A New York Minute in Atlanta

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
Trip End Feb 14, 2011

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Friday, March 5, 2010

During this morning I took in the Georgia Aquarium.  I don't have a lot to say about it other than to mention that I think it would be highly beneficial for the aquarium's to stay open an extra hour with admission open only to those age 18 and over.  Call me a grinch, but I find that literal hordes of strollers, school tours, and screaming brats kind of ruins the atmosphere for me.  In fact, there were a number of areas that were simply impossible to see because of the solid, triple-layer wall of kids plastered against the glass.  Must have been an interesting creature...I wouldn't know.

Across Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, I found the world headquarters for CNN.  They offer a tour that takes guests through windowed walkways above the studios and offers behind the scenes look at how the news is gathered, some of the technology used in filming, and how programs come together before they are broadcast around the world.  It was an interesting tour and the guide was very informative on what was going on in each area.

My last stop in Atlanta was to the World of Coke Museum.  Despite feeling like one gigantic commercial in building form, it was a neat walk along the path of a company that has truly ingrained itself as a cultural icon in our society.  They house a number of art exhibits inspired by their product, a massive collection of memorabilia, a couple of large screen films that are mostly hokey ads or (the more interesting) commercials from around the world, a small scale bottling facility viewable from a glass hallway, and they also have a sampling room which I believe we were told contained about 64 different varieties of beverages produced by Coca Cola around the world.  I, like many others, made a point to sample a couple small swallows of each and every one available.  Some are good and some not so much, but by the end of it you will probably realize that a couple swallows of 64 different drinks can really add up.  On the way out of the tasting room each person is given a complimentary bottle of Coca Cola from the Museum's bottling plant before passing through the obligatory gift shop before the exit.  Of the many items for sale, I thought the pop-tab purse for $265.00 was particularly extravagant.

Heading south from Atlanta, I made my way to Macon, GA and decided to go see Alice in Wonderland in 3-D at a nearby theater.  Overall, I thought it was a pretty good movie with a somewhat goofy ending, but I would recommend it if you were thinking of going.  Just keep in mind that it is Tim Burton, so you might want to see it yourself before trying to take the kids.
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