Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"Violently Smitten"

Thomas Jefferson once said this upon returning from his first trip to France. I found it to be quite appropriate for how I felt after our return from Savannah and Charleston this past week. . .

We started our little road trip in Savannah. Funny thing. . . they apparently have the 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the country. I believe there were more then 500,000 people flooding the city when we got into town Sunday before last! Of course we had no idea. We had to keep the kids in the hotel room beginning at around 8:00 at night, but other then that, things were manageable during the day and we got to hear alot of great bagpipe music. We left the day before St. Patrick's day and missed the big parade, but being that we aren't great "crowd" people, it was for the best! SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) is there and they own more then 60 of the old buildings in town. As you can imagine it was a very creative community and I was in heaven. This is what I saw on every turn. . .



We went on to Charleston from here and spent two days. The same, but different (hard to explain). I didn't think anything could be grander then the homes I saw in Savannah but Charleston topped it. Beautiful mansion after mansion - lined up side by side along the water. And the most beautiful colors. . .Oh to live in one!!



We toured this house below- 24,000 square feet and filled with museum quality art and collectibles (and they let my kids in there - who, by the way, have been trained well for these situations since birth and were very, very good)!

Ultimately we ended up in Maryland for my brother's 40th surprise birthday, but on the way home this weekend we stopped at Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson). Some amazing history there - if you ever have the opportunity you must go.

I'm still trying to get down out of the clouds, but there is work to be done (new kits coming on the first and new JBS products for early May)! Back to business as usual!!

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17 comments:

Robin said...

Wow! Sounds like a wonderful trip! You were even in my neighborhood! We are about an hour from Monticello. :) Great photos! TFS!

Patricia said...

Oh Savannah and Charleston are two of my favourite cities in the world! I can't wait to visit again...
Thank you for the pictures!

Frippery said...

Gorgeous! I've always wanted to visit Savannah, now I'll add Charleston to the list. Thanks for sharing you photos, Pam

amuffoletto said...

Wow sounds like an amazing trip. Love the pics. Did I here right more new stuff. Yaaayyyy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Jenni - I wish I would of known you were here. So much history to share. Next time you can have a tour by a native if you would like. In fact we took my niece and her friend (who were visiting from out of town) to Paula Deen's restaurant on that Friday before St. pats. It was so much fun.

Take care - from Savannah,
RobynS

TracieClaiborne said...

Oh you lucky duck! I loooovvve Charleston. Mike had a gig there once and we got to stay a couple of days and explore. Love it. I have always wanted to go to Savannah and also Monticello. I'm jealous!

Anne Alley said...

Sounds like a fabulous vacation!! My husband and I have dreamed of taking a vacation to those places for a long time. I'm glad you and your family had such a great time :)

Ginny said...

My husband bought a house in Savannah last year & will be retiring there soon. Savannah inspires me so much - there is always a scrapbook opportunity. I hope you found time to visit @Home. Even my husband says it's a jenni store.

Jeanneoli said...

I went to Savannah last fall for a girls weekend. We had so much fun and I would love to go back. I didn't make it to Charleston though. The pictures look incredible. We used to live in DC and loved seeing Monticello...I would love to take the kids back so they could see. Sounds like a perfect trip.

Jill said...

We were in Savannah over the summer. The historical district really is gorgeous, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

How fun for you! TFS. We were at Monticello last Spring on school field trip with son. It's beautiful there. LenaS

Susan said...

Beautiful pictures!

stephanie howell said...

theres a 1 out of 3 chance i'll be living in savannah in a year and a half or so. jimmy is scared i might spend all our money if we live there. heee!!
beautiful,
so glad you had fun.xo

debevans said...

I live in Savannah and I always find something new when I go downtown...so much detail in the buildings and things :)
St. Patrick's Day is a HUGE deal here...even our schools are out for the day...my family always loves to go to the Parade (it's really a fun thing!)

Jennifer said...

we went to savannah last year for our 10th anniversary (in may). it was incredible and I loved the city soooo much! glad you had fun!

lisaday said...

So jealous! Savannah is #1 on my places to visit list. I want to go so bad! Lucky you!

Mary W said...

I live in Charleston, wish we would have known you were coming to town!! :) Savannah is wonderful too! Glad you enjoyed your visits!!!

Mary W
Chas., SC