Madeline and I got back late yesterday from our trip to Savannah. We left on Friday, and were checked in at the hotel by 5 pm. We immediately headed out to walk around the city a bit. I’d never been to Savannah before and it is a lovely, charming city. We stayed in the historic district in walking distance of SCAD– Savannah College of Art and Design.
The first square we saw was lovely Pulaski Square, which has beautiful live oaks spreading their crowns to make a canopy over the square. The trees are old and absolutely fascinating, with their big trunks and wavy, twisty limbs. We walked on to Madison Square, where SCAD was already setting up for SCAD Day on Saturday. We walked around a bit, then headed back to the hotel, rested a bit, and headed out for dinner at Sakura on Broughton Street, which was very reasonably priced and very good. We wandered around the city after dinner, but we were tired and needed to get up early so we headed back to the hotel early and went to bed.
Saturday morning, after a dreadful and rather pricey breakfast at the hotel, we headed down to Madison Square to check in. There was quite a crowd there, we were a little surprised and it made Madeline nervous to see so many people wanting to go to the same school. After the welcome, we met with an admissions counselor, then we toured the department she is interested in (sequential art). The tour was great, we had an excellent professor giving it and the other parents and students had excellent questions that I never thought of but was glad to hear the answer to. After a very nice lunch we toured the residence halls, then Madeline was ready to call it a day.
After a nice rest at the hotel, we headed to Leopold’s for ice cream, which was delicious. Then we wandered down to River Street, which we did not care for. We enjoyed seeing the river, but it was late afternoon and the bar crowd was starting to arrive. None of the restaurants caught our fancy so we went back to the hotel, rested some more, then went to the Mellow Mushroom for pizza– it was quite good. Then back to the hotel and off to bed– we were tired!
Sunday morning we went to breakfast at J. Christopher’s, very busy but good. Then we headed to 10:00 Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Cathedral is tall and magnificent, and the Mass was beautifully done. It was fun to be in a large church that was full, and was all ages– a nice experience for Madeline! We spent the rest of the day exploring– we gave River St. another chance but didn’t like it any better by day, just too touristy for us. We also walked through City Market and felt the same way about it, though we very much enjoyed our lunch at Vinnie Van GoGo’s, which is a very cool place. Dinner we tried Sakura again but were a little disappointed this time, it was not quite as good as Friday’s dinner had been. After more walking and exploring we went back to the hotel, and off to bed.
Our trip home was uneventful. We enjoyed Savannah, and Madeline feels she could be quite happy at SCAD. Now we just need to see if she can get accepted, and what kind of financial aid they offer.