Charleston to Atlanta

Trip Start Jan 27, 2010
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

We drove back to the Magnolia Plantation before we left Charleston and had a walk around the garden. It was a huge garden with a lot of camellias and they were starting to flower. There were also a lot of huge oak trees and magnolia trees, squirrels and birds. It took us an hour to walk around the whole garden. It was another warm and sunny day, we've been lucky with the weather so far, and reached a top of about 24 degrees. We finished looking at the garden and drove straight to Savannah. We drove through some lovely small towns on the way. As we drove over the bridge into Savannah we crossed the Georgia State line. We went to the visitor center first, and got a walking tour map of the historic district. We walked to most of the maps points of interest, seeing some more beautiful old homes, oak tree lined street, churches and monuments. Savannah has a lot of green squares through- out the historic district, all filled with huge oak trees. It was another beautiful place to walk around. We stopped in the park where Forest Gump sat on the bench waiting for the bus, Alan sat on the bench we thought was the right one and I took a photo and read later that it had been removed and put into a museum! We walked to the river and had a look at the shops in the old converted cotton warehouses.

We just about walked till we dropped and then drove to our hotel about 10 miles from the historic district. The hotels in the Historic district were way overpriced, so sticking to our budget we stayed out of town a bit. Our hotel was pretty good.

We got up early this morning because we had accommodation in Atlanta and it was 240 mile drive. Our luck on the good weather ran out and it started to rain and then kept raining all day. We stopped in Athens, a small town but didn’t stay long, it was too wet to walk around. We planned to stop at Stone Mountain, 20 miles from Atlanta but decided to keep going and we are hoping to go back tomorrow when the weather is supposed to clear up. Stone Mountain is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite and carved on the face is Memorial carving, the sculpture depicts 3 confederate heroes. Its creator began work here in 1924 and later sculpted the American Presidents at Mount Rushmore. We would have like to visit Mount Rushmore but decided that it was too hard for us to get there especially in the time we’ve got here, there is other places we would rather see.

We got to Atlanta at 1 pm. We'd booked accommodation right in the center of the city. We later read that there’s  5 million people living in Atlanta and I was a bit apprehensive about driving right into the city. But it was surprising , there was hardly any traffic driving into Atlanta and also into the downtown area. We found the hotel easily, it’s on a great location, close to everything. It was still raining so we decided to visit the new aquarium. There was heaps of interesting displays and a huge tank with two beluga whales, which I’ve never seen before, they were gorgeous. They also had a massive  tank with whale sharks, they were huge. I tried to get a photo but they didn’t turn out very good.

We walked through the Centennial Olympic Park and got saturated, and walked back to our hotel to dry out. Later the rain stopped and we went for a walk around the streets near our hotel. There is a lot of interesting buildings and we are hoping that the weather is better tomorrow is better so we can have a good look around. We are staying here in Atlanta for 2 nights and then driving to Alabama on Friday and staying in Montgomery on Saturday and the Mobile on Sunday.

Bye for now Dianne and Alan
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