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Welcome to Atlanta


Atlanta Skyline from my hotel room
Atlanta Skyline from my hotel room

Thursday night puts me at LaGuardia Airport. The best thing is, I only paid $2.75 to get there as it's easily accessible from Midtown, New York. The N train to Roosevelt Ave followed by a free shuttle bus to the Airport. A quick stop to see the renovated AA lounge and then on my way to the plane.


Once In Atlanta, caught an Uber to the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The hotel is centrally located and has a lot around it. I checked in at 1 am and after a room swap due to faulty equipment, I was situated. Had to be up early the next day for work and took care of that but immediately as 5 pm hit, I was out. I had a cousin I hadn’t seen in a while and I spent the night at his house with the family. Not a typical vacation move but what’s more important than family?


John Pemberton making Coca Cola
John Pemberton making Coca Cola

The next day I walked to Pemberton place. I stopped at the Aquarium ($47.99), the Coca-Cola museum ($19.00), and the Civil Rights Museum. ($19.99) This is a great area to see three things at once and utilize a short stay in Atlanta.


From there, I took an Uber to Ponce Market. They have a collection of food here that has something for everyone’s needs. I had lunch at Atrium and dessert at Honeysuckle Gelato.

Now I can actually say I've had shrimp and grits. From there, it was a little shopping at Nike and a few other stores. Not my typical travel itinerary but a chance to pick up a fresh pair of Nikes, I won't pass up.



Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and Grits

Headed back to the hotel and started packing as I was leaving the next day. Headed downstairs to have one more dinner at High Velocity. It's a great restaurant in the lobby of the hotel and it has a pool table although I wasn't sure if it was in use.



I left the next day but not before stopping at the Delta Flight Museum. I have no doubt I’d be back, especially since I’ve yet to try a Waffle House.


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