Georgia Vacation – Part Two: Atlanta II

The second day we were in Atlanta, we went to CNN’s World Headquarters. The CNN building was once an indoor amusement park and hotel. After 6 months, the amusement park went bankrupt, and CNN bought the building. The hotel is still functional and takes up a large amount of the building. CNN belongs to Turner Broadcasting, which is a corporation also responsible for  HLN, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, and many more. The tour was interesting. As some of you may know, my sister is a meteorologist for a local NBC affiliate. I had been in her studio a few times before, so it was cool to see the differences and some similarities the two studios share. Here are a few photos from the tour.

 

Before the tour. The family from left to right: Dad, Jen, Mom, Kristin, Greg, and Uncle Randy

Before the tour. The family from left to right: Dad, Jen, Mom, Kristin, Greg, and Uncle Randy

 

Before the tour. My brother-in-law, Greg, Me, and my sister, Kristin

Before the tour. My brother-in-law, Greg, Me, and my sister, Kristin

 

Offices at CNN and part of the hotel © Holly Hildreth 2011

Offices at CNN and part of the hotel

 

CNN Newsroom © Holly Hildreth 2011

CNN Newsroom

 

After our tour of CNN, we used our City Passes to go to the Atlanta Historical Center. My brother-in-law, Greg, is a history buff. On the way down, he was reading, “Team of Rivals,” which is a book as thick as a dictionary about Lincoln’s presidency. So, of course, he was totally into the museum as it was all about the Confederacy and their roll in the Civil War. It was unique to see the South’s side of the War. In school we were taught with a bias for the North. Celebrated generals and other historical figures from the North were cast in a slightly negative light. It wasn’t outrageously biased, but it was interesting to see the different perspectives.

The museum also featured a large wing devoted to the Atlanta Summer Olympics. It contained Olympic torches from nearly the past 100 years as well as the costumes from the opening ceremonies and a lot of the athletic equipment used.

Me in the Olympics Wing

Me in the Olympics Wing

The museum had two historical houses on the premises–one a farm and the other a mansion. Our City Passes let us tour one, so we picked the Swan House Mansion. The museum did not permit photography inside the house, so I was only able to get pictures around the premises.

Swan House Mansion © Holly Hildreth 2011

Swan House Mansion

 

Swan House Mansion © Holly Hildreth 2011

Swan House Mansion

 

Back side of the Swan House © Holly Hildreth 2011

Back side of the Swan House

 

Wall of the Swan House Garden © Holly Hildreth 2011

Wall of the Swan House Garden

 

As always, this is just a small sampling from the day’s shoot. Head over to my Flickr page to see the whole slideshow by clicking: HERE!

Georgia Vacation – Part One: Atlanta

I’m finally back from Georgia! We had a great vacation. We saw and did so much that it seems like we were there longer than a week. To get from Iowa to Atlanta was about 16 hours of driving. We broke the trip up, (which was a good thing, because there were 7 of us in a van that could comfortably fit 6). We stayed in Mt. Vernon, IL the first night. I drove us from Waverly to the hotel, which is about 7 1/2 hours. I’m used to that amount of driving since the trip from Warrensburg, MO to back home in Iowa is about 6 1/2 hours, so it wasn’t too bad. The next morning we drove from IL to Atlanta. I’ve always liked the South and thought it to be pretty country. I hadn’t been south of Missouri in about 7 years, so it was nice to see the area again. We got to our hotel in Alpharetta, Georgia, and hung out for the rest of the night. The following morning we headed into Atlanta. We got the City Pass, which is a bundle package rate for many attractions in the area. We started out at the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is only about 6 years old. It’s located in Olympic Park, next to the Coke Factory. It’s the largest aquarium in the World, and it’s a must-see for those vacationing in the area.

Entrance into the Georgia Aquarium © Holly Hildreth 2011

Entrance into the Georgia Aquarium

Inside the front entry © Holly Hildreth 2011

Inside the front entry

My sister, Jen, touching a stingray © Holly Hildreth 2011

My sister, Jen, touching a stingray

© Holly Hildreth 2011

Tide Pool area where you could touch the animals © Holly Hildreth 2011

Tide Pool area where you could touch the animals

Conan Dolphin © Holly Hildreth 2011

Conan Dolphin

The Family waiting for our behind-the-scenes tour

The Family waiting for our behind-the-scenes tour

The World's largest indoor aquarium. This is behind the scenes. We're above the aquarium looking down. The tank itself about a football field in size

The World's largest indoor aquarium. This is behind the scenes. (We're above the aquarium looking down). The tank itself about a football field in size.

Jellyfish © Holly Hildreth 2011

The Family

The Family

The World's Largest indoor aquarium © Holly Hildreth 2011

The World's Largest indoor aquarium

Whale Shark. This is the largest fish in the world, and the Georgia Aquarium is the only place to have one in captivity. Very little is known on the species, so having four of these fish is quite the feet. © Holly Hildreth 2011

Whale Shark. This is the largest fish in the world, and the Georgia Aquarium is the only place to keep them in captivity. Very little is known on the species, so having four of these fish is quite the feet.

Georgia Aquarium © Holly Hildreth 2011

The family in downtown Atlanta

The family in downtown Atlanta

After spending the morning at the Aquarium, we grabbed some lunch and headed over to the Coca-Cola Factory.

Waiting in line at the Coke Factory © Holly Hildreth 2011

Waiting in line at the Coke Factory

In line at the Coke Factory--it was HOT!! © Holly Hildreth 2011

In line at the Coke Factory--it was HOT!!

The entrance into the World of Coca-Cola © Holly Hildreth 2011

The entrance into the World of Coca-Cola

Olympic Torches at the Coke Factory  © Holly Hildreth 2011

Olympic Torches at the Coke Factory

A machine bottling and packaging bottles of Coke © Holly Hildreth 2011

A machine bottling and packaging bottles of Coke

Us Girls before the 4-D movie at Coke World © Holly Hildreth 2011

Us Girls before the 4-D movie at Coke World

Gift Shop © Holly Hildreth 2011

Gift Shop

After the tour of the factory, we headed back to our hotel. It was still very hot outside, so we took a dip in the outdoor pool and then played some cards.

Up Next: Georgia Vacation – Part II

Also, if you would like to see ALL the photos from our vacation, feel free to check out my Flickr. I only posted a few pictures in my blog, but I have about 160 proofs you can see if you watch the slideshow: CLICK HERE