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Atlanta GA (Part 2)

Fox Theatre, Ponce City Markets and Federal Reserve

28 °C

Yesterday (Monday 3/4) was a rainy day. We started with a tour of the Fox Theatre Atlanta. What a wonderful theatre it is. It has a fascinating history and a great feel, if you like that sort of thing, which I do. Loved this.

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After the tour we walked 1.3 miles to Ponce City Markets. A very trendy and highly recommended attraction. But I was disappointed. Many food options all interesting and all average. We went the Kebab place. The service was good, the food came quick, the price was fair and there was a lot of food. But it wasn't as good as a good kebab in Australia. Nothing special. The market building is very nice with an interesting history.....according to wikipedia.....but while they have a plan for a history exhibit, there is nothing in the centre at the moment that gives you any feel for that.
Did a lot of walking again today, in the rain for a lot of it

While walking to "Trader John's" the nearest supermarket, we came across Grady High School and its Grady Stadium. Remarkable stadium for a public high school. Well I thought it was remarkable anyway.

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Today (Tuesday 4/4) is our last day in Atlanta. As we don't meet our Masters group at the Atlanta Airport until 6.30 pm, we have arranged for a late check out from our apartment. But the "quid pro quo" is that we have to wash and dry the linen and do a bit of cleaning. So we had to do that.
Had time for brunch at "The Flying Biscuit" which is so popular we had to stand in line for a table at 10.00am (on Tuesday). Interesting brunch menu. I had eggs with chicken sausages, biscuit (scone) and a buttermilk pancake with a side of grits. Had grits (corn porridge) for the first time ever this trip. Don't mind it, Liz didn't like it at all.

After brunch we visited the Federal Reserve Atlanta Museum. Fascinating. All about money and the economy. The highlight was the cash processing area which you can view through a glass wall. Money comes into this room from banks and is sorted, batched and electronically scanned for counterfeit or worn notes and put in large containers for the vault. We were looking at literally hundreds of millions of dollars and the people working in there were handling hundreds of millions per day. Must be depressing, if you re having money problems. No cameras allowed so no photos unfortunately.

Heading to Augusta tonight. Masters tomorrow, weather permitting.

Posted by John McReynolds 10:09 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Atlanta GA (Part 1)

Atlanta Mid-Town, Food Tour

sunny 25 °C

Arrived in Atlanta at 6.30pm Friday night but with delays at the airport waiting for a gate to go into, and a baggage carousel breakdown, we didn't get to our accommodation until 8.30pm which was about 26 hours after I woke up in Brisbane on Friday morning. So we were very tired.

We slept in on Saturday till about 9.00 am, had brunch at a little place nearby and went for a walk around the Mid-Town area. It was a beautiful day for a walk. The residential area of Mid-Town is varied but the part we are staying in is old and quite special with a range of character houses and well established vegetation. There are very large trees everywhere and lots of wildlife (mainly squirrels). Mid-town has many restaurants and bars and looks like an interesting place to live.

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In the afternoon, we went for a walk through Piedmont Park which was nice. The park is huge and very popular with locals for sports, picnics, running, cycling or just hanging out. It was great weather for all of this.

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We finished off with a "snack" chicken nachos (huge) at an unremarkable Mexican fast food restaurant and dinner was cheese, ham and bread with wine, at home.

We have Golf Channel here so we watched some golf as well.

Sunday we slept in again (feeling good now) and started off for our "Peachtree Food Tour" at 12.00 noon. This involved our guide, John, taking us to four restaurants for some interesting and delicious food and providing us with lot of Mid-Town history and other information on the way. It was excellent and well worth the price. John lives right in the middle of the Mid-Town area and clearly loves it. At the end of the tour you are very full and we needed to go home for a rest.
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Posted by John McReynolds 13:28 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Were off to North America

Liz and I leave for Atlanta GA on Friday for the first leg of our 61/2 week trip. I wrote a blog of our European trip in 2015, mainly for friends and family who are not on Facebook. While I found it a tedious commitment and said never again, I am going to try again with this trip. It may not be as detailed as last time but I will try to make it interesting. Feel free to read or ignore it as you wish.

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