Atlanta 2008


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Note: This travelog was written in 2018, so many details have long been forgotten since we took the trip.

Saturday, January 19, 2008: We flew into Atlanta early in the morning and immediately headed downtown.

This is CNN.
We purchased tickets for the 10:00 AM CNN Behind-the-Scenes tour and very much enjoyed it, but unfortunately, none of it could be photographed or shared here.
We were done by 11:00 AM and deposited in the middle of the CNN Center after dropping a few dollars in the CNN gift shop where we picked up some pencils and a shirt for Tom.
The tiles on the floor were laid out in a design that approximated a map of the world, with tiles representing various CNN headquarters. Here is Buenos Aires, Argentina. Obviously, that's Uruguay up one tile to the left.
Here's Hong Kong on the edge of Asia, ...
... and Japan is on an island, of course.
We headed across the street to Centennial Olympic Park where the Beijing 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition was on display.
The exhibit was traveling to different international cities prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics, and Atlanta was one of the stops.
When one goes to Atlanta in January, one might expect a break from the Indiana winter. However, we ran into an Atlanta blizzard instead.
We were lucky to get into the CNN tour before it closed, but were a bit too late for the World of Coca-Cola.
This sign told the sad tale that the museum was closed. Sigh.
We killed the rest of our afternoon by having lunch at a Waffle House and shopping at a TJ Maxx and a Crate & Barrel in Alpharetta. Hooray for businesses that stay open when it snows in the South!
We were here to see our friend Jim marry the lovely Jessica.
Those of you who know Jim understand why we had to fly to Atlanta to see this historic event.
We were seated with a fun group of people, including this woman (name long forgotten), who was a friend of Jim's from his childhood or hometown or something.
Jess and Jim cut their large, chocolate wedding cake, ...
... and prepared to feed each other.
Meanwhile, we were having a lovely time at our table.
Here are these people, ...
... and here are these people. If we had written these captions ten years ago, we'd still remember these names, but time marches on.

Sunday, January 20, 2008: The next day, we visited Stone Mountain.
Sure enough, there's a huge monument to the Confederacy carved into it. Unfortunately, we couldn't go to the top because of the icy weather. Bummer.
We got a photo of the Georgia Capital before heading back to the airport for our flight home.

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