I retire this year after 33 years dispatching for various police departments. I'm tired and I've had enough. I've also had enough with the pain in my joints from fibromyalgia and getting out of the snow should help that.
With an American husband and a US citizenship thanks to my US born mother, I have options. I loved the sound of Savannah and decided that's where I want to retire to. Nope, I'd never been there before, so I was going on the sound of the place and little snippets I'd read over the years.
I finally visited this past week and it was everything I could have imagined. Tree lined streets with branches meeting in the middle and just draped with Spanish moss. Rhododendrons 2 and 3 stories high. Palm trees! It was just a short drive to the ocean from our hotel and we walked along the beach with the Atlantic ocean rolling up over our feet. Everyone we spoke to was so relaxed and polite. I'm sure there is a bad side too, but we didn't see it.
Driving around looking at houses we noticed that most were kept up very nicely with loads of plants and flowers. The poorer sections not so much, but people would wave at us from their porches. The mansions are to die for! Absolutely huge and glorious. There were tourists all over the historic section. We even met fellow Canadians on the riverboat ride we took. We were the rowdy ones....
Things we will have to import though - Cheez Whiz, creamed honey, Lanark maple syrup, Aero chocolate bars, and white vinegar for my fries! Too bad curds won't travel well. Hell, they'd never make it down, we'd eat them in the car! Things to import back to Canada - Pralines!!! OMG are they good!
I highly recommend a visit to this lovely city. Just make sure you have comfortable shoes, they still have some streets made of brick and cobble stones, but it just adds to the charm. You may even see us down there next year.