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Old 07-31-2013, 01:53 PM   #16
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Saturday, July 27

We had such a busy day yesterday that we slept in a little today. Which broke the #1 rule of touring…..Get there at rope drop! This would come back to bite us later today.

We did have some drama this morning however. After I showered, DD hopped in the shower. After her shower, the knob on the shower broke! So we had to call maintenance. The maintenance man came and looked at it and determined that the knob had been installed incorrectly and he would have to replace it! It ended up taking him an hour to get the knob fixed. My husband called the front desk and they did give him a key to another room so that he could take a shower and get ready.

With all of the sleeping in and the shower messing up, it was 11:00 before we finally left the room. Our goal today was to hopefully see the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke and possibly do the CNN Tour.

We chose to take the Atlanta Metro- The MARTA, today instead of taking our car. Traffic and parking in Atlanta can be somewhat of a mess, so we decided to take public transportation. The MARTA is clean and easy to use for those of you planning to travel to Atlanta.

The closest MARTA station was a couple blocks away from our hotel. We did have to wait a while for a train since they were running on a Saturday schedule.

Once we arrived at our destination- Peachtree Center, we decided to eat lunch there. There is a small mall with a food court there. DH and I had our favorite- Chick Fil-A, and DD found some pasta.


We then walked to the Aquarium. It is about a 2-3 block walk, all downhill. But it is uphill on the way back..ugh!


By the time we got to the Aquarium, the crowds were CRAZY! There were very long lines to purchase tickets and to get in.

The World of Coke is in the same plaza so we went there to see about the wait. We decided to wait, hoping the line would move quickly. We ended up waiting over 1 ½ hours to get in. The World of Coke is nice, but I really don’t think I would do it again.
You start in the museum with a short film, then you are on your own to explore. They show you the vault where the secret formula is kept. You can also see how Coke is bottled. The bottles they create there are given to you at the end of your tour. There is a room where you can watch old Coke films. They also have a 4-D movie (so we saw two 4-D movies in two days). At the end of the tour is a room where you can taste flavors of Coke from around the world. Similar to Club Cool in Epcot, this room is much larger and features more flavors of soda. You can also taste flavors of Coke sold in the United States.



As you exit the tour, you are given an 8 oz, souvenir bottle of Coke.
You exit into a gift shop (just like Disney). If you are a Coke collector, then this would be heaven for you! I purchased some post cards for my travel journal and a Christmas ornament. (I try to purchase a Christmas ornament for our tree from all the places we travel),

When we exited the World of Coke, we noticed that the lines for the Aquarium were very low, so we decided to go ahead and tour the Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest in the world and has some good features. They have a tank that you walk through with some very large sharks.
One of the highlights is the Dolphin Tales show. We were able to get into a show at the last minute. This show has dolphins doing a variety of tricks. (Similar to a show at Sea World) Sorry no pictures, since they do not allow photography during the show. After the Dolphin show, we walked around to a few more exhibits. By this time it was 6:00 pm. And we were getting a little tired and hungry. We decided to start heading back to the hotel and get some dinner. We took a quick walk through of Olympic park (remember the Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta in 1996) and headed the three blocks to the MARTA station.

We had planned to just eat at a restaurant located in the mall that is attached to our hotel. But when we arrived there, we noticed that all of the restaurants were closed! Since these restaurants are located in a downtown area, they tend to close up on weekends. We decided to just relax and order a pizza. The pizza was surprisingly good (maybe cause we were starving by this point). I had also brought a couple of sodas and snacks to go with our pizza.

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and I updated my Travel Smash book.

Next up: Atlanta Braves Baseball!!
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