Chapitre 15: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA

It was hot, yet it was Mars…

Orleans Square

Orleans Square

So, I left my winter coat at the hôtel.

I was in paradis: there was no snow, no bitter cold wind, and no thick sweaters!

This was how Mars should be…

This wasn’t my first time in Savannah, Ga (see: Chapitre 2: An Encounter Célèbre in Savannah, GA) , but it was my first time celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in the Spanish Moss Kingdom.

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is quite the green party, which makes sense since green has become the emblem of St. Patrick’s Day.

The couleur green being Everywhere is welcomed with a parade simple honoring Irlande and St. Patrick.

5 Raisons to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah:

  • Green water in the fontaines!

    Forsyth Park FountainInspirée by the fontaine at Place de la Concorde in Paris.

    The water in most of the fontaines is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day.

    The German Memorial Fountain in Orleans Square

  • River Street.

River Street is one big party! Though the bull riding costs money, the party-itself is free!

  • Guinness outside of the bar & on the street! As long as your alcoholic beverage is in a plastic cup, you can drink it on the street!
  • Free necklaces. Sure, a lot of cities offrent free necklaces during the St. Patrick’s Day parade; however, there’s no better way to catch a free necklace than hanging out at the same arrêt de bus that was in Forest Gump.
  • Pirates! Take a step back in time: Patrick (before he became a Saint) was captured by pirates and then taken to Irlande. So, there’s no better way to honor the Saint than drinking a Guinness next to some pirates…or grabbing some good ol’ southern food at Pirate House Restaurant.

Either way, you’re sure to have a good time!

Savannah is the ville parfaite when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; however, St. Patrick’s Day is definitely not the only raison to visite this belle ville.

En fait, Savannah offre many sites historiques intéressantes such as:

 

   

The grave of Button Gwinnett, the Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence & the President of Georgia.

 

Just to name a few… Obviously, there’s plenty more!

So, if you find yourself in Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget to embrace All of Savannah and not just All of the Guinness in your plastic cup (why not enjoy both at the same time!). ♦


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine.

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Chapitre 2: An Encounter Célèbre in Savannah, GA

It’s common knowledge that Los Angeles and New York host some of the most célébrités connues in the world; however, there’s another city – tucked away among the marshes and in between the alligators and swamp flies – that also screams: célébrités. This humid, célébrités infested city is called Savannah, Georgia.

The city is most known for its appearance in Forest Gump; however, it is also known for good, southern food as a result of 2 cooking shows célèbres on The Food Network, thanks to Paula Dean. 

Paula Dean is known as the Queen of Southern Cuisine (read her bio here).

In 1996, she opened her own restaurant, The Lady & Sons. Due to the popularité and succès of the Lady & Sons, in 2003, she moved The Lady & Sons to a larger building.

To dine at this southern-food paradis, you have to call ahead. Walk-ins are accepté; however, you won’t be seated immediately. En fait, the wait is usually a minimum of 1.5 hours (and rightfully so!).

5 Raisons to Make a Réservation at The Lady & Son’s in Savannah:

  • It’s southern cooking at its finest! 

Fried green tomatoes.

  • The serveurs greet everyone with good ol’ southern hospitalité. Even those walk-in patrons who become antsy as they wait for their names to be called.
  • There’s a buffet full of delicious, southern cuisine. Of course, there’s a menu full of entrées, plats principaux, and desserts…

Photo courtesy of B. Massett.

…but the buffet tops it all! I had the luxury of filling my stomach full (too full) of green beans, macaroni & cheese, southern boiled potatoes, fried chicken, and so much more at the buffet.

  • You’re sure to run into a célébrité. Whether it’s Paula Dean or one (or both) of her sons (they’re known to stop by the restaurant) or even a célébrité dining at the restaurant, you’re sure to run into someone!

  • They serve sirop with cornbread! There’s no better way to start a meal than with cornbread and some maple sirop!

Apparemment, old-fashioned southern cornbread looks like northern pancakes.

If you ever find yourself in Savannah, be sure to make a réservation for some good, old-fashioned southern grub at The Lady & Sons. ♦


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine.