About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug. 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
Historic Sites, Jazz Clubs & Bars
You don't have to be a Girl Scout to appreciate the birthplace of the organization's founder, Juliette Gordon Low. The 19th-century townhouse has been restored to its condition in 1886, the year "Daisy" Gordon married William Mackay Low. It is owned and operated by Girl Scouts of America, and contains several pieces of Juliette's own artwork.
At Mrs Wilkes, one of Savannah's most celebrated restaurants, you'll dine family-style (with complete strangers) on comfort food classics such as fried chicken with cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, and corn muffins.
Known for its manicured gardens, cobblestoned streets, and 20-plus charming public squares (designed by founder General James Oglethorpe in the 1700s), the Savannah Historic District is worthy of an entire afternoon of wandering. Here you can ogle mansions of various architectural styles — Gothic and Greek Revival to Georgian and Beaux Arts — or relax next to picturesque fountains or moody oak trees.
Once a bus station, now a sophisticated but approachable southern fine dining establishment, The Grey is a safe bet for soul food, seafood, and down-home cooking done up right.
The nightlife along Savannah’s waterfront is legendary, and the area around River Street — one of few places in America where you can legally carry a drink on the street — is the core of the scene.
The commercial and social heart of Savannah since the 1730s, City Market is still a happening place to visit day or night — for quirky and regional gifts, as well as great food and drink.
The Telfair is not only the oldest art museum in the south — it's also one of the region's best and most relevant.
This 30-acre urban oasis in the center of town is a great place to take it easy and take in all of Savannah’s Old-World grandeur. Be sure to make a wish at the famous Forsyth Fountain.
Savannah weather can feel balmy even in the winter, which makes it an ideal city for year-round ice cream indulgence! Founded in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece, Leopold’s has been helping Savannahians keep cool for nearly a century. The parlor is still run by the same family who started it, and local folks still flock here for the homemade ice cream.
Back in the Day is an excellent choice for a morning treat. The motto (and the mission) at this family-run bakery is 'slow down and taste the sweet life.' And once you've found this spot, the sweet life is especially sweet!
Head to this historic cemetery on the outskirts of town for a glimpse of Southern Gothic at its most evocative: Spanish moss draped across live oaks older than the nation, which loom over worn tombstones tinged with green.
Just outside of the city, this historic oyster and crab factory is now a fascinating museum 'celebrating the life, work and history of the Gullah/Geechee community.'
Farm-to-fork champions of South Georgia, the pioneers behind Green Truck want folks to 'eat more local.' And when you try the homemade pub grub from here, you’ll see why such an approach to eating is not just good for the local economy, but great for your tastebuds too!
Some say Savannah is the most haunted city in America, and many of the city's quirky and fascinating characters are probably still hanging out here at the Pirates' House, which is purportedly the oldest standing building in the state of Georgia. Despite its unsavory past as a rowdy sailor watering hole, today the age-old tavern is a family-friendly restaurant with an extensive menu of regional cuisines.