Taking it easy in the Carolinas
Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
290Trip End Nov 20, 2011
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We visited Greenville today, at the suggestion of the lovely lady we met in the pool yesterday. It was great! We spotted a toy shop, so that was destination 1 when we'd ditched the car.
It was great inside, chock full of new toys and old fashioned and retro looking stuff - we liked it as much as Woody. Bree disappeared off and kept coming back to show us cool stuff from around the store whilst me and Woods made full use of the toy animal display, playing a hybrid of Madagascar, The Wild and Dinosaur Train. When all the animals had been suitably saved/roared at/put back in the 'zoo', we moved on to the Chuggington set, which was very cool. Lee and Ilsa, even as Chuggington aficionados, you would have been impressed.
It took a lot of coaxing to get me, I mean Woody, to leave but we strolled around a couple of vintage shops and a great 'old country store' which sold everything from North Face jackets, to Coke memorabilia, to Southern cookbooks to herbal remedies
Anyway, having decided it was a lovely town, we set off for Atlanta. We've had mixed reviews of it, but both very much wanted to visit. Initial thoughts are, they love a road! At one point, I counted 20 lanes of highway and slip roads. We got stuck in a jam for a bit as 8 lanes went down to 4, but we had Bree dj-ing again on the iPod, so I went pretty quick.
This paragraph is very dull, so please feel free to skip! Driving here has been great. Everyone seems really relaxed and drives much slower than Blighty. I still can't get my head round how big everything is. Hummers look normal here on the wide roads and I saw a stretch Land Rover which seemed excessive. We saw a Smart car a couple of days ago which looked bonkers against the Peterbilt trucks whizzing by. On the interstate, pretty much every junction will have a massive hotels section, a fast food retail park and a general retail park, and a load of car related businesses. They all take up so much room, everyone seems to drive between them. We've hardly seen anyone walking.
The best drive-thru business we've seen are:
Pitch and Putt golf (I've no idea!)
Anyway, we went for a great meal at Piccadillys, where we got very confused by the buffet entree/side dish/pick a dessert first/crutons for olives system, but everyone was very patient and helpful, and we got what we all wanted
Back to our new hotel, which we've booked for an extravagant 3 nights, for a swim and a relax. (Alas, the pool was closed). We made zoo animals from paper cups and various signs to direct the visiting Fireman Sam figures, so that was lovely. We got a bit of a shock around 1030 when the guests arrived next door. We hadn't realised before but the walls were paper thin, so we could hear the 2 guys chatting and watching a cop show with Ice Cube in it, crystal clear. Poor Woody, couldn't get to sleep, so I put The Wild on, to drown out the noise and hoped he would drift off. He didn't until gone 1230. He's a star!