Savannah, Wednesday April 20
We had such a fine day yesterday in Savannah, that I decided to stay over one more night and do a little sightseeing on our own. After breakfast today, we headed out for Starbucks and Bonaventure Cemetery – the most famous of Savannah’s final resting places.
It was one of the major locales in the 1994 book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – with its Bird Girl statue featured on the book’s cover.
She has been removed from the cemetery and resides in one of the downtown museums, but I wanted to see the whole cemetery and didn’t really mind that she’s not there any more.
What a beautiful serene place to spend eternity… that is, if you want to be put in a box underground. The cemetery streets are lined with live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss. Birds flit and sing, perfume of flowering trees or shrubs waft by, and the whole place is hushed and peaceful.
Johnny Mercer, and Conrad Aiken are two of the more notable folks buried here, and I was determined to find their graves. In the process, we saw some other interesting graves…
By now, it was lunchtime, so I decided to take us downtown to the riverfront again. We left Tumbleweed safely in the parking garage, and went across to the Rocks on the River restaurant at the new Bohemian Hotel. It was cool and shady, with a nice view across at the World War Two Memorial and the river, and Max was (mostly) content to lie at my feet while I had a marvelous Caesar Salad, Pinot Grigio, and She Crab Soup, followed by funnel cake for dessert – something I’ve never experienced and would highly recommend! I took a photo of lunch, but was so overcome by the sight of the dessert that I completely forgot to snap a photo…