Savannah || Foxy Loxy Cool

A coffee shop that doubles up as a Tex-Mex cantina? A strange combination that shouldn’t work, yet in Foxy Loxy it does very well, thank you.

Off the touristy historic district, Foxy Loxy has everything going for it: a quirky interior, delicious offerings, decent coffee and a prime location in Thomas Square, a trendy neighbourhood with antique shops, vintage stores, gastropubs and fine late 19th century homes in various architectural styles. No wonder it is a favourite among locals and SCAD students. And, for the short time we stayed in Savannah, ours too.

And if that’s not enough, the cafe sits right next to the Gingerbread House, an incredible example of Steamboat Gothic architecture, the only one we found in Savannah (scroll down to the last two photos)!

Foxy Loxy Cafe, Savannah

April 2018

Savannah || Bonaventure Cemetery

Pondering what makes us human, our mortality, the ephemeral nature of life. The older I get, the more attracted to cemeteries I seem to become. Their tranquility; the funerary art; trinkets left on white stones of the beloved… In Bonaventure, it was also the giant oak trees covered in moss, moving ever so elegantly in the summer breeze; like mature ladies letting their long, natural grey hair down before they go to sleep…

Savannah, GA

April 6th, 2018

Savannah || SCAD Welcome Center

As I mentioned earlier in this series, you’d have to work hard to escape SCAD when you visit Savannah. But every site being so interesting, bursting with fresh ideas, thought-provoking art or simply delicious scones, you’d probably wouldn’t want to miss it, anyway!

So, here we are, after an extensive look at the SCAD Museum of Art, a refreshing afternoon tea at the Gryphon, and some fun time with snooty ceramic faces at the shopSCAD, entering the place were it all started: the Poetter Hall, the first building that SCAD acquired in 1979, now home to their Admissions & Welcome Center, occasionally doubling up as an exhibition & event space. This is SCAD, after all.

May and Paul Poetter, founders of the Savannah College of Art and Design (along with Paula Wallace and Richard Rowan)


Allan Drumond
Un Petit Tour de Lacoste
Digital print from original illustration


Savannah, GA

April 5th, 2018

Savannah || Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

Remember the third site of the Telfair Museums, which we had yet to see? Here it is, in all its grand splendour, starting from the humblest, the slaves’ quarters, walking our way through the garden and into the mansion.

We enter through a magnificent entrance hall into the largest room of the house, which is none other than the formal dining room; we work our way up an elegant staircase which rises to a landing, splits into two flights and, most interestingly, forms a bridge that connects the front and rear portions of the second floor – a rather unique feature, one we have never seen before (or since) in any of the mansions we visited; we peek into the various, lavishly decorated rooms, and the less-than-lavish service ones, in the front and rear halls of the second floor.

The two quarters could not have been more different.

You can find more information about the history, architecture and owners of the Owens-Thomas House, on the museum’s website.

April 5th, 2018

Savannah || The Gryphon

Speaking of old school charm, southern hospitality and the touch of SCAD being evident all over the historic centre,  this is where it all comes together: the Gryphon. SCAD’s upscale tea room that occupies the ground floor of the Scottish Rite building on Madison Square. Add the mystery of Freemasonry and the fact that the building is still the meeting place for various Masonic lodges, and your afternoon tea acquires that ”something extra” that goes beyond cucumber sandwiches and scones (although I would have been happy with just the scones).

Gryphon

April 5th, 2018