A New York Minute in Atlanta
Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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Across Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, I found the world headquarters for CNN. They offer a tour that takes guests through windowed walkways above the studios and offers behind the scenes look at how the news is gathered, some of the technology used in filming, and how programs come together before they are broadcast around the world. It was an interesting tour and the guide was very informative on what was going on in each area.
My last stop in Atlanta was to the World of Coke Museum. Despite feeling like one gigantic commercial in building form, it was a neat walk along the path of a company that has truly ingrained itself as a cultural icon in our society. They house a number of art exhibits inspired by their product, a massive collection of memorabilia, a couple of large screen films that are mostly hokey ads or (the more interesting) commercials from around the world, a small scale bottling facility viewable from a glass hallway, and they also have a sampling room which I believe we were told contained about 64 different varieties of beverages produced by Coca Cola around the world. I, like many others, made a point to sample a couple small swallows of each and every one available. Some are good and some not so much, but by the end of it you will probably realize that a couple swallows of 64 different drinks can really add up. On the way out of the tasting room each person is given a complimentary bottle of Coca Cola from the Museum's bottling plant before passing through the obligatory gift shop before the exit. Of the many items for sale, I thought the pop-tab purse for $265.00 was particularly extravagant.
Heading south from Atlanta, I made my way to Macon, GA and decided to go see Alice in Wonderland in 3-D at a nearby theater. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good movie with a somewhat goofy ending, but I would recommend it if you were thinking of going. Just keep in mind that it is Tim Burton, so you might want to see it yourself before trying to take the kids.