Friday, February 27, 2015

SUPER MUSEUM SUNDAY: SCAD MoA AND MORE

Continuing on with the rest of the museum visits, here are some photos from the Savannah History Museum, the SCAD Museum of Art and the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Below is a mural of Savannah right when you head into the Savannah History Museum.  The Railroad Museum and the Savannah Children's Museum are both connected to the History Museum as well, so it's nice to be able to see all three if you have the time.  It was also nice to put a bench to a memory as the Forrest Gump bench is kept there.  
Right around the corner from the History Museum is the SCAD Museum of Art.  As much as I complain about what SCAD does to traffic and how long I have to wait for coffee when they are in session, I can only say great things about what they put on display at the MoA.  The building itself is a pretty great display, if not a bit deceiving from the outside.  It is so much smaller than I would have thought! Either way, it was really awesome.  It was pretty packed so we really didn't get to see as much as we wanted, but I spent a good amount of time looking at everything done by Nari Ward.  It was all so intricate and crazy to think that he took all of this time to find the objects that he wanted to use and then turn them into something completely different.  I'm excited to go back and really get to check out the Oscar de la Renta exhibit in full when The Matriarch comes to visit. 

Nari Ward



Oscar de le Renta



In an alley between SCAD and the Telfair Academy

After SCAD, we headed over to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.  If you just want to go to one museum I would have to pick this one overall.  It's overwhelming how beautiful it is on the inside.  This one is deceiving in how large it really is when you get inside.  It's both a tour of the house and the artwork that is inside.  You have dining areas and lounges on display mixed with so many paintings and sculptures.  According to  their website, "In 1875, Alexander’s sister Mary – heir to the family fortune and last to bear the Telfair name – bequeathed the house and its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society to be opened as a museum. After significant renovation by German-born architect Detlef Lienau, whose adaptations included the addition of the Sculpture Gallery and the Rotunda, the building opened to the public in 1886 as the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences." In addition to Detlef sharing a name with Parks and Rec's favorite retired NBA basketball player, the man knew what he was doing with that renovation.  Another place that I will gladly pay to go back and spend more time in. 

And that's a wrap on Super Museum Sunday.  We did go to the Jepson Center for the Arts as well which puts us at our 9 locations for the day.  We really did have a blast and I think it is a great thing that the Georgia Historical Society puts together every year.  That's a great thing about Savannah.  It is a little city with big city aspirations.  You can always find something to do if you look for it, and if it costs you anything it won't be much.  Our fair city is pretty fair on the wallet as well.  
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

SUPER MUSEUM SUNDAY: JOGGING THROUGH ART, HISTORY, AND THE SEA

I know this is an extremely late post, and for that I am sorry.  I really am trying to get better at posting more often and I'm sure that one day I may come close to succeeding at that.  Until then, let's go back in time a couple weeks to when Wes and I decided to take part in Super Museum Sunday.
 For those of you not living in and around the Savannah area, Super Museum Sunday is a glorious day of free admission to all of the museums in town.  I'm assuming the "Super" is a play on the Super Bowl as it takes place around the same time every year.  
I had big dreams of hitting a crazy amount of places in the short 4 hour window that you have to check everything out.  I think I had a list of 26 places that I wanted to see.  On Saturday after showing my charts and maps to Wes, he explained that we should probably highlight the places we really wanted to go as 26 locations was a total pipe dream.  If I had done the math earlier, I would have come to the realization myself that a museum every 9.23 minutes including travel time was a bit unrealistic.  Regardless, after my dreams were shattered and then quickly put back together due to time constraints, we set out on our adventure.  
In total, we made it to nine locations.  I know, I know. You're thinking, "Louisa, that's pathetic.  I could have at least rounded out and gotten ten." And I will tell you, "Fine reader.  Do ten and see if I care.  My feet hurt!  I'll have you know I could have done ten but the museum around the corner from Flannery O'Connor's house locked their gate at 3:55!  There was nothing I could do to stop them."  First up, here are a few photos from the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Wormsloe Historic Site, and Flannery O'Connor's living room.  
 Ships of the Sea Museum courtyard
 A ship -gasp- at the Ships of the Sea Museum
 Lion fish at the UGA Aquarium
A contemplative seahorse at the aquarium
 A school of tiger-zebra hybrid fish at the aquarium (don't quote me on the name, but that's what they look like)
 The 'blue steel' turtle at the aquarium
 The view from the aquarium.  The low country really isn't that bad
A very inquisitive raccoon outside of the aquarium
 Wormsloe Historic Site

Flannery O'Connor's living room.  

We saw more, but like I said before it was 3:55 and we were rushing, there were attempts at taking pictures while running, but I will spare you.  I'll have a second post up later this week with the rest of what we got to check out that super Super Sunday.  If you're in the area, I really would suggest checking out some of the museums and historic places Savannah has on deck.  
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

LET'S EAT PT. 1 - SLY'S SLIDER'S AND FRIES

We decided to start the weekend of with a bit of a treat.  Wes and I had seen that Sly's Sliders and Fries had moved in around the corner from us recently and taking a look at what they have to offer we wanted to try it as soon as possible.  

Let me tell you, they didn't disappoint.  So many options at a pretty great price.  Just $3 a slider and $2 for fries.  You can load everything up just the way you like it.  The employees were really welcoming and the whole place had a very chill vibe.  And everyone knows chill vibes are important when enjoying a good meal.

What love really looks like.
I got The Boardwalk and the Banh U Banh Mi with an order of fries with their homemade garlic sauce.  The Boardwalk was your standard burger slider with ketchup, mustard, pickles, and bacon.  There was a bit of heat somewhere in there which was a really pleasant surprise.  The Banh U Banh Mi definitely stole the show though.  Tempura shrimp with pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber and a cilantro mayo.  I went without the cilantro as I've got that annoying pallet that makes cilantro taste like soap, but that sandwich was ridiculous!  I could probably eat 4 and make no complaints.  The fries were nice and fresh and there were more than enough to share.
Wes went with the Pain Don't Hurt and the Soprano with a side of fries with fresh jalapeños and cheese.  We shared a bit of everything we had.  His Soprano was seasoned really well with a massive helping of mozzarella.  The man loves cheese, so there were obviously zero complaints on that one.  The Pain Don't Hurt only hurt when the last bite was gone.  Perfectly cooked brisket, smoked jalapeño BBQ sauce, fried onion straws topped with pepper jack cheese.  I would say behind the Banh U Banh Mi that was the runner up.  Fresh jalapeños on the fries made them extra hot and extra delicious.  

Adding to the amazing taste of the food, the fact that it's an a la carte menu just makes it that much easier to swing by for a snack whenever the craving hits.  I can say without a doubt that we will be back - and soon.  Better yet, next time you decide you want to go, give me a call and I'll come with.  We can share fries, just stay away from my slider.



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Friday, February 13, 2015

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

If you live in Savannah you probably know that last Sunday was Super Museum Sunday in our fair city.  We love any excuse to staycate (that's a term now, right?) so we were really pumped to make a full day out of exploring the museums of our home at the low price of $0.00.  I spent plenty of time building an intricate minute by minute plan to get us into 24 museums in 4 hours and we decided to start down south with the Savannah Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center.
I will go further into the breakdown of how my feet couldn't actually handle 24 locations in 4 hours later, but for now I thought I would show you some of my favorite shots from the Canal.  
If you're in the area I've got to tell you to go.  It's not a crazy hike, just a very mellow walking trail that has some pretty spectacular nature to enjoy.  I also spotted some fresh salty oysters and shrimp being sold from someone's house and if you're anything like me that's reason enough to make the trip down 95.



 I take pride in the fact that I even took this picture.  It's not particularly special, but there was a family of skinks running around on this birdhouse.  Ask my mother, other than her wrath there is nothing that scares me more than skinks.  Wes was quick to point out that they could do me zero harm from such a distance but let's be honest, he is insane and skinks are the most terrifying thing ever.

   



The canal meets the Ogeechee River.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

THE WRITING'S ON THE WALLS PT. 3

As promised, here is the final (for now) installment of The Writing's On The Walls.  Let me know of any murals, paintings, or any other spots that I have missed out on for next time!  Hope you enjoy.
 Montgomery Hall
Indian Street Warehouse
Randy's BBQ
Randy's BBQ
Whole Foods, Victory Drive
Kayak Kafe, Paulson Street
Intersection of Henry and Drayton Streets
Back Alley, Downtown
East Broad Street Barbershop
Barnard Street north of Henry
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