Sunday, July 24, 2011

A whirlwind tour and Atlanta's biggest fan!

I came home yesterday after visiting my sister in Atlanta. A high school friend met me there and we all spent the week visiting many different sites in the Atlanta area. We both agreed that my sister is a great guide and in all the years she has lived there, has certainly come to love the Atlanta area. She is their biggest cheerleader.

Wish you could see this closer. It had many pictures in it to make up the bigger portrait. 

Our first stop was the Carter Library. The library underwent major renovations and is an amazing display  and story of the Carter Presidency and his life and legacy after his Presidency.

Notice the lack of support. 

We visited the CNN center which was a first for me. After taking the escalator up 8 flights we were lead through the building to see the background and inner workings of the network. Notice that the escalator has no support except at the top and bottom. Happy they didn't point that out until after we were up top! Notice the map of the world in the floor above.

A family mausoleum. 

Margaret Mitchell's grave

One of many angels in the cemetery. They came in all shapes and sizes. 
I said it was whirlwind and it was. Another first for all of us was Oakland Cemetery. It is the oldest cemetery in Atlanta and very Victorian. Families used to take picnics there so it was very much a place for the living as well as the dead. Rain stopped us short but we did manage to see many of the very interesting headstones and monuments in the cemetery. Apparently, people even hold weddings there.

The Little White House in Warm Springs, GA.
Our last day was spent in Warm Springs at Franklin Roosevelt's Little White House. We had been there before but again the visitor's center had undergone some renovations which enhanced our visit. The house itself was not opulent but a simple refuge for the President.

Now, the irony is that while the Northeast was baking in the heat, it was actually cooler (and that was relative) in Atlanta. Go figure. I watched the news each night and noticed the horrid heat here at home.

I want to leave you with a happy thought. I just got this link in an email. I hope it puts a smile on your face, too.

Enjoy the music and the video.


  1. Great pictures, Nan! Glad you enjoyed the trip. Thanks for the kind words!

  2. Just watched the video, how lovely if every day could be like that. Hugs to you. Linda x