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A weekend of big spending, gluttony and a lot of fun!

Leah had her Fall break from school on 10/16 & 10/19 so we decided to take a long weekend family trip. This was also a combined celebration of Nancy’s and my 20th anniversary and Nancy’s birthday. I got a great deal on rooms at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta so we booked 3 nights there. We got a room on the 39thfloor and it immediately became worth it when Leah and Nancy both got excited with the view the moment we walked in the room. And if you think that was good they were beside themselves when we came back to the room after dinner to see the lights of Atlanta spread before us outside our window. Leah was so excited with the hotel I can hardly describe it. We just sat there for a while and enjoyed the static light show. Here are the night shot pics from our room.

Atlanta Lights

Atlanta Lights

 

More Atlanta Lights

More Atlanta Lights

What frosted the cake for me was when I woke up early in the morning to see a silhouette of  Leah sitting up Indian style in her bed just quietly absorbing the view. That made the weekend for me right there.

We got up Saturday morning and had a full day planned at the Georgia Aquarium. We were told to plan a full day for this. I guess maybe we have been blessed with seeing more than one large aquarium in our years (Shedd in Chicago & Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga). So we didn’t really see anything new here. Except for the 4 whale sharks in the huge ocean display aquarium. That really was cool. We walked in at 10 AM and were done by 2 PM including seeing the shark exhibit, the 4D movie, lunch and Leah getting her face painted and buying a souvenir. I’m glad we went. But it was a bit pricey ($100 for the 3 of us) and I probably wouldn’t be inclined to go there again. Here are some shots from the aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium

Leah & the Lionfish

Leah & the Lionfish

 

Don't be crabby

Don't be crabby

 

Sea Nettle Ballet

Sea Nettle Ballet

Ocean View

Ocean View

Mug shot 2

Mug shot 2

 

Mug shot 1

Mug shot 1

Since the aquarium didn’t take as long as we thought we had some extra time. So the logical thing to do was to go tour the World of Coke Museum right next to the aquarium. I have to say, I acutally enjoyed this more than the aquarium and even though I have been more of a Pepsi man (mmmm….especially Mountain Dew) over my life I left this tour withthe desire to consume more Coke products. That means they did a good job. This tour was a lot of fun withtwo short films, different galleries, a room where you can sit and watch Coke commercials from all over the world (this was really cool) and the final room where you can sample Coke products from around the world. I have to admit I left with more than a slight bloated feeling! You also get to take home an 8 oz bottle of Coke bottled right there on the premisis. We will be consuming these on Friday when we have pizza & movie night. I have numerous pics of this tour but I’ll just keep it to a bare minimum. I really enjoyed the World of Coke.

World of Coke

World of Coke

The Artifact Room

The Artifact Room

 

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

On Saturday night we had a different, wonderful and very expensive dinner at Fire of Brazil. It’s basically a meat fest. They cook all kinds of different meats over open flame on skewers and bring it out to you and lop off a chunk for you. My kind of place. Nancy enjoyed it but some of the offerings were a little on the undercooked side for her taste. Leah didn’t care for it all that much but found plenty to eat (Brazillian french fries and roased potatos and a few chunks of meat). Probably won’t ever go back there again. It’s a been there done that kind of place for us. Especially for the price.

Sunday was bike ride day. We had a leisurely morning and we were in no hurry to get out and ride as it was very windy with a low in the 30’s. We were setting out to ride the Silver Comet Trail starting in Rockmart, GA. We managed to stop for lunch at Ted’s Montana Grill before we started riding. We were tentative about it right up until about 2 PM when we finally started riding. Temp warmed to about 50 but the wind was biting but once we got rolling everyone was comfortable. Nancy was still not feeling 100% (cold/congestion) but she did great and since Leah was on the back of the tandem I was cutting the wind a bit for her. We started heading west but it proved to be a bit on the hilly side so we turned back torward Rockmart and headed East from there. That suited our family riding pace much better. Ended up getting a total of 15 miles in and just under 2 hours out including stops. I was hoping for 20 miles or so but considering Nancy was a bit under the weather 15 was great. It really was a great time. We will probably be going back just to ride the trail. Here are some pics of the ride.

Silver Comet Trail

Silver Comet Trail

Daddy and his stoker

Daddy and his stoker

Great view from park in Rockmart, GA

Great view from park in Rockmart, GA

On Sunday evening I finally really started feeling hungry again for the first time since Friday night after dinner. An indication over eating? No? I guess a little fresh air and some peddling the tandem around helped out a little. Nancy chose a modern, trendy looking Greek restuarant for dinner called Kyma. It was in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. I have to say the food was excellent. Being a meat & taters kind of guy I was daring and tried some new stuff. I really enjoyed this place. It was only slightly less expensive than Fire of Brazil but unlike Fire of Brazil I would actually come back to Kyma. It was an enjoyable night. But once again I left a restuarant uncomfortably stuffed!

Monday we putzed around in the morning, had some breakfast and checked out as late as possible (noon). We walked a round the sky bridges a little bit just to explore. I think we were all a bit bummed to have to call an end to this long weekend. A great time was had by all. We will probably be visiting Atlanta and/or the surrounding area in the near future. We especially want to explore a lot more of the Silver Comet Trail on our bikes. Maybe we will try to get in another “downtown” type excursion again too but that won’t happen too quickly. We will need to save up a little money for a repeat of that.

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