Mystical Savannah

Growing up in a place known to be inhabited by Aswangs (a vampire-like mythical creature in Filipino folklore and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories), paranormal excursions is a welcome treat despite being faint-hearted. I am a “to see is to believe” type but somehow, ghosts is an exception.

I was a little skeptical when one of our companion suggested the ghost tour activity but we didn’t have anything planned after dinner, so we went back to the city. Savannah is different at night. The historical homes look menacing compared to the friendly pieces of photography at day time. As a child, I was told that in order not to see things you don’t want to see, avoid looking into people’s windows, dark alleys and tree tops. And being stubborn, it has always been my fascination to do things I’m told not to.

Savannah at night

Super old cemetery!
Super old cemetery!
Oglethorpe Mansion. The guide warns that most people whose brave enough to take pictures here almost always find some peculiarity in the pictures. Oh well...
Oglethorpe Mansion. The guide warns that most people whose brave enough to take pictures here almost always find some peculiarity in the pictures. Oh well…
On the way to more haunted spots in the city...
On the way to more haunted spots in the city…
Vintage cinema!
Vintage cinema!
Old and haunted...
Old and haunted…
Tour details...
Tour details…
Tomochichi's!
Tomochichi’s!
You thought they are the same...didn't you?
You thought they are the same…didn’t you?

But stubbornly looking at windows, dark alleys and tree tops in Savannah was no different than my home town, I haven’t seen anything I am not supposed to see. If I did, it would have been my first. ­čÖé

The ghost guide is jolly. Scary stories that is supposed to scare makes me laugh instead. He brought us to most visited haunted spots in the city. In every place, we were told of it’s scary tales. He warned about pictures in Oglethorpe mansion but instead of being scared, it makes me itch to have my picture taken there. Because he seemed in a hurry, I didn’t have pictures in all spots. I lost the chance to capture real ghost in my camera, if ever they really exist.

Enjoying the night

At the park...
At the park…
Tomochichi's gravestone
Tomochichi’s gravestone
The haunted Oglethorpe mansion!
The haunted Oglethorpe mansion!
Tourist and our guide!
Tourist and our guide!
Colonial Park Cemetery (an early graveyard dating back to the English colony of Georgia)
Colonial Park Cemetery (an early graveyard dating back to the English colony of Georgia)

Savannah at night is just as beautiful at day time. The dark gives it a whole new glow. It was almost midnight after our ghost tour but the streets are still busy. I may not have a ghostly experience but seeing the city in a different light was just as memorable.

Historical Savannah

If not for the company sponsored trip to the US last April 2013, I would have been traveling to another province in the Philippines for my 3rd birthday trip. So when I was invited for a trip to Savannah on the weekend of my 27th birthday, I agreed without 2nd thoughts. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia which is known to attract millions of visitors for its city’s architecture and historic buildings. Because of its old age, the city is┬ábelieved┬áto be haunted. Ghost and paranormal tours are considered a must experience.

It was an overnight escapade. Left Atlanta on a hired car early by Saturday. Reached Savannah around lunch time and proceeded to the historical tour right away on a guided tour bus. And since I easily get bored listening to histories, I busied myself taking snaps of the historical homes and architectures.

Historical homes

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It amazed me how the buildings seem to have it’s own allure despite the monotonous color combination of white,orange and black. Each architecture is different. I couldn’t even picked a favorite. Every home is totally unique. The guide related that most homes are renovated in closest state to it’s original. And unfortunately, most are only restored on the outside. Touring inside the house is highly┬ádiscouraged.

Parks and views

Aside from the grandiose homes, there are a number of sights in the city. After the tour we had lunch at the city market then continued roaming around the city. At night we went on a ghost tour (story next post: Mystical Savannah). The next day, after attending the mass, we spent the remaining time on the Sunday walking around, taking our time on cam-whoring (story next next post: More Of Savannah).

Top, Right: Getting ready for the tour. Bottom, Right: On the tour bus
Top, Right: Getting ready for the tour. Bottom, Right: On the tour bus
Late lunch at city market after the tour.
Late lunch at city market after the tour.
Wandering around Savannah's baywalk after lunch!
Wandering around Savannah’s baywalk after lunch!
Wandering around Savannah's baywalk after lunch!
Wandering around Savannah’s baywalk after lunch!
Park hopping and photo ops!
Park hopping and photo ops!
Park hopping and photo ops!
Park hopping and photo ops!