ATLANTA: DOGWOOD FESTIVAL

Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
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Trip End Jun 28, 2013


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

I wasn't sure what I was going to do today and I kind of regretted wasting an extra day in Atlanta, but it didn't end to badly.

The day dawned beautiful in stark contrast to yesterday's shite weather. Back into the t-shirt and shorts.

After breakfast, I jumped on the ipad and googled 'things to do in Atlanta' and as it turned out there was a festival on at Piedmont Park, just on the fringe of the CBD. It is called the Dogwood Festival and it is held annually at this time of the year to coincide with the blooming of the native Dogwood trees. Basically, it is an arts and crafts festival but also has all the other bells and whistles like food, grog, music, rides, etc.

I headed to the local MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) or to put it another way, the train station, to try my hand at the local public transport. After steering blankly at the information board for 5 minutes, a cop, who obviously felt sorry for me, asked if I needed a hand. He helped me buy the card, load the required fare on to it, and sent he in the direction of the Northbound train. He'd told me what stop to get off at so it was all pretty simple. Upon my arrival at said stop, another joker pointed me in the direction of Piedmont Park, which was about a 10 minute walk away.

On the way, I walked past Margaret Mitchell's House. She was the lady who apparently wrote 'Gone with the Wind'. Who feckin cares I reckon. So I took the photo and kept walking.

Piedmont Park is a gorgeous piece of greenery that has the Atlanta skyline as a backdrop. There is a big lake in the middle and it is popular amongst families, walkers and joggers. The good news is you didn't feel unsafe walking around either. There were a lot more families walking around this part of Atlanta and a lot less thugs.

On this particular day everyone seemed happy and having a good time. There were some people playing a game that resembled rugby, only with a frisbee. Looked like good fun.

There was also a dog frisbee catching competition on with people of all levels attending. Some of them were crap but others were great.

Obviously the frisbee is popular in these parts.

I spent a few hours taking it all in and trying to avoid the vast range of fried food on offer. Check out the photos of some of it. Unbelievable !

Once I'd had enough, I headed back in the direction of the train station and stopped off at a Mexican restaurant for lunch and a couple of Coronas. When in Rome ....

Full as a bull, I waddled the rest of the way back to the train station and caught the train back to the station I was going to need to catch my bus out of town from tomorrow morning. I wanted to do a reccy as I am using Megabus and not Greyhound for my trip to Orlando. I worked out where the bus would be leaving from and where I needed to be. I jumped back on the train and headed back to my hotel to settle in. No dinner tonight. The late lunch had well and truly sorted me out.

I had to pop out and get some bits and pieces that I was running short of and finally found where all the cool restaurants were located. To bloody late sadly as I was leaving tomorrow. Oh well, live and learn.

Early start tomorrow, so another quiet night in Gangstaville for me. 9 hours of bus travel ahead. Can't wait !

Over and out.
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