Georgia on my mind

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Baymont Inns, Smyrna

Flag of United States  , Georgia
Sunday, September 25, 2011

Good Morning Atlanta. Not the best night sleep, it has to be said, paper thin walls = confused 3 year old and generally a very restless night. 

Despite this, we awoke really wanting to fall in love with Atlanta - lots of our favourite artists hail from this here city. 

Brekkie in the hotel was fine-ish, we packed our bags and headed to North Atlanta to meet our fabulous London friend on holiday, Cyn and her friends at The Flying Biscuit.  Well, what a treat.  We loved so much about it.  Firstly, I felt smug about the queue of people waiting to get in when we had a booking.  The food was just delicious.  I had bacon, eggs, biscuit and grit. (BTW, I am no longer veggie.  Mostly achin' for bacon these days). The waitress insisted I would love it, and she was on the money.   I barely resisted the urge to lick the plate.  Noah was also suitably catered for with a yummy looking wrap and spuds, and Elwood enjoyed one of his staples – Mac and cheese.

We loved meeting Cyn’s friends (and their friends) – a mix of Brazilians, Aussies, South Africans – all reminiscing about oz – which reminded me how lucky we are to be on our way there.  The highlight of the morning was meeting Cyn’s friend Nivea’s little girl, Milla.  She was just fabulous to Elwood and gave him her toy Cheetah as a parting gift.  Elwood has since  renamed the Cheetah 'Brian the Lion’(?) and has hugged that thing all day long.  Brian is a lovely addition to our family!  Thank you Milla for making Elwood’s day!

We left brekkie (our 2nd breakfast) on a high, and Atlanta, we have fallen in love with you already.

Next we went for a drive through the well-to-do-burbs and then to Piedmont Park.  Well, off the scale fabulous.  I, for one, was grinning like a crazy the whole time we were there.  We had a lovely, lovely wander around the park – people watching and chatting.  Gorgeous sunshine and breathtakingly pretty.  We found the children’s play area which was great and Elwood was just crazy excited  - especially when he saw the fire engine.  We generally had a ball and sweated an undignified amount in the sudden heat.

We then made our way to the fountains.  I lay on the grass thinking about how long our money might last on holiday and hoping for some sort of stroke of genius.  Noah went crazy photographing Elwood.  And Elwood, well see for yourself from the photos.  That kid is beaming with delight.  Such a fabulous time – we all left with a spring in our step and happy hearts.

Elwood snoozed in the back and Noah and I drove around city center and out to Decataur and took a look at music venue, Eddies Attic.  We then headed  out to our new hotel, checked in, and went out for dinner.

As you know, I am not one to shy away from singing my own praises.  I found I brilliant, brilliant spot for dinner.  Scalinis in Smyrna was great.  Bountiful servings of gorgeous pasta and salad.  Elwood had a piece of chocolate cake the size of his head.  And we sat in booths with fabulous graffiti all over them.  Love it.  Again, beaming like lunatics.

Back at the hotel – Noah attempted to burn off some of Elwood’s sugar hype in the pool.  Elwood did 2 laps of the pool on his back and Noah and I were ridiculously proud (and in my head , he has practically reached Olympic standards at the age of 3.5 years).   Generally pool based shenanigans, and the little one happily conked out after his fab new story from Cyn, a cuddle with Brian, and some of my super made up stories.

Now, we are kicking back.  Eating low fat chocolate (what?), I am drinking wine (Noah was out of beer and they do not serve take out beer on a Sunday in Georgia because of god / liquor licensing), admiring our fabulous sleeping child, and Noah is photoshopping my blemishes in blog photos.  Ha! 

We are contemplating a bit of a change of route, so we can head back to Nashville for one night to see a singer I just love, Levi Lowrey.  We are not sure how feasible it is, we might just wing it. (Vanessa - that just for you!)

Much love to you friends and family.  We are having a brilliant time and you are in our thoughts. 
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