Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama

Trip Start Jan 27, 2010
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Friday, March 12, 2010

We woke up yesterday and the rain had just about stopped. We had another look around the Atlanta city which is really nice, there are some really nice buildings, and then walked about a mile to Turner Field where the 1996 Olympic opening ceremony was held. We saw the Olympic cauldron and Turner Field which has been turned into a baseball stadium. We walked back towards our hotel and saw the Martin Luther King grave site and reflection pool. The rain had stopped so we decided to drive back to Stone Mountain. When were got there we couldn't see much, the cloud was very low so that was a bit disappointing. We could only just see the bottom of the carving. We were interested in seeing the Olympic cycling velodrome which was out at the Stone Mountain but found out it was dismantled after the Olympics, we went past the site of the velodrome and it is now a songbird habitat. We stopped and had a look and we could definitely hear a lot of birds there. There was a trail we could have walked but it was very wet from the rain they had in the past day so we decided not to do it.  We drove back to Atlanta and went out for dinner at Hard rock Café and had some vegetables! It was good. We had another look at the Olympic Centennial Park, it was much nicer looking around it and not getting saturated!

Today we left Atlanta and drove to Montgomery. We are following a suggested driving itinerary and it suggested we drive to Mobile today, but we decided to break the trip up and stayed about half way in Montgomery, about 170 miles from Atlanta. We crossed the Alabama state line and drove into more rain, but by the time we got to Montgomery it had stopped again. We got a park at the visitor center and got a downtown map. Montgomery, which is Alabama’s state capital, has over 200 thousand residents but the downtown area feels like a small town. There is a lot of civil rights history here, and that was interesting learning more about that. We got subway for lunch...more vegetables! We walked up the hill and went inside the Alabama capital building, built in 1851, it was really  beautiful inside. We also went to Old Alabama Town where there was 6 blocks of authentically restored buildings, that was really interesting. We went inside Ordeman Town house built in 1852. It was beautifully restored and still had the kitchen, slave quarters and stables outside the main house.

We walked back toward the Visitor center and saw the Hank Williams statue. We stopped and had a look at the Alabama river which had broken its banks.  A woman at the visitor center told us they’ve had a lot of rain. There is supposed to be a concert at the amphitheater tomorrow night (I took a photo of it) but it had to be moved to another location. We drove to our hotel about 6 miles from the downtown area.

Tomorrow we are driving to Mobile and then onto New Orleans on Sunday.  Bye for now Dianne and Alan
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sis-deb on

hi you seasoned travellers, so far from home, wow the pics are gorgeous and so life like, the scenery must take your breath away, alls good back here, everyone is ok, hope you enjoyed your birthday sis, guess you couldnt have asked for anything more than a wee little holiday lol, ok me outa here, enjoy and stay safe xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

dianne.kennett on

Hi Deb, yes thankyou, I had a good Birthday. Yes the scenery is great, that's why we decided to hire a car and it's easy to drive here. Thanks for letting us know what's going on at home. We haven't had mobile reception for weeks so we aren't getting any messages, and we were wondering how everything was a home. We e-mailed Shane and Cherie but they haven't replied for some reason. Talk to you soon Dianne and Alan.

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