When we started talking about this year’s road trip we both had thoughts for where we wanted to go. I wanted to head to Atlanta and then to Savannah. Craig wanted to go to Dallas. We thought that we had it narrowed down to just Atlanta and Dallas, but the more we talked the more that since we would be in the area that maybe we should visit some other places. We finally decided on Atlanta, University of Alabama, New Orleans and Dallas. We knew it was going to be a long trip, but it would be a fun one.
The first stop on our trip was Atlanta. We got in late on Thursday night so we checked into the hotel, grabbed something to eat and then went to our rooms. We had a busy day ahead of us and wanted to be fresh & ready to go in the morning. The following morning we headed to the Swan House. It was built in 1928 for Edward and Emily Inman. Edward Inman died in 1931, but Emily and her family lived there until 1965. The house and grounds were acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966. It still has many of the original furnishing. There was even an “interactive” element. They had actors that were dressed in clothing from the time period and took different roles in the home. It was very interesting to see.
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On our way to the Swan House we saw a film crew so we decided to check out the area a bit more before we left. We saw a few police cars with Beverly Hills on the side and the film crew was at one of the mansions near the Swan House. We couldn’t see anything, but were thinking that maybe it was for the new Beverly Hills Cop. While driving around we went past the Governor’s Mansion, but it past the time of tours. So we went to our next destination, The World of Coca Cola.
As you enter the building you enter a room filled with Coca Cola memorabilia from around the world and then you are swooped off to a movie theatre to see a short film. After the movie the screen rises and you walk into the main building. There was an area to create your own coca cola can and another to explore the history of coca cola and the secret formula. Our favorite room was the Coca Cola around the world room. It had samples of yummy and some not so yummy flavors. As we left the building we all got to pick a bottle of Coca Cola as a souvenir.
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We had a quick lunch at the cafe near the World of Coca Cola and then decided to spend some time in the air conditioned car, so we drove to Senoia to check out the town of Woodbury from the Walking Dead. Unfortunately by the time we got there most of the stores were closed including the Walking Dead store. We drove around and took a few pictures. We were just about ready to leave when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. I had Craig turn around and there it was, tucked away behind a bunch of houses was the set for the current town in the Walking Dead. It was Alexandria in all it’s glory. Complete with a perimeter of steel walls. I’m not even sure how we missed it the first time around. We were so excited that we decided to head to a location where they were supposed to be filming and we actually found it. As we were walking to the bridge they were filming on we saw Michael Cudlitz just walking across the street. For whatever reason it didn’t even dawn on me to take a photo. We did however get to see a walker, well at least the part of him that wasn’t hidden by the umbrella.
We checked out a few different spots but after awhile we were all feeling a bit drained from all of the humidity & it was getting late so we decided to head back to the hotel and grab something to eat. I personally thought that it was a fun day. I love all of the scenery in Atlanta, but not quite sure I could handle all of the humidity that they bring.