Posted by: Sally Ingraham | November 13, 2009

World of Coca-Cola Squares Off With the 2 Year Old

Coca-Cola LoftI haven’t hung out with a 2 year old in quite awhile, so this visit is a steep learning curve for me! It takes twice as long to get ready to go somewhere, and if I ever thought that I got grumpy when I was hungry, well let me tell you, I have met my match…!

After a very late start today we finally made it to the College Park MARTA station and successfully navigated the rail system and the streets of downtown Atlanta, finding our way eventually to World of Coca-Cola. With a fussy child in tow, we checked out the huge variety of artifacts – all kinds of Coke advertisements, paintings, platters, machines, cans and bottles, etc. – and then thankfully trooped into the Taste It! room to sample beverages from around the world. Avoid something called “Beverly” from Italy, but go for the “Vegitabeta” from Japan! The South African ginger ale was my adult friend’s favorite. Not sure which one the kid liked best – we were just happy that the sundry sips kept her quiet for a little while!

Max Lager's, Brewed to ServeThe crabby 2 year old was somewhat placated by a snack from the Subway at the top of Centennial Olympic Park, but my friend and I weren’t that pleased to discover that the day had gone by so quickly and it was already too late to visit the Aquarium… Facing the drag of 5:30 traffic, we opted to detour a short way down Peachtree St. and visit Max Lager’s American Grill and Brewery. A comfy seat, with the child sleeping stretched out in the booth, and a couple of decent beers (Pumpkin Wit, and Max Black) took the edge off the long afternoon.

Our somewhat odd server told me I had an “interesting face”, so FYI if you ever meet me, or for those of you who have but haven’t noticed, now you know!

Roses at Pemberton PlaceThe trip back to the car on the MARTA train was uneventful and the traffic had mostly cleared up on the interstate, so we were back in McDonough in no time. The kid was adorable again, and let me teach her Karate Kid moves and helped to fight off the nibbling cat and the stinky-breathed dog until it was bedtime. If my pictures will ever upload, I’ll go to bed too…

Zoo tomorrow! I’m pretty sure I haven’t been to a real zoo since we moved to Maine, over 15 years ago, so I’m unexpectedly excited. Should be good. 🙂


  1. I am enjoying reading about your visit to Georgia! Your two-year old friend sounds like a blast! I hope you have a wonderful time at the zoo, some I love and some…well…But I think the one around Atlanta is supposed to be pretty good!

    (I saw the post on Frances’ blog about Virginia Woolf. Glad to know it’s happening. I wasn’t sure if I should email you about it or not since I’m still unsure how these reading together things happen. But I was happy to see it’s happening!)

  2. Amy – The kid is certainly entertaining – phew!! I’m going to post about the Woolf read-a-long any day now, when I find a little time. I do hope you’ll be joining in! 🙂

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