Posts Tagged 'GEORGIA'

 
October 29
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Fall is here so the weather is crisp and just beautiful. We spent a day at Stone Mountain Park this past weekend. The pumpkin festival has been going on for weeks at Stone Mountain, but we finally made it out to catch the end tail of it.

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September 10
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The Lantern Parade is on its 5th year and it’s getting bigger and bigger each year. This is my first year going, so my lanterns were no where up to par as what I photographed here. Next year, I will be more ready! Since it’s such a huge thing in the Asian culture, and I grew up attending the Mid-Autumn festivals at my church every year, this was a must see festival for me! According to Wikipedia, the mid-autumn festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese and Vietnamese calendars, during a full moon, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, within 15 days of the autumnal equinox. The festivals celebrate family, community, a good harvest, and a prosperous life.

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The walk on the Beltline is absolutely amazing. There are no cars, so everyone is a pedestrian or cyclist. There are lots of dogs and puppies walking the path with their owners and plenty of restaurants/bars to stop in for a bite to eat or a good cocktail.

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 Atlanta Beltline Lantern Festival

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August 01
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We took the Marta into the city today to photograph the city and to just walk through Piedmont Park and Midtown, Atlanta. We stopped in many different neighborhoods, went in search of Highland Bakery only to find it closed at 5 pm, and then walked through most of Piedmont Park. My feet are killing me [need to wear my converse next time I do this walk], but this picture really captures today. We walked for miles and miles through the city, the high rises all looming over us, coffee shops everywhere, the hustle of the Friday traffic against the early weekend starters.

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July 24
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We did your quarterly visit to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens again last week. Some new exhibits came out, but the old ones are also now in full bloom and beautiful. botanicalsummr01

 

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June 30
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Summer walks on the Chattahoochee with a good cup of coffee and cute pet are the best. Bring a good book and chill out on the lawn of the coffee shop that borders the river too. I love this place, in all seasons!! People are starting to kayak, go tubing down the river, or just swim! chattahoochee36   chattahoochee32   chattahoochee33 Read more …

 
June 20
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Tybee Island was recommended to us by pretty much everyone in Savannah. It’s the closest beach from Savannah, so we made a pit stop there to get our dose of sun and sand. Since it was a weekday, we were expecting it to be empty….but it is not. I forget it’s summer, so families are all out with their rainbow umbrellas and coolers. One thing I noticed here that is not in California where I come from…they bring out wheelbarrows into the sand filled with blankets, coolers, shovels, and everything else needed for a day in the sun! That is such a great idea!

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The beach city is quaint and not too loud. There isn’t the hustle bustle of a busy city, and even the kids are not screaming and being too crazy. The beach scene is like a time lapse to the 50s era, with radio boxes, low beach chairs, and vibrant umbrellas. Even the bathing suit styles here are more of the one piece 50s style which I think is coming back big time and so cute.

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June 19
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We took an impromtu road trip to Savannah on Monday and I’m so happy we finally got to see this amazing town. As the oldest city in the Georgia, Savannah still holds on to most of its history in its architecture, in the large oak trees with Spanish moss, and the wrought iron structures that came from all over the world. We ate so much good food and I yelped about it all here at Debby L.   I also made a list of all the places I went to in Savannah so you can check it out here. If you ever get a chance to see Savannah, be sure to walk through all the little niches and you’ll discover some amazing local artists, hole in the wall Caribbean food, and memories to last a lifetime.
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 Forsyth Park is a great place to set up a picnic on a warm day, sit under the oak trees and people watch!

 

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The Paris Market in the Historic District has amazing old Parisian things for sale. The outside decor completely caught my eye and I had to make a run through the store  to see what they had, and also grab a macaroon or two! They also have a really cute coffee area inside the market and if I didn’t JUST come from Coffee Fox across the street, I would have stopped in for some coffee here! It’s bookmarked for the next time I’m in Savannah!

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The Coffee Fox has great quiches and coffee! We tried the Mexican Mocha and the Horchata Latte. Both are amazingly tasty.

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Gotta stop at Paula Dean’s place and see what it’s all about! Butter, of course.

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Alligator Soul is one of those restaurants where you tell your facebook friends that you’re going to Savannah, and immediately everyone says Alligator Soul. I ran into a girlfriend at the waxing parlor in Atlanta, and told her I was taking the next few days to go to Savannah. She is pregnant and constantly has pregnant brain….but not when it comes to Alligator Soul! This place did not disappoint at all. The oysters a la soul are something to be reckoned with. The habanero sauce that accompanies the dish brings it just to another level. The Hilbo sauce is the chef’s signature, and it is incorporated into many of the dishes like the ribeye and lamb.

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Candy stores are all over the Historical District, so we stopped by the River Street Sweets near our hotel. The praline bites are made in house, fresh, and they let you sample a piece as soon as you walk in. They are quite addicting so don’t be shocked if you walk out with a fresh bag of them to take home!

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Hueys on the River is a must do for breakfast brunch. They are located on the riverfront, so you can walk through the whole strip to shop, buy souvenirs, get ice cream…and then have brunch here. The parmesan garlic grits are some of the best I’ve ever had, and the crab cake benedict is hands down my favorite benedict thus far.

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April 25
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We take long walks a lot in the area. The tree colors are all changing from brown to green, and there is so much to take in. We stumbled onto this fair a few days ago and we decided to come back today right around sunset. We planned on having “dinner” here, which I was anticipating as hot dogs, nachos, and cotton candy. However, we ended up having the most yummy falafel, gyro, baked potatoes, and the best lemonade over. We even got in a few wine tastings from Total Wine! I took home a freshly popped bag of kettle corn too.

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