One of the most fun things to do on a visit to Savannah is to wander through the shops on River Street that runs along the majestic Savannah River. While many of the shops are somewhat touristy, several offer items that are unique to Savannah and are worth a look.
While shopping on River Street, you might be surprised by the buzz of activity on the Savannah River. As it was in the past, the river is still a very active and important shipping route, with ships from every far-flung location floating slowly by.
When you feel like taking a break from River Street shopping, grab a cool drink and fresh-from-the-oven pecan praline and head to one of the many benches along the Savannah River to watch the ships float slowly by.
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The Savannah Rose: Rich In Tradition and Culture
While strolling along River Street in Savannah taking in the moody, slow-moving Savannah River you'll notice a few locals cutting and weaving palm fronds. If you look closer, you'll see that they're weaving beautiful, ornate roses from the fronds, which they sell to visitors as a way to share a piece of the town's tradition with visitors and make a bit of extra money. It's impressive watching the artisans weave the roses, transforming the long, straight strips of palm frond into an intricate rose in a minute or less. Because they're made from dried palms, the roses never wilt or fade.
The Savannah Rose has a long tradition in the town, with locals having made them for generations and passing the weaving technique on to their children and grandchildren. It's said that during the days of slavery the slaves would weave these roses to be used during wedding ceremonies, and the roses also served as a secret emblem in the Underground Railroad.
If you're in Savannah, take the time for a stroll along River Street and consider buying a traditional Savannah Rose to support a small piece of the town's rich culture.