Driving in Atlanta & Georgia- big city & big state
Atlanta used to be called "Hotlanta" for all its trendy style.
Now, it still has some of the charm of an old southern city but it may get lost in some of the worst traffic you might come across plus---nothing seems to be "close".
There is so much history to Atlanta and the surrounding region. Whether you are a Civil War buff, a sports fan or want to visit the south's largest aquarium, Atlanta has it all. When I first visited Atlanta 20 years ago and saw the "Underground" and the World of Coca Cola Museum, I was impressed by the large number of trees and wooded areas of Atlanta and its suburbs. There are hills, rivers, change of colors, and diverse ecology. And you are close driving distance to many unique areas from the plains and cotton fields to the North Georgia Mountains.
Hey Y'all and more of that good ol' Southern drawl
People all across America make fun of the Southern accent. It's funny, but in movies famous actors and actresses are all trying to get it right. Perhaps no one better does the Southern drall than Reese Witherspoon or Renee Zellweger. But, hey, they're from the South. How about Nicole Kidman in "Cold Mountain"? I heard she spent many nights listening to tracks of a Charleston accent - while she slept - so she could get it right. Don't know much about Charleston, but she hit the accent alright.
When you come to the South, don't make fun of the way we talk. It's hot most of the year and slow speech is a natural byproduct of that. I hear that "y'all" might even be in the new Websters soon. Here's a sample of southern speech, because you'll get a "down home reception" if you try it out on the locals.
y'all - perhaps the most famous word from the South. It means "you all". Everybody uses it.
fixin' - well, this means "about to ...". For example, "I'm fixin' to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken to get me a bucket o' chicken legs."
ain't - means "(to be) not". For example, "I ain't doing nothing that you ain't already done yourself." Huh? I don't understand either, but I know I've heard this spoken a time or two.
For more info on the "Georgia dialect" and samples of speech, see the website.
All Saints Episcopal Church Gardens
We passed this church while walking to The Varsity off the MARTA. They have very beautiful landscaping and gardens. It has a very serene atmosphere for being right in the middle of midtown. I am glad that we happened to stumble upon it.
Running Need some Work?
The Big Peach has something to offer all runners--from novice to competitive racers. The selection is enormous and the service is excellent.
Not sure which shoe is best for you? Run on the indoor treadmill as an expert checks out your gait and foot position while running.
The store also hosts a local running club. Check the store out for details.
10% discount for all military, fire or police personnel Shoes, running apparel and gear.
From the Airport to .... anywhere
You can catch a train at the airport that will take you directly to downtown or midtown with little grief for a bargain $1.75. They have multi-day passes available as well.
I heard conflicting advice as to whether it was safe to ride at night, but we never felt in danger. It did get pretty crowded a few times though.
Much cheaper than taking a taxi, though.