Atlanta Trip – Piedmont Park, Stone Mountain Park
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For our first installment we figured we should talk about last month’s trip to Atlanta, GA. Now living in Orlando, Atlanta doesn’t feel like such a far trek so we decided to do a quick road trip on over to our neighboring state right before Thanksgiving and get to know a little more about the city.
Now I wouldn’t say when it comes to travel we are great “planners” we usually do some research, ask some friends, look online, compile a list and then forget it on our way to our destination. Or even if we remember our list somehow we wake up the morning of and decide to just attempt one thing on the list and see how the rest goes. It seems to have worked for us so far. We don’t feel too much pressure to accomplish too much and we take our time and soak in what we are doing.
During our time in Atlanta we got to check out a CNN tour, which was so interesting it briefly made me want to get into journalism, but I quickly snapped out of that. We of course went to the World of Coca Cola, us being big time coke freaks. I mean we had coke bottles as our toast for our wedding so that place was a must! And we got to see the Georgia Aquarium, so nice seeing the whales and the penguins and the dolphins, and the… well you get the point. There was still so much left to see just in that area, but unfortunately we got out too late to make any other tours/exhibits so instead we hopped over to check out the Centennial Olympic Park and see the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. It was definitely a lovely sight, but the temperature was dropping so we made our visit quick and headed back to our hotel.
The next morning we woke up with the temperature in the 30’s. These Floridians were not expecting that cold front and were not prepared to brave the cold for the day. So here came the first detour, on to the mall. Thankfully we were staying right across from Lexington Square, so we were able to hop on over and purchase winter coats. Once fully covered we made our way to Piedmont Park. WOW! What a beauty! Just being able to see the trees in different colors was such an experience for us. Yes we had not truly witnessed the fall season before this trip, we’ve been a little bit deprived of certain things. We were just mesmerized with how beautiful it was and snapped away. There were photoshoots going on every couple of steps, we saw engagement sessions, family sessions, artist portraits, I mean the feeling was contagious! So we popped out our cameras and took some pictures of us two, together. Something we don’t always normally get to do when we go out, but our Sony a6000 was so small and easy to place that it totally helped us get all the shots we wanted.
Our final day before heading back home we checked out Stone Mountain Park. There was so much going on, with snow for families to go tubing, and so many other fun activities, but we just strolled around the park and then headed to the reason for the attraction, Stone Mountain. The skylift was great! I thought I would be terrified since I am not at all fond of Ferris Wheels or roller coasters, or anything dealing with heights, but I actually enjoyed the ride, the view was so worth it. And once we were on top of the mountain I mean it was just a wonderful sight! We definitely recommend checking it out if you are in the area. You may want to try to hike the mountain as well. We skipped that since it was so cold I thought I might get frostbite being on the mountain for too long (it was not cold enough for frost bite, but parts of my face were numb that I didn’t know could be so that was enough to scare me).
Sorry we don’t have any info on food, we walked and moved so much we kind of just grabbed what we could so we could keep on moving, except for this cool place called R.Thomas that had organic and vegan options we got to check out with my cousin and his family. Hope you guys enjoy the scenery.
Now here is my disclaimer. If there are not enough pictures of Jorge it is because my fingers were cold! And my mittens were not camera button friendly! We shall pick a warm climate next time :).