Monday, April 7, 2025

In Which I Tell You How to Find Things on This Website

I thought it might help my readers to have clear, easy to read links showing them all the places I have written about and my favorite things to do in each place.

After careful consideration, I have decided that the perfect tourist day for me would be the following:

(Ideally somewhere local because trying out different breakfast traditions is the best.)
Museum(Best when you are bright and alert!)
Lunch(Something along the sandwich/salad/soup spectrum so there's room for dinner)
Exploring(This can be a walking tour or on your own. You could also see a second museum here if the first museum is small.)
Sitting (At a cafĂ© or bar with friends or somewhere charming to read on your own. At this point in the day you will need to relax.)
Dinner(Preferably a proper three course meal, but in some places something more casual might be more to your needs.)
Entertainment(For me this would be theater, movies, concerts, pretty much anything but mimes because they scare me.)

Therefore I have classified each place I've reviewed according to the above seven categories. You may wonder why I have chosen to put some places in one category and not another. I wonder that myself! A woman's heart is an ocean of secrets. Similarly I categorize restaurants according to Lunch or Dinner based on whether or not I think it would be better to have a large meal or a small meal there. Of course, you are free to do whatever you wish! And now, without further ado, are:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In Which I Meet The Green Fairy And Become A Real Girl

SG's Guide to the French Quarter, Part Two

I had learned about my hotel from an article in Time Out New York about New Orleans. This article suggested various awesome and food-related things to do in the city that were a little off the beaten track. My hotel made the list because of the attached bar/convenience store but so did the vaguely notorious Absinthe Museum. After leaving the convent, I realized that I was just around the corner from the Absinthe Museum and now would be a good time to check it out.

Monday, May 25, 2015

In Which I Cross the Champs Elysees And The Thin Blue Line

SG's Guide to the French Quarter, Part One

I strolled along Royal St and watched the numbers on the doors get smaller as I headed for the Quarter. Ironically, as I headed closer to the evocatively named Elysian Fields Avenue, the dividing line that separates the Marigny from the Quarter, the houses got uglier and more depressing.

In Which I Eat the Ghost of a Pie

SG's Guide to Going to New Orleans

You Shouldn't Go to New Orleans in July if You Have a Cold

The next morning, I had to get up at 6 to make my flight to New Orleans and as soon as I hit my alarm, I felt a familiar and hateful sensation in my throat. I was coming down with a cold. I cannot think of a more loathsome place to have a cold than New Orleans in July. In summer NOLA is hot and muggy and humid and awesome, and I just wanted to roam about and have fun in one of my favorite places in the world. I fervently prayed that this wasn’t a cold, just a reaction to getting up so early, but in my heart I knew that this was nothing more than the vain wish of the desperate.

In Which I Am Like A Serial Killer And Show You My Trophies

One advantage of traveling is that you get to see how people do the same thing all over the world. It's amazing to see how many different varieties there can be of the humble sandwich or the (hopefully) dependable bridge. That is why I have decided to start a series called "....Of The World" to show how many variations on a theme the world can contain.

I decided to start with Earrings of the World. This is so I can share my advice on collecting with you. Also because it is very easy for me to photograph my earring collection. Here is my best piece of advice:

You Should Collect Only One Thing

This way your house will not be overrun with tchotchkes. I chose earrings because they are pretty and useful and you can find them anywhere. 

You should also have a few favorite features that you look for when adding to your collection. This will make it easier to choose when you are shopping. Here are some of mine:

Favorite Materials: glass, silver (specifically earrings that are made only from silver)
Favorite Color: purple
Favorite Decorative Motif: Winged Creatures, Plants

So without further ado, I present my earrings of the world, where I got them, and why I love each pair.

Where I Got Them: A store called Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade at Sydney, Australia. The designer is InSync. (No relation to Justin Timberlake....or is it?)
Why I Love Them: Like the mighty Ginsu knife, they're made out of stainless steel. One thing I look for when finding new earrings for my collection is if they are made out of a different material than the rest of my earrings.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In Which I See the Rocket's Red Glare

SG's Guide to River Street
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After my fifth scrumptious meal of the day, it was finally time for the main event—the fireworks on the river! Savannah has the biggest 4th of July celebration in the Southeast, and the fireworks over the river were supposed to be truly splendid. It was still light out and the streets were busy, so you might think it would be a pretty evening to walk to the river, However, during dinner I had overheard a waiter warning a couple about the Grave Danger involved in walking from the hotel to the river, so I called myself a cab.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

In Which I, Like Leslie Knope, Become A Master of Parks and Recreation

SG's Guide to Evening in Savannah

You May Wander Around Savannah Before Sunset

Now that I was well-nourished on a slice of Georgia's best pizza, my next stop was dinner at a restaurant called 700 Drayton. I think I’ve been pretty clear about the ill-advisedness of walking around Savannah at night, but Drayton is a well trafficked main drag so I felt very safe as long as it was light out.