Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Savannah Churches

This is a continuation of a travel series to Savannah, Georgia.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, go HERE.  The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE,  HERE,  HERE, and HERE.

Savannah is known for it's beautiful historic architecture:  homes, government buildings, businesses, and churches.  We saw so many beautiful historic churches during our four day stay in Savannah that I wanted to do a separate post just on these churches alone.

The most famous church in Savannah and one of the top tourist attractions is St. John The Baptist Cathedral.  If you ever get to Savannah, this is a must see!  I have seen many beautiful Catholic churches in America and Europe, but this by far was perhaps the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.  

The church is still used for worship so there is no admission charge to go inside although there is a donation box. We had to wait for an afternoon mass to end before we could go inside.  They do allow photography.

I was so awestruck by the intricate beauty of this church:  the stained glass windows, the intricate moldings, marble columns, and ceiling are all jaw dropping!

 The architectural style of St. John's The Baptist is French Gothic.

 This is the exterior front door to the Cathedral.  I could not believe the size of them.

But St. John The Baptist Cathedral was not the only jaw-dropping church in town.  Every neighborhood had a beautiful church.  All are open to the public but unfortunately we weren't able to go inside any of them other than the Jewish Temple because their visiting hours are limited.  That didn't stop us from enjoying the outside of the buildings Here are some of my favorites:

Wesley Monumental Methodist Church

This is Savannah's first Methodist church established in 1807. The offer tours every Friday at 10:00 a.m.  Unfortunately, we were not in Savannah on a Friday, so we missed the tour.

                            First Congregational United Church of Christ

Established in 1869, I loved this little white church.  It was located in a quiet neighborhood, across the street from Whitefield Square.  I love how the white brick stood out from the blue sky.  Such a beautiful, sweet building.

                              St. John's Episcopal Church

This Episcopalian church was formed in 1841.  The Gothic Revival style building was consecrated in 1853.  An interesting fact about this church is that it has a ship's mast located inside it's only spire.

The church is known for it's beautiful sounding chimes and stained glass windows depicting scenes from the New Testament.

The church is located next to the historic Green Meldrim House.

                                    First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church is Savannah's oldest standing house of worship.  The congregation was established in 1800 and the first cornerstone of the church was laid in 1831 and the building was completed in 1833.  The architectural style is Greek Revival.  It is located across from one of Savannah's more famous squares:  Chippewa Square.  It was in Chippewa Square where Forrest Gump sat on the "bench".

If you'd like to tour this church, you can call the church office and someone will schedule a tour for you.

                                                 Beth Eden Baptist Church

My husband thought I was nuts because I wanted a picture of this church as it was so insignificant to him in comparison to the other monumental architectural marvels of some of the other Savannah churches.  But there was something about this neo-Gothic style church that drew me in.  Even though it's roof was crumbling in disarray I found it so charming.  I loved it's small size and the red brick.

Formed in 1889, Beth Eden traces it's lines to the First African  Baptist Church, the oldest black church in Savannah.

                                   Lutheran Church of the Ascension

This church combines both Norman and Gothic Styles and was completed in 1879.  The sanctuary has a stunning Ascension window and stained glass windows that shows scenes of the life of Jesus.  There is also a marble alter that shows depicts da 'Vinci's "Last Supper".   It is open Monday - Saturday 9:00 to 2:00.

I loved the color of the facade of this church.  The moldings and octagon shaped steeples were also so interesting.

                          Independent Presbyterian Church

This church was formed in 1755 but the original structure was completely destroyed in a fire.  In 1891 the church was replaced by an exact duplicate.

It is open for tours every Friday from 9:00 to 1:00 pm.


                                            Christ Church

 In 1838, Christ Church was set aside by General James Oglethorpe as the colony's first church.  It's architectural style is Greek Revival.  This is the fourth church built on this site.

Temple Mickve Israel

And finally, there are more than just Christian churches in historic Savannah, there is also a Jewish Temple.  My husband was so excited to visit this temple, but unfortunately they were under construction when we were there.  Although tours were still available at $5.00 a ticket, we did not think it was worth it when there was scaffolding and drop cloths in the sanctuary.  They did allow us to peek in the sanctuary doors and it was breath-taking, scaffolding and all!

The temple also houses a museum and features two of the oldest scrolls of the Torah in North America.

This temple is the only purely Gothic revival synagogue in the United States.  It is the third oldest Jewish congregation in the US and the oldest in the South.  It was founded in 1733 but this building was consecrated in 1841.

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There were so many beautiful, amazing churches in Savannah with a fascinating history but I can't possibly feature them all.  If you love history and you love architecture you will love visiting this city.

Have a Great Day! Amy

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Monday, June 18, 2018

White and Black With A Pop of Gingham: Stitch Fix #17

I received this gorgeous white lace top in my last Fix, Stitch Fix Box #17.  I must admit when I first opened the box and saw the top, I did not think I was going to keep it.  My initial reaction was that it was too old or formal for me.  But yet again, just like in previous Fixes, it was my husband who encouraged me to keep the top.  He thought it would be "really classy with a pair of black pants and heels for a more dressy occasion".  So I took his suggestion and styled the pants with some black skinny ankle pants and black wedges.  Once I saw the photographs, I realized how right he was (Again!) and I kept the top.  I'm starting to think my husband is a better fashion stylist than I am. 🤣  Which is really funny if you met my hubby cause he's a very masculine man who doesn't wear anything but jeans and t-shirts himself.  I think his fashion wisdom comes from years of being my personal photographer.  He just knows what looks good on me!

The top is a Calvin Klein Suit Separate and is called Haesel Lace Detail Bell Sleeve Blouse.

A lot of you have mentioned how much you like the "scarves" I wear in my hair.  They are actually fabric headbands.  It's all the rage right now to tie a scarf in your hair, but I find the fabric headbands so much easier to deal with.  They don't loosen or move throughout the day like a scarf does.  I have probably a dozen different fabric headbands that I picked up for $1 or $2 at Forever 21 on clearance a few years ago.  They were really back in style back then, now they are not, but scarves are.  But no one can seem to tell that I'm not wearing a scarf, but a headband, so what difference does it make?  I love to wear them in the summer to get my hair off my face and neck.

I absolutely love this top for many reasons. First,  I love white.  Why?  It goes with anything!  It's always clean, fresh, and crisp looking.  Second, the front of the top has two really pretty lace panels.  Third, the bell sleeves!  Aren't they pretty?  And, the sleeves aren't too long so they don't get in my way.  And finally, the fluidity and shape of the top:  I love how it is loose, but not too boxy.  The fabric flows and hangs beautifully.

The sleeves just add so much to the beauty of this top.  I don't think this top would be as pretty without these lovely bell sleeves.

Here you can see how beautifully the top flows as it blows in the breeze.

The back of the top has a keyhole opening with a gold button.  It is solid in the back.  Only the front has lace on it.

Here is a close up of the lace panels.  I wore a coordinating earring necklace set by Liz Claiborne (old).

I carried my gingham cross body bag (also by Liz Claiborne, sold-out, similar HERE).  I just bought it this season, but I couldn't find it anymore on-line.  Gingham is so hot, hot, hot right now!  I haven't purchased any gingham clothing yet, but I enjoy bringing the trend in with accessories like this.

I wore three silver bracelets to coordinate with my silver earrings and necklace.

I have worn this top once already:  to church!  It was a cooler day, so it was the perfect time to wear it.  Only this time I styled it with a pair of hot pink sliders to add more color to the outfit.  

This is an Instagram Story Picture.  If I'm leaving the house that day, I always post what I'm currently wearing in my InstaStories.

The shoes look kinda funny in the picture above, so I snagged this picture on-line for you.   They are called Worthington Freemont Women's Mules and are still available at JCPenney.  They come in several different colors, including gingham.  Hmmm, I wonder if I need another pair? 

If you missed Friday's Fashion Post,  I shared another item from this Fix that I kept:  Red Pants!  Check back for future fashion posts every Monday and Friday to see what I kept and what I returned from Stitch Fix #17!

Have  a Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Stitch Fix #17: I Got My Red Pants!

I am so excited to start a new Stitch Fix box review because I got my wish:  a pair of red pants!  If you read my review of my last Fix,  I asked for red pants and received a burnt orange pair of capris instead.  I really wanted a cherry red pair of ankle pants, so I sent them back.  I'm glad I did, because my stylist was able to find the perfect pair for me for my seventeenth Fix.

The pants are by Kut From The Kloth and are called the "Candace Split Hem Skinny Jean".

For photography purposes only,  I styled the pants with an old choker top from a.n.a from JCPenney.  I carried a black Liz Claiborne tote,  and completed the red theme with a red and silver bracelet and red shoes.

The pants fit pretty well.  I was worried that were a hair too big for me (as they are a stretch denim) but hubby didn't think so and didn't want me to request a smaller size.  And after looking at the washing instructions, they most likely will shrink a bit so it's probably good they are a bit loose.

My top went perfect with the pants for the red in the flowers matched the red in the pants very well.

My shoes are new this season.  I bought them at JCP for only $20.00 (plus coupon) but even though they have a chunky heel I find them a bit difficult to walk in.  I think it's because of the heel height.  The red in the shoes was almost an identical match with the red in the pants.  Wearing shoes the same color as my pants elongated my legs.  My husband loves the shoes, and wishes I would wear them more often.  So do I, but I can only wear them on days I know I won't be walking too much.

The shoes are by Worthington and are called Beckwith Women's Heeled Sandals.  They come in many different colors and patterns.

I am absolutely thrilled with my new red pants and I can't wait to wear them!  It's a great color for all seasons!  I'm also anxious to show you the rest of my Fix in my fashion posts to come, because it was a really great Fix:  I kept three things!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Savannah Day 2, Part 3, The Pirates House

This is a continuation of a travel series to Savannah, Georgia.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, go HERE.  The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE,  HERE, and HERE..

When I was planning our trip to Savannah, everyone kept telling me about all the amazing restaurants in the city.  I kept a list of these restaurants and I did find some of them and ate at two of them, but most of the time we really struggled with finding a good place to eat.  One of the reasons was that a lot of the recommendations were for hoity-toity places we weren't interested in.  One of my favorite quotes from the late great Anthony Bourdain was "I feel like an orangutan stuffed into a tuxedo in places like this".  He was referring to a fancy, formal, upscale restaurant.  My husband and I feel the exact same way.  We just can't enjoy ourselves and we really have issues spending that amount of money on food.  

Another reason we found finding a place to eat difficult was that we were always in the wrong place at the wrong time!  Often there was not a restaurant nearby where we currently were when we were hungry or it was only open for breakfast/lunch and closed for dinner and vise versa.  We just had a lot of bad luck!

Well one place mentioned on our trolley tour and that my husband read about in a travel brochure was The Pirates House.  He thought it sounded like a lot of fun so we went there.  

The Pirates House has a long history in Savannah.  It sits on the original site of General Oglethorpe's Trustee's Garden established in 1773.  An Herb House was erected in 1734 to house the gardener.  It is still there and is actually a part of the restaurant.  It is considered the oldest house in Savannah.

We were there after the lunch crowd, late in the afternoon before the dinner crowd, so we almost had the whole place to ourselves.   It was really nice for taking photographs!

When you first enter, you are greeted by a hostess in period Pirate costume!

 The Old Pirate House was first opened in 1753,  long after the garden was gone.  It served as an inn for seafarers and eventually became a hot spot for pirates and sailors!  A lot of folklore surrounds this place.  It is said that men were kidnapped here to be used as workers on ships.  They were kidnapped by using a tunnel from the old rum cellar that led to the river.  The most famous story involves a Savannah policeman. Legend has it he stopped for a drink and awoke on a ship sailing to China.  It took him two years to make his way back to Savannah.

The Pirates House is a great place to stop and eat because you get to tour a famous architectural spot in Savannah and learn more about it's history without paying an admission fee...just the cost of food!

The building has been carefully preserved through the years.  In the Captain's Room, the ceilings are hand hewn logs joined with wooden pegs.  The Herb House still has the original brick walls and heart pine floors.

The restaurant is a complex mix of buildings all connected to each other.  You are free to walk around and read all the history and take pictures.  The employees also are very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have about the Pirates House history.

I really liked the Herb House.  I loved that people could eat inside here!  It was like they had their own private room.

So much of the original house remains intact.  The only difference, is that there are tables and chairs set up for restaurant guests.  The second floor however was closed to the public.

 Well, by now your probably wondering about the food.  We didn't like it,  haha!  But, please, don't let that discourage you from going because we loved our experience there.  We think we just ordered the wrong items.  That happens sometimes when you try a restaurant you're not familiar with.  My husband ordered Chicken Tenders with Fries.  I had a salad which was recommended to me by the waitress.  I didn't like it because it was SO SWEET!  I felt like I was eating a bowl of sugar.  The dressing was sweet, then it had tangerines in it, even the nuts were covered in a sugary coating.  If there is anything I've learned about the south is that they love sugar.  Here in the north, we just don't eat or drink everything with so much sugar in it.  I wonder if it has anything to do with where sugar cane grows?

 If you believe in ghosts or are interested in ghost stories, the Old Pirate House is considered one of the most haunted places in Savannah.  One ghost story involves The Herb House.  When a customer mentioned to his server that he did not believe in ghosts, his pie left his plate all on it's own, traveled across the room and smashed against the wall.  People also have seen cloudy images in their pictures taken at the Pirate House.  Now did we see any ghosts or feel any strange presence when we there? Nope.  But, we are not believers in that stuff.  We believe there are angels and demons.  When someone dies, they go to heaven or hell.  There is no such thing as ghosts and we saw nor felt anything out of the ordinary.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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