We flew from Phoenix AZ into Atlanta, where we rented a car and drove to the Savannah area. Our initial stay was in a motel near the Savannah airport, since that afforded relatively easy access to Rincon, where daughter Danielle and her daughter Abigail live. We were joined for most of our socializing by Danielle’s older daughter Kristen, who lives south of Savannah but is pursuing an MBA at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. We all enjoyed several rousing games of Kings Cross at Danielle’s, and we all patronized a number of local restaurants.
On October 28 we all went to a local corn maze, where we saw dramatic evidence of the ill effects of too much rain for too much of the summer.
We subsequently moved to a motel within Savannah in order to be closer to our various doctors and to the Savannah College of Art & Design annual film festival. We had scheduled our visit to correspond to the festival, but alas, we had waited too long to secure our tickets and consequently saw many fewer than we wished.
One that we DID see, however, we enjoyed immensely. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, stars Frances McDormand, in a role written just for her. I understand it opened initially in just a few markets, so we were doubly pleased to be able to see it before its official opening.
On an off day, one without doctor appointments or movie tickets, we drove out to Tybee Island. Very quiet place, this time of year.
And we found time to visit the Miwa Sushi Restaurant in Pooler, not once, but twice during our stay. We think it is the best Sushi restaurant in Savannah, and we always try to drop in at least once when we are in the Savannah area.
And while I am praising Savannah restaurants, I must mention Joe’s Homemade Cafe, Catering & Bakery. We discovered it last year, and had to go back. It is a tiny place with only a few tables, but the staff is super friendly and the offerings — salads, sandwiches, panini, and desserts — are extraordinary. By the way, as you pay at the register, ask “which one is Joe?”
On Friday, November 3, we drove our rental back up to Atlanta in order to spend the weekend with daughter Nellie, her husband Michael, and their two sons Michael and Connor. It was a very good visit. On Nov. 4 we all took a nice long walk (20,000 steps on my Fitbit) along the nearby Beltway, ending up at Piedmont Park, where we entered the Botanical Gardens. Lovely place. I took a gazillion pictures, with special emphasis on the orchids and on the colorful pitcher plants. Also a few of Venus fly traps. With enormous misgivings I include only one of each here.
On Sunday, another nice walk, but perhaps only half as long. They live in a very interesting part of Atlanta, very near the Carter Center.
Early Monday morning we took our rental car back to the Atlanta airport and hopped a plane to Curacao, via Miami. But Curacao is another topic for another post.