Monday, July 22, 2019

Things I love about #Atlanta

Just got back from my favorite place, Atlanta, GA! Every time I cross into Georgia, it welcomes me home. And it's especially dear to my heart because I got married there and my parents still live there. If you've never been, you must go!

Here's a little list of the things I love about Atlanta...
  • Finding shortcuts and driving opposite traffic - many folks complain about the traffic, and it is definitely horrendous if you have to go with the stop-and-go flow at rush hour. But there are so many shortcuts, if you know your way around.
  • The trees and nature - majestic, green, towering, shady trees -- especially nice around a hot ball field! Nowhere else are there trees like these. And I love zipping around on windy, hilly roads. Plus, there always seems to be a cool creek around the corner... and my parents have it all in their backyard!
  • The neighborhoods - there are some grand old homes and beautiful new estates. It's fun to just drive around and look.
  • The restaurants - from eclectic to down-home southern, there's always something new to try. Not only is the food delicious, but the atmosphere is always inviting, with outdoor seating available almost year-round. And many of the restaurants are unique to the area.
  • The low cost - everything is less expensive in Georgia. You can find pricey places to eat and shop, but you don't have to!
  • A fast-paced city with a slow, relaxed southern attitude - get there fast and enjoy your time while you're there.
  • Friendly southern hospitality - service with a smile most of the time, which seems to be harder and harder to find these days.
  • Tons to do - from sports: the Braves, Falcons, and Hawks; to the sites like the magnificent Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, and Underground Atlanta; to entertainment and parks: The Fabulous Fox Theater and Six Flags over Georgia, plus outdoor theaters, festivals, and more!
  • The rich diversity - culture, harmony, history. I taught in Atlanta for a few years and I thoroughly enjoyed all my students. Kids are all the same with loads of potential no matter where they're from or what they look like.
Here are a few pics from my Atlanta travels... (over the past few years)
my dad added on a lower deck
--it was finished and screened-in this year =)
can you see the deer?
from the screened-in porch!
spotted some duckies while hiking

me by the Chattahoochee River

gorgeous trees in the spring
but watch out for allergies!

my friend Tina and I
at the Flying Biscuit Cafe
I brought home some cranberry apple butter - mmm
Do you have a favorite place to visit? Ever been to Atlanta?

BUT WAIT! I have a special announcement!
The winner of my writer meme challenge is Juneta Key! Here's her creative, funny meme!

And her avatar prize...
Juneta Key
speculative fiction author

Now, here's a funny thing: I'm at her place today for the last stop on my Windy Hollow Release Tour!
The topic was a surprise, but now it's here so I can tell you... 

I hope you have time to stop by. Have a great week!


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your dad's place looks great.

I've been to Atlanta twice, both for book signings at the B&N downtown. Did not like the eight lanes of traffic going both ways completely stopped though.

Juneta key said...

Great post. I love my meme, thank you. I put it on my contact form, and use it in a writing forum I am on a lot. Thank you.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - great to see you ... and I love your Dad's place. Congratulations to Juneta - clever meme ... good luck - enjoy the break away ... cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You forgot to mention the Margaret Mitchell House, which is always closed when I am in Atlanta.

Congrats to Juneta!! That's a good one. I have had zero creative spark this summer, so I never came up with an entry.

Rhonda Albom said...

Congrats to Juneta. I was in Atlanta for the first time last year. We were planning to drive from Florida to Washington DC, but a big hurricane got in the way, so we changed the plan and drove to Chicago. Our second stop was Atlanta where we stayed with Jeff's cousins and met up with my old roommate in a fun and funky cafe. Not the one you went to. I can't remember the name, but it had a big tree in it. We didn't have enough time to explore, but it sounds like we missed a lot.

Patricia Lynne said...

I haven't been to Georgia. The closest was North Carolina after my brother died. I'd like to visit at least once, though.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

You seriously are making me want to move to Atlanta!

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Loving the look and sound of Atlanta, if ever I get to cross the pond I shall keep here in mind.

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