie telling his stories to the other people waiting for the bus. Of course, once they were done with the movie they removed the bench and put it in a museum.