Our adventure started on Thursday afternoon after checking into our hotel, The DeSoto, named after a Spanish conquistador.
After a wonderful overview of Savannah by our leader, Larry Smith, we had lunch at Gryphon, a charming restaurant near our hotel, a former apothecary.
Incidentally, there was an Indian wedding and reception taking place at our hotel. The dresses were stunning.
I was determined to try all the southern foods I could, and every other day, there was always a large bowl of grits with grated cheese for breakfast.
In the afternoon was the Holiday Tour of Homes, which began when Jim Williams opened his home in 1974. It was a self-guided tour, and also included five homes that are now bed and breakfast inns.
Photography was not allowed in the private homes, but some photography was allowed at the inns.