|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 Capitol before heading back to the airport for our flight home.
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