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Post-classes: Vacation Day Four (Atlanta: Ria’s Bluebird, Atlanta History Center featuring beautiful houses, & Frank’s Family Restaurant)

Today we started out at Ria’s Bluebird, a local breakfast/lunch place for a decidedly more fancy breakfast than yesterday. We decided to try a nearby restaurant.

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We had the french toast and the pancakes (french toast w/Nutella cream cheese and pancakes with pecans and caramelized bananas.) Both were great, but the pancakes were the clear winner, despite how much I love Nutella.

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We also tried the house-made sausage patty and it was great; it was flavorful without being too spicy and perfectly cooked.

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Then we went to the Atlanta History Center, which features some civil war exhibits along with gardens and an olympic exhibit, as well as a historic house (The Swan House) and entry to the Margaret Mitchell house, along with traveling exhibits. This was in a very nice part of town which encompassed many beautiful homes, which I also was interested in and took many pictures of. I would say it’s worth a visit if you’re interested in civil war history, history of the south, or general Atlanta history. Also if you enjoy pretty gardens and historic homes. If you’d just like to see some gorgeous Atlanta homes it’s worth a drive through the neighborhood. It’s also worth taking a tour of the Swan House.

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Next, the houses!!

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We also came across a bit of history (see sign)

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We stopped at Frank’s Family Restaurant for dinner. It doesn’t look like much and it’s attached to a gas station but it was decent food, considering that.

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This was on our way driving south to Tallahassee, not too far from Atlanta. We had the calamari appetizer, salad, sausage and peppers entree and complimentary breadsticks. Overall it was good value for the money and not a bad place to stop in a town that didn’t offer much else.

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Post & photos by: Melissa

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Post-classes: Vacation Day Three (Atlanta: Aquarium & Silver Skillet & Poor Calvin’s Absolute Fusion)

This morning we got up early and promptly went back to sleep after the alarm woke us up. We headed out to the Silver Skillet, a local diner, for breakfast. Afterward, we went to the Georgia aquarium and we finally ended up eating dinner at Poor Calvin’s Absolute Fusion, which is a Thai/Asian Fusion restaurant.

My mom did both the beluga experience and the whale shark swim. I went around with my dad to ALL the other parts of the Georgia aquarium. But lets start with the breakfast at the Silver Skillet.

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I got the sandwich with bacon eggs and cheese, my mom got the ham skillet and my dad got eggs and sausage.

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We also had biscuits, which were good, and I was SO excited to see this tabletop because it is almost exactly the same as our kitchen counter used to be (our house was built in the 60s.) So I loved it. (those shapes!!)

Next we went to the aquarium.

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fishes

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grouper?

whale shark

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Beluga whales!

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Albino alligator!

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Piranha

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WHALE SHARK!!!!

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Behind the scenes: They grow their own coral!

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Sorry Atlanta lovers, as a Seattle fan I’m still a bit upset over the playoffs. 😦

BOO FALCONS

Still a cool dolphin though.

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Lastly, we headed over to Poor Calvin’s, and parked by central park.

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Thought I would show the drinks up closer.

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I had the crispy beef, my mom had the unicorn fish, and my dad had the steak. I also ordered the sangria (amazing) and my mom had the “Frankly my dear” cocktail. Both were great, and all the food was too.

We had the calamari as an appetizer.

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steak

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The staff was really friendly and they also gave us a gift at the end of our meal: a chocolate-covered apple with a 15% off an entree coupon.

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We very much enjoyed our day today and had a much-needed great meal and drink at the end. Glad we didn’t settle for the loud, not-as-great hotel bar. 🙂
If I lived in Atlanta, I think I’d go to Poor Calvin’s to drink as well, seemed like a very nice bar with friendly staff.

Post and photos by: Melissa


Post-classes: Vacation Day Two (Atlanta: zoo, cyclorama, Rosebud)

Let me just say that I would NOT recommend staying at the Atlanta Holiday Inn Conference center across from Turner Field. Because they will close your street and it is NO FUN to navigate around. 😦

However, we did have a decent day today up to that point. We went to the zoo, ate lunch there, and then went to the Cyclorama and the rose garden at Fernbrook before having dinner at Rosebud, which was great! We also stopped by the Lenox Square mall which was really nice. Allow me to share the high points of our day so I can focus on the positive. 🙂

Although it’s hard to do so because my whole post just got deleted. BUT I’LL TRY AGAIN. I began by saying that we saw flamingoes at the beginning of the zoo, were able to feed birds seed sticks, and the highlights for me were the warthogs, the petting zoo for the goats and of course, hands down, the giant pandas which I understand are on a semi-loan from China, which includes some kind of breeding agreement. They also had a nice reptile house and lots of other birds.

Zoo Atlanta!

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papa!

warthogs

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giant!

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goat family

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And then we went to the Cyclorama, which has its main feature as a giant oil painting circling the room (the world’s largest oil painting) which depicts civil war battles and a museum featuring artifacts. It was cool and I would recommend it. There was a bit of construction going on. Both of these are right near Grant Park.

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Then we went to Fernbrook which was a kind of science museum, but we just went to peek at the rose garden. it was lovely and I would definitely go back. It’s a peaceful kind of place with some benches.

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We went to dinner at Rosebud afterward, which was in a very pretty neighborhood with lots of brick houses by Emory University. Some of the gorgeous houses turned out to probably be frats but others weren’t and they were all lovely to admire.

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We had the special appetizer of lobster fondue, which featured toasted bread (delicious) with a lobster and butter sort of sauce that you could dip it in. It was great. The three dishes we ordered were the duck, the shrimp & grits, and the chicken.

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We also split a lovely pecan dessert.

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And that was a great end to the evening! If only it had been the end. Mom and I did go speed shopping (without purchasing anything) at Lenox Square, but it was not worth the godawful traffic mess that awaited us outside our now one-way hotel street across from Turner Stadium. Again, do not recommend fighting baseball traffic. Tomorrow, THE AQUARIUM. If this post seems rushed I apologize, the internet here is also horrible (maybe due to use being in the 7th floor) so I made this in the lobby after 11 pm. Hope you enjoyed anyway. 🙂

Post & photos by: Melissa


Post-classes: Vacation Day One (Atlanta)

Hello! I am no longer a student. Well, I guess I technically still am until Saturday when I graduate. But I’m done with classes. Anyway, I’m taking a mini vacation with my parents to celebrate and the first step of this trip was for me to drive up and stay in a hotel for a day in Atlanta. So I have done that. And now I will let you know how it went. 🙂

First, the weather was beautiful. I hit a few minor traffic problems but nothing to complain about (which, for me, is rare.) First I’ll show you the view from the hotel. Not too shabby, I’d say.

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When I got here the system had gone down so they had a huge backlog of guests and I was getting a bit anxious, but the hotel manager (I think?) came and offered everyone standing in line a drink, which was very nice. Of course he checked my ID, but I’m welllllll over 21 now so it wasn’t an issue. Once I got settled I headed out to check out places to eat and get some dinner since I hadn’t eaten since I had eggs for breakfast.

I ended up at Grant Central Pizza & Pasta. Decent pizza, but what I really wanted was somewhere convenient. And this was less than a mile from the hotel and an easy walk (I was tired of driving.) Boy was I glad I walked because when I got back to the hotel my street had turned into a one way to deal with all the traffic from the Atlanta Braves game! I also got to eat my pizza on a really dirty picnic bench in the park. So, you know, it was good all around.

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I also saw Dakota Blue, which is across the street from the pizza place and is supposed to be nice for brunch.

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my park bench

Then I walked through the area (Grant Park) and took some pictures of houses and a church. I also found a yard flamingo. 🙂

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another one of course

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I was far from these

flamingooooo!

I believe this had something to do with the “park” itself.

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I also came across a random patch of grass that I guess was ALSO a park???

this is a park in itself

Smoking is prohibited on THIS patch of grass. Ahem. Anyway, after I got back to the hotel I decided to check out what all the fuss was about and it was for the Braves game, so I walked over to the stadium to take some pictures from afar. They also have a tribute to the 1996 Olympics.

can you see it??

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There was also a tribute to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics lining the sidewalk on the way to the field.

 

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post and photos by: Melissa


More ATLANTA! (world of coke, road trip continuation)

After (quite?) a few days off from this business of putting up road trip blogs, I have decided to return to ATL with my experience at WORLD OF COKE. Which I like to call Coke Land. Ahem.

It has been a busy-feeling first couple of days at school but if I don’t do this now I don’t know when I will get these up and be able to continue with a few things I’ve done around Tallahassee. So here we gooooooo~

We arrived at World of Coke a little later in the day after visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (which I still have more pictures from but will probably save because that post was just getting too long, unless you want to see them?)

Welcome to World of Coke!

When you first go in, those are the things you see, and there is a brief introduction followed by a video specially made for WORLD OF COCA COLA which encourages you to exercise, eat healthy, and drink coke in order to be happy in life.

Now, a bit of Coke history.

And here it is! What you’ve all been waiting for.. or at least what I was waiting for the whole time I was there. Unlimited soda-drinking till you feel full and sick and just want to leave. But it was great. 🙂

Coke supplied various four-sided tasting stations representing the different continent(ish) areas where different coke products are sold, all leading up to the MOST DELICIOUS COKE OF ALL. Original coke. ❤

But first, a little snapshot of the only Florida-related thing I found there:

Yay! And now, the tasting room!

My mom really liked the melon “Bibo”, which tastes like honeydew. I liked the yellow one which is just kind of tropical.

Now, you may ask, why such a focus on Beverly? I have never tasted a drink that I liked less than this. We thought it tasted like milky, watery, soapy sprite. I immediately had to go get a big drink of orange soda to get the taste out of my mouth. So if you know anyone who likes this, or anyone from Italy or who has tried this in some other fashion, please ask them, WHY?

I do not, for the life of me, know why they had doubles of some things for the same region. But I do know that they could not trick me into trying Inca Kola twice. Bleh. It was yellow. I was expecting traditional cola, but I guess they did warn me by spelling it with a K.

Now onto the coke!

And that seems like a good place to end it, with the free coke (included in your admission price) that you reach in a hole to grab from a rotating circle of coke bottles. 🙂

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Hello everyone! ROAD TRIP UPDATE

We made it to Tallahassee after spending a morning in Atlanta. Today we woke up in Tallahassee and toured around town…

I do have around 3 posts to upload, including our two stops in Atlanta (World of Coke and the Atlanta Botanical Garden) and also Alfred B. Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. Stay tuned! It’s getting close to the beginning of school again for me so with my unpacking as well as getting ready for that I have been/will be very busy but I will still try to post these final 3/anything else fun we do/whenever I can!

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road trip day seven

We stuck around in Nashville this morning so we could get to the Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson. This was the main thing I wanted to see in Nashville, so I was glad we had the time and that it was so close to our hotel (read: easy to get to.) However we had to leave right after and get on over to Atlanta to make our hotel reservations. We plan to do some exploring/sightseeing in Georgia tomorrow on our way down to Florida as well, but we’re not sure what we want to see yet.

While we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside of Andrew Jackson’s actual home (and glass in front of the rooms would’ve prevented good pictures anyway) I was able to get a lot of pictures inside the museum and on the grounds, as well as some pictures of the exhibits/narratives about the general history of the location and the family. It was done in a Greek revival style and is really quite beautiful. Enjoy!

We did manage to stop in for lunch at Brewhaus for lunch in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was a German style gastropub and although we couldn’t have any beer because we had a long drive ahead, (disappointing), we did have some interesting food and there was a free pretzel check-in deal on Yelp, which is always nice. The pretzel was delicious, and came with 3 mustards which we shared.

Then my mom had a schnitzel sandwich that she enjoyed, with some German “potato salad” that she was not a fan of.

I had the smoked brat on a bun with cheddar & swiss cheese & bacon. It was really good and the spaetzle & mushrooms side that came with it was delicious. We ended up parking a few blocks away, but it was still free parking. However, there was definitely space in front of the restaurant. I just get paranoid when I’m driving in new places and jump on any free parking that I see.

We finally made it to Atlanta (geez that highway is scary) and are settling in and adjusting to the time difference. I just feel tired all the time at this point, and I’m not quite sure that’s adjusted enough.

post by: Melissa
photos by: Melissa