Friday, December 08, 2006

Atlanta

Though it was December, it was still fall in Atlanta.

Fall Leaves in December

The sterility of winter hadn't set in. The air was still warm, a little humid and fragrant, almost sweet. Flowers lingered on vines across chainlink fences in alley ways and sidewalk cracks. Some trees still had leaves, but many were busy turning.

Sunny Skies, Atlantified Signs A few days were quite warm (70's!), and on others, the skies were bright and blue, the sunshine being so much more intense in Atlanta.

There are lots of interesting little neighborhoods to explore In Atlanta, and in some of the artsier ones, people have taken it upon themselves to transmogrify street signs into petite billboards.

It's a different sort of place that produces "I love you" graffiti, don'tcha think?

Noam Chomsky Graffiti Quote Or better yet, contains buildings with quotes from Noam Chomsky and Arundhati Roy spray painted on their sides: "Everyone is worried about stopping terrorism. There is a simple solution. Stop participating in it."

Of course, this wasn't really my vision of the South. Nor did Atlanta live up to my companion's vision of it as a city chock-full of redheads and short, plump, mustachiod men.

It will live on in my memory as a place where bars could very well have skull facades.

vortex



Where new buildings tend to have quirky details.

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Where older, industrial spaces have been given new, artier looks.

bricks



Where restaurants in said renovated industrial spaces may have just been made over by a better version of trading spaces.

This is a light fixture from the Floataway Cafe.
I particularly enjoyed the long shear curtains that informally partitioned off the restaurant and seemed to float on a breeze that you never felt.

And as a land-locked city with a rockin' aquarium.

whaleshark

Whale Sharks! Can you believe it? They also had beluga whales. And the most amazing penguin exhibit I've seen yet.

Jelly Fish at the Georgia Aquarium A bunch of jelly fish, a coral reef (the entrance to that was spectacular!)

And some crazy spider crabs!

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Fabulous Atlanta!

6 comments:

AR said...

Oh, wow! Great pictures. You were probably warm, too. I'm freezing!

That aquarium looks amazing.

Aprilynne said...

What great pictures! I'm glad you had such a nice time there, you deserved a peaceful vacation!

Momo said...

Thanks gals. It was great!

Holly of HollYarns said...

Bea-u-ti-ful pictures! Looks like you saw lots of beauty in the place. I especially love the Noam Chomsky quote spray-painted on the wall!

kristinknits said...

You make me want to visit Atlanta! : ) I have always wanted to go to that aquarium.

Larjmarj said...

Great pics! Your take on the city is very surprising. I wouldn't have taken it as a place that has any quirk to it let alone Noam Chomsky quotes!