A special thank you must go to Bert for all the planning of all to do, and the logistics of getting it all done. Thank you Bert!
Oh! Before you start reading...a little note re photographs. There are not many photos in this first post about Day 1. I kind of forgot to take them :-( But fear not, I took more on the next days so there will be more photos in the posts for Day 2, 3 etc. So stick with me - it will get better I promise!
I got the bus to Dublin airport early Wednesday morning for my 11am flight.
I landed in Atlanta and met with Bert and it was ON!
Our first stop was in Hapeville, GA which was very close to the airport, where we visited the Dwarf House. This is the Home of the Chick Fil A sandwich and site of the first ever filet of chicken sandwich. The food (chicken filet!) was fab and the people working there were so nice. When they heard I had just arrived from Ireland I was presented with a t-shirt, stuffed toy, reproduction 1950's menu and a hat. How amazing is that!!!
We then went to Atlanta! A quick stop off at Bert's condo to drop off my stuff and we were out pounding the pavement.
- Old Fourth Ward
- Auburn Avenue – this is the Historic Black Business District / Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement
- Martin Luther King Jr / Coreta Scott King tombs. Looking back, having seen MLK's tomb is more impactful on me now, post visiting the Centre for Human and Civil Rights (Day 4)
- Ebenezer Baptist Church - where MLK preached
- Wheat Street Baptist Church
- Radio Station W.E.R.D. / Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
- Royal Peacock (nightclub)
- Edgewood Ave - I liked this area/neighbourhood
- Inman Park – Atlanta’s first suburb (now part of the city) where we saw lovely Victorian homes...and a funny Police lock-up box for drunken people in older times!!!
- Trolley Barn
- Cabbagetown - I love the houses/atmosphere in this area. It's kind of quirky and reminded me of Key West
- Krog Tunnel - beautiful artwork/murals
- Living Walls Murals - beautiful murals painted by invited artists
- Cabbagetown Park
- Tiny Doors ATL - these are the cutest little art installations of tiny doors which you must keep an eye out for!
Again more nice friendly people! We passed a house with an old man sitting out on his porch who spoke with us - Bert remembered him from speaking with him on a previous stroll through Cabbagetown. When he heard I was from Ireland he told a funny story about The Quiet Man film...