What do you do when school is out for the week? The answer is: a day trip to Savannah! This will be the first time to have all my gals in Savannah and I am super excited. My oldest daughter and grands have never visited this historic city so Mimi is going to make it happen!
While Savannah is a fantastic city to explore, there is another reason for our visit. My youngest daughter lives and works in historic downtown Savannah. I can’t wait to stop by her apartment, visit with her very chatty cat Lina and see her at work.
It is such a different lifestyle than our suburban neighborhood and I know the grands are going to be so surprised with urban living. I am thrilled that they will get the opportunity to see and experience something different. These are the kinds of experiences that expand our world view and broaden the boundaries of our hopes and dreams.
I do not recommend going to Savannah without a plan and of course, I have one. Getting to Victoria’s apartment is no problem, but parking in the city is a different story. I have already mapped out three parking garages and since we are going during the week, there should be spaces available.
If you detected a little “parking anxiety”, then you are correct! It’s one of my “quirks”. I totally get stressed out about finding parking and yes, I will be sure to take my “meds” with me! Also, my little people will tire out quickly, so strategic parking is key!
Once we leave the car, we walk a block to Broughton Street and then the fun begins! I have plotted out the stores we must visit and of course we’ll drop in any others that seem interesting.
Next stop is likely to grab some sandwiches and meet “Aunt Tata” in one of the town squares near her work for lunch together. Resting, visiting and soaking in the beauty of these green spaces will be a boost for our souls.
Our last two stops will be Paris Market and then ice cream. I mean you can’t come to Savannah and not go to Paris Market – that would just be wrong and it’s my favorite shop! Little girls love ice cream, so Mimi will not disappoint.
Best Laid Plans …
My plan was a good one, however, what actually took place was slightly different. We left from Florence right on time and travel to Savannah happened without a hitch!
The drive through the city to my daughter’s apartment was very exciting. Everyone was taking in the sights and the architecture. The colorful row houses were the little girls’ favorites. After parking at the apartment, we took a few pics outside to mark the moment, then went inside.
Lina (the cat) was super excited to see us and had quite the conversation while everyone got their “pats” in. After a we had a bathroom break and tiny rest, off to the downtown area we went. I had my parking garage plan in hand and the address plugged into the GPS. All was well until we hit road construction!
My GPS doesn’t pick up road construction and I couldn’t turn on the correct street. Savannah is basically a grid but there are many one way streets and some weird crossings and you have to make quick decisions. I decided to attempt to go around the block but only hit more construction and the GPS did not have enough time to reroute. My parking fears were kicking in!
As I continued to try to find a way back, suddenly, right before our eyes, like a miracle from Heaven, stood a public parking garage. The entrance was facing us from the right, however, it was on a one way street going the opposite direction so ….. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I did what any Mimi would do in this situation. Looking in all directions for safety, I whipped my car (going the wrong direction) right into the entrance! It was only a few feet of driving and thankfully, I didn’t get caught. My granddaughters now call me a lawbreaker! I would prefer “Make it Happen Mimi” instead!
Since this was not our planned stop, I had no idea where we were. My daughter suggested we take pictures of where we parked and the name of the garage. She’s brilliant. Upon exiting on foot, I looked left and saw Broughton Street. Panic subsided and we were back on track just at the opposite end of the street.
Shopping immediately ensued and the energy of the city put smiles and excitement on our faces. We made sensible purchases so we could travel light and walked on the shady side of the street. The girls loved the boutique shops, the gorgeous architecture and of course all the dogs walking with their owners in this “dog friendly” city.
We stopped in the store where my youngest daughter works and after hugs and a tour, headed out to get the “littles” some kid food. Hamburgers, nuggets and fries refueled the gang. After a brief rest, we headed to another shop to get “big girl” sandwiches for the adults and have lunch with Aunt Tata.
Benches were secured in Telfair Square where everyone enjoyed the beautiful landscaping, cool walking paths and just being together. If only I could make this moment last longer! All my gals in Savannah, enjoying life, made my heart explode with joy!
Well, Aunt Tata’s lunch break had to end and we had two more stops, so onward we went. Paris Market was in our sights. I think my daughter held her breath with anticipation as we entered. Next sounds heard were “oh my goodness … I think I’m never leaving!”
You see, before the grands came along, we all went to France and Paris was one of our stops. Both of my daughters took French in high school and we have a love of all things French. This store is nothing short of spectacular. With coffees, wines, pastries and two floors of hand crafted jewelry, textiles, soaps, perfumes, candles, crystal, china and silver home goods it’s almost overwhelming but in a good way!
Our group walked every inch of the store, touched everything in the store and settled on purchasing a few items. The favorite of the day was hand made soaps from France. They are almost too pretty to use. Saying goodbye to all things French was hard, but ice cream was next!
This is where things went bad! As we approached the ice cream shop, which happened to be near the parking garage, there was a line wrapping around the street. It was way too long to wait, so disappointedly, we headed back to the car. This was the one thing I couldn’t make happen. But…..there’s always a next time!!
My first day-trip with all my gals in Savannah was a success. It was such a joy to see the look of wonder in my granddaughters’ eyes. Watching them experience this amazing city for the first time is now a treasured memory.
Of course, there is way too much to experience in just one day, so, I am already thinking about trip number two. Who knows, maybe the next one will be an overnight trip. Anyway, this Mimi’s heart is full having all my gals in Savannah; even if it was only for a few hours!