"Atlanta - full of surprises" Top 5 Page for this destination Atlanta by rexvaughan

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Cultural Center

Most people (including myself) do not think of Atlanta as a great center for art and culture. However, in recent years there have been some really significant developments. The High Museum of Art has had some really great exhibits including works from around the world. We even saw Van Gogh's "Starry Night" there. They are currently undergoing a $140 million expansion so things will be even better. Also, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is having an exhibit of works by Dale Chihuly the glass artist from Seattle. The picture here is some of his work in the Garden with the Atlanta skyline in the background. I will add more on the Garden and do a Travelogue.

I actually live in Decatur just on the east side of Atlanta and have separate pages on Decatur on some sights, shopping and great restaurants. The restaurants I have listed are generally individually owned and operated and not on most tourist sites and you will encounter mostly local folks eating there. The link to my Decatur page is below. (Thanks to Geoff Wright for helping me get the link working - those Brits are so clever!)
Decatur, Georgia

Saint of Nonviolence

Any visit to Atlanta should include a visit to the Martin Luther King Center and Ebenezer Baptist Church. They are side by side and most moving exhibitions on the American civil rights movement and on the life of Dr. King. Just down the street from the Center and Church is the house where he was born.

America's Team

The Atlanta Braves really became "America's Team" because of Ted Turner's Superstation. They have a following all over the US. This photo was taken recently at a Braves/New York Mets game. Even if you are not a fan you should go to a game. The stadium was built for the 1996 Olympics and then reconfigured for the Braves. It is called Turner Field, but locals sometimes refer to it as "The Ted." The Braves can't seem to win many World Series, but have won their division every year since the MIRACLE YEAR of 1991.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A great past and a lovely present
  • Cons:Traffic is horrendous
  • In a nutshell:Old and New South meet here
  • Intro Updated Feb 27, 2007
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  • chattygirl7491's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    That garden is on my bucket list ..

  • Feb 25, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Hi Again when will you organize this show in 2010 ??? [url=http://www.bloom.uk.com/]silk flowers [/url]

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    great tips rex. as you noticed i am coming to atlanta in about a month time and i might be back with a couple of questions. i will be extremely busy though so i donīt know if i will have the time to meet up but i will see what i can do.

  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    I am looking forward to meeting you. thanks for the warm welcome

  • dancinbudgie's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Hi Rex! Love your Atlanta page. Gone with the wind was my girlhood favourite! Odd to see aboriginal art here! Tracey

  • Jan 11, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Thanks for your tips on Atlanta, really looking forward to coming over now :-) Looking forward to seeing you in a few months! :-)

  • Sep 17, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    How can anything be "overly" patriotic? We need to be very and even "overly" patriotic about the country that, although it is far from perfect, is the one country that has given freedom and opportunity to more of its citizens than any other country.

  • am&pm's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2007 at 6:02 AM

    We're going to a Braves/Mets game April 8 and hope to spend a day in Atlanta later that week. Your tips have been very helpful--I am printing them to bring with us! If you'd like--e-mail me your contact info. Thanks!! Angie and Paul

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2006 at 6:05 PM

    Hi Rex - nice place - botanical garden and the Mitchell story

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2006 at 11:11 AM

    Atlanta has alot to offer! Thanks for the excellent tips--the Stone Mt. carving looks like quite an undertaking!


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