I'm going to Savannah.
Really and truly...I'm actually going to Savannah!
I've wanted to go to Savannah, Georgia for ages, ever since I watched "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" one sultry hot Hawaiian January afternoon in 1999. I was on vacation, and 4 days into that trip, I came down with the worst case of 'flu I've ever had. Imagine being in Hawaii in that glorious weather and luscious location...and I'm sicker than a junkyard dog with a huge fever and headache.
I struggled into my jeans and a T-shirt, drove to Blockbuster and picked up 10 movies for 10 days for $10. Returning home to my little air-conditioned cottage, I wrapped up in a blanket and with a huge jar of iced tea and a bottle of Advil, proceeded to sog my way through that stack of movies.
The first 9 movies were forgettable.
To this day, I have no idea what I watched...it was merely for putting in time until I started feeling better.
The last movie left on the floor by the TV was Midnight in the Garden. I left it until last because I'm not a huge Clint Eastwood fan and I wasn't looking forward to seeing any movie that he'd directed. I had no idea what it was about, but I can tell you this... a few frames into it and I was hooked.
I adored the look of the city of Savannah in the movie, the architecture, the glorious squares full to overflowing with luscious landscaping.
I soaked up the sights and sounds of the south...mostly that delicious southern drawl that rolled over my fevered brow like liquid honey over warm toast. I watched every single second of that movie, twice over.
Then, I wrote in my journal, "Some day, I am going to go to Savannah and see if it is all that it seems in this movie."
So, here I am, 9 years later and I'm actually going to Savannah! Slowtrav is a travel site that I belong to and we are holding a get-together for all of our North American members who can join us, and we are meeting in Savannah. So far, about 100 of us are meeting in that beautiful city to share good food, a few chilled libations and more than a few late night visits with each other.
I know the time will fly by and before I know it, I will be on a flight headed home. But, for the precious time I'm in Savannah, I plan to enjoy every single second of it.
I'm actually going to Savannah.
"Nothing happens unless first a dream." ~ Carl Sandburg
Georgia Department of Economic Development