We’re # 7! We’re # 7! (Savannah makes another list)

We love lists. And Travel and Leisure knows we love lists.

So while you’re looking at the T&L website to try to find the winners of its 2011 World’s Best Awards, you can vote for Savannah, or one of 34 other cities, in the current best U.S. city poll. It’s endless.

“What’s with all these awards? They’re always giving out awards. Best Fascist Dictator: Adolf Hitler.”

I stole that from Annie Hall.

Anyway, Savannah routinely does well on such polls and surveys, but apparently we were in the top 10 in this one for the first time. The list is funny though: it’s the World’s Best Awards, but one has to click on “U.S. and Canada” to find any American city besides New York.

“He’s world-famous in Poland!”

That’s from To Be or Not to Be.

For the record, the World’s Best Cities, according to the survey, are:

I’ll admit it: I’ve never even heard of Siem Reap. But I’m sure it’s great. And how about Bangkok, topping the list two years in a row.

Here’s the top 10 from U.S. and Canada:

The following categories were considered: “sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, value.”

I love living in Savannah, a city of singular history, beauty, and mystery.

But T&L caught us in a bad week, huh?

Multiple murders and a couple of other shootings. A couple of pedestrians killed by cars. A boy savagely mauled by a pit bull in a public playground (I have a poignant story about that playground, actually, that I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone). The coast occasionally blanketed by thick smoke from distant wildfires. A record run of 90+ degree days. A cantankerous public because of recent countywide property tax increases.

If we’re #7, well . . .

1 comment for “We’re # 7! We’re # 7! (Savannah makes another list)

  1. July 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Travelers are voting. Maybe they’re looking for and acknowledging all that is extraordinary here. We overlook it too often as we get caught up in day to day. Residents, the City of Savannah and hospitality pros helped to earn that #7 status. Travelers may not care that my son’s red Jeep was stolen and totaled last night by have-not joy riders. According to police, the vehicle was spotted speeding through at least one stop sign and stop light only to show up later crashed. We should not diminish what Savannah HAS while we deal with sad accidents and the reckless HAVE NOTs. Thank you, Bill for keeping us on our toes and focused on reality! Meanwhile, Congrats, Savannah on the cup more than half full!

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