My friend lives in a part of Atlanta that I like quite a bit – Cabbagetown. She and her kids are big walkers, so while I visited we went on several long walks around the neighborhood. The graffiti in the area is pretty great – colorful and weird – and there is lots of other street-side artwork too.
Part of a 5 mile walk on Valentine’s Day included a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Nat’l Historic Site.
My travels often include a lot of eating and drinking, as I love to try regional foods and drink local beer. I sampled beers from The Wreaking Bar, the Atlanta Brewing Company, and Terrapin Beer Company (out of Athens, GA), ate shrimp and grits at Gladys and Ron’s Chicken & Waffles, and learned how to make grits at home with my friend (and they tasted far better!) She whipped up a yummy breakfast every morning I’ve been here, and also made some very tasty dinners. Today (my last day in ATL) we went to Ru Sans where I discovered that a sushi buffet is without a doubt the way to go – all you can eat, and totally delicious! In conclusion we went to Yogli Mogli, a frozen yogurt place found almost exclusively in GA.
Yesterday was my one warm, sunny day in the greater ATL area. I dragged some very wintery temps down here with me, and rain keeps dodging me…but yesterday was lovely. We went about an hour outside the city to visit the Dauset Trails Nature Center, and High Falls State Park.
I’ve been to ATL a few times before, both on work-related trips and to visit my friend. This has been my favorite visit though. I feel like I’ve gotten a better feel for the city and it’s been relaxing and fun. My cameras and I have been happy here!
Tomorrow I’ll spend the day driving down to Baton Rouge, where there is another good friend to visit and Mardi Gras parades to see and more delicious food to eat. See you there!