May 13: Savannah Smiles (Or I Gotta Go Now!)

Friday was our last full day of vacation and we wanted to go back to Savannah to see in depth some areas that we had missed.  We came up with several different plans for what we might do.  Finally, we decided to head to the Crystal Beer Parlor for lunch, visit St. John's Cathedral, walk around town, and head to Leopold's for ice cream.  Crystal Beer Parlor came highly recommended to us by the people at Old Savannah Tours and on several websites.  We liked that they had a huge beer selection for those wishing to drink and a varied menu for all of our different palates.  The decor was pretty cool, too, as it was one of Savannah's oldest running restaraunts.  Dad and Mike got to enjoy several different local beers.  The food was amazing and our orders were diverse, including a club sandwich, Greek tacos, a meatloaf burger, crab cake sandwich, burger, and shrimp blt wrap.  Mom and I really loved the tangy coleslaw, too.  Another fun fact about Savannah is that you can walk around town with alcohol as long as it is in a cup.  So, several members of our party opted to try that out.

 Beer Menu

Beer Menu

 Club Sandwich

Club Sandwich

 Meatloaf Burger

Meatloaf Burger

From Crystal Beer Parlor, we headed to St. John's Cathedral.  It was a beautiful church both in and outside.  We were headed to a cemetery next when disaster struck.  Several members of our party who had enjoyed the to go drinks, now needed to use the restroom.  Savannah has lots of cool things to look at, but not a ton of public restrooms.  We split into 3 teams on our search for a bathroom/the cemetery.  Mom and Mike decided to head towards the cemetery, as they didn't have to use the restroom.  Dad and I were heading back to the visitor center, as we were in the need to go, but not emergency level.  Katie and Aaron were making mad dashes inside any building where they thought they could go.  After our separation, we eventually all made it back together and headed over to Leopold's, a famous ice cream spot, for an afternoon treat.  We made it at the perfect time, as we had to wait in line a little bit, but as we were leaving the line got intense.  Our ice cream was delicious and perfect treat for what was shaping up to be a very hot and humid day.  After ice cream, we were done, so we walked back to the car, stopping back (for Dad and I) by Savannah Coffee Roasters for some iced coffee.

 St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral

 Inside St. John's Cathedral

Inside St. John's Cathedral

 Fountain in Lafayette Square

Fountain in Lafayette Square

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When we got back to the condo, we were in pack mode.  We had to make sure everything fit in the suitcases and was going home with the right people.  No trip is complete without a commemorative shirt, so the parents and I headed out to a few of the bigger souvenir shops on the island to see what we might find.  While not as amusing as my souvenir shopping last year with them, we found what we were looking for and headed home for dinner.  Katie and Aaron had cooked some chicken in the crockpot earlier in the week and it was perfect for Friday, along with the leftovers.  People used the chicken as part of a salad, tacos, sandwiches, and nachos.   

 Eaten alive at Waves

Eaten alive at Waves

After dinner, we decided to head back to the turtle pond to feed the turtles our leftover lettuce.  It was so funny to watch them swim to the pieces of lettuce and step on each other to get it.  We also took the opportunity to enjoy one more sunset before we had to separate to go home.  We posed for the required beach shots and Mom did a great job not going overboard.   

 Turtles! 

Turtles! 

 Feeding Turtles

Feeding Turtles

 "Here, turtle!" 

"Here, turtle!" 

 He likes me

He likes me

 The Kids

The Kids

 Bye Beach! 

Bye Beach! 

Our evening ended with more games and laughter.  It was the perfect ending to a great day!