Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Atlanta Day 3

We had another fun and busy day in the city of Atlanta!  I, once again slept in after a very late night while Peter went off to class.  The afternoon sessions did not pertain to Peter so we had the whole afternoon to head out to the city and do some sightseeing.  

We walked down to our lunch location of Gladys Knight and Ron Winans Chicken and Waffles.  

After lunch, we hopped on some public transportation down to the "touristy" district. Our first spot we visited was Centennial Olympic Park.  The park was beautiful and so well kept up!

The next stop on our tour was The New World of Coca-Cola.  We were surprised at just how much there was to see and do there.  Our favorite was the tasting room. Peter wandered around trying them all (over 60 flavors from around the world).  I tried a few - some really good, like melon and pineapple coconut. Others not so good like mint.  I knew the factory had my most favorite pop flavor - Manzana Lift from Mexico, so I was content to sit on the sidelines and drink a few glasses while Peter wandered around the tasting room.

 And then we walked next door to the very large aquarium!  It was by far the best aquarium I've ever been to!

Peter playing with the sting rays. I kept my hands out of all of the touch tanks - thank you very much!

I loved seeing some unique animals I had never seen before - like this white alligator.

We went to the aquarium at the perfect time.  It was after 6PM and the staff there said it was always calm, like you have the place to yourself in the evening!  The adorable little otters were conked out from a day of play. I loved them!

Not the best pictures but these are little dragonfish. Something else unique that I had never seen before.

Beluga Whales (another poor photo)

This tank was awesome and we spent a lot of time just sitting and enjoying it. The picture does not do the size of these whale sharks and sting rays.  They were huge!

                                      These were cool little critters that looked like straws!

                                                        Another fun little tropical tank!

I am kind of "in" to frogs right now and there was a whole exhibit of different types of frogs from around the world.  I won't bore you with all of those photos but this guy was pretty cool.  He looked like wax and ironically is called a wax monkey frog :)

They also had a couple dolphins. I never got a good picture of them but still wanted to put this one in there for my own memory.  They were really funny and very interactive with all of us watching them.

We were worn out after a busy day, but still had a long walk back to the MARTA station, then a ride up north a bit to a local favorite restaurant - Flying Biscuits Cafe.  It was the type of restaurant that would fit in very well in Portland.  Turkey bacon,  tofu sausages, whole wheat french toast with a yummy raspberry glaze.  It is a southern breakfast with a twist.  It was all pretty good food and a fun little change of pace.

Then it was another long walk back to the hotel for some relaxation. We were really worn out but still stayed up way too late. Gotta love timezone changes!