Wednesday, August 31, 2011

World Athletes Monument: An Artistic Tribute With Healing Powers

World Athletes Monument
World Athletes Monument
I remember vividly the World Athletes Monument being the place where people went to mourn when Princess Diana was killed in 1997. There were lots of flowers laid at the base and CNN reported an estimated 20,000 people went to the monument shortly after her passing. Why there, you ask?

Commissioned by the Prince of Wales Foundation for Architecture (the link to Princess Diana) the World Athletes Monument, sometimes still called the Prince of Wales’s Monument, was built for the 1996 Olympic Games to pay “tribute to the athletes and spirit of international athletic competition.”

Today, the Monument stands mostly unvisited, not due to its nature, but because it’s basically on an island in an area that receives high motor traffic and little pedestrian traffic.

Fortunately for Atlantans and visitors to our city, that high motor traffic gives thousands of eyes to the Monument's magnificence every day. I personally get to see it usually two or three times a week, sometimes more.

World Athletes Monument
World Athletes Monument
With five eight-foot high Atlas figures atop a thirty-five foot limestone base, it’s not a monument that you’re going to miss. And its solitary, triangular island home ensures a great view…no visual obstacles. In fact, there are quite a few fantastic backdrops, depending on where you’re viewing it from.

Some of those responsible for the creation and execution of the World Athletes Monument have rather impressive resumes.

Instrumental in the overall project was Rodney Mims Cook, Jr., descendant of two Atlanta Mayors, instrumental in the Save the Fox campaign, and more recently leader of the Millennium Gate project at Atlantic Station.

Cook has been described by some as “…a champion of beauty in the city of Atlanta.” I’m inclined to agree. I was very impressed with Mr. Cook when I met him and I love the monuments he's made possible for Atlanta. I'm sure we'll see more of him!

One of the artists of the World Athletes Monument was none other than Martin Dawe, founder of CherryLion Sculpture Studios and the artist responsible for Landing Gear in Buckhead and a life-size bronze of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

World Athletes Monument
World Athletes Monument
A number of years after Diana’s passing, the World Athletes Monument again became a place of healing for the citizens of Atlanta. Many Monument visitors opted to place small American flags instead of flowers to acknowledge the life of President Ronald Reagan, who passed in 2004.

As a city of humans, I’m glad to have a place where we can publicly mourn and as city that loves its sports, I’m glad to have the Monument to celebrate athletes. Few monuments, I think, have such a wide ranging role in giving to its citizens.

The Return

I’ve already said that I return to the World Athletes Monument on a weekly basis, but I’ve only been to the base once, so I definitely will return to the base. That really is the best view of the Monument. Just be careful for that Atlanta traffic when crossing the street to get to it.

Touring the World Athletes Monument

Date toured: Sunday, August 17, 2011
Location: Peachtree Street at West Peachtree Street (location and map)

World Athletes Monument
World Athletes Monument

ATLANTApix: World War I Memorial

Pershing Point Park World War I Memorial
Pershing Point Park World War I Memorial
Tucked away in a small triangle at the intersection of Peachtree Street and West Peachtree Street, Pershing Point Park, is a World War I memorial dedicated to the fallen heroes from Fulton County. This little known memorial has stood since 1920.

Pershing Point Park was named for General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces of World War I. It was December 3, 1918 that the Atlanta Parks Commission officially honored Pershing bestowing the triangular park with his namesake.

On September 20, 1920, the War Mothers' Service Star Legion, a group of mothers, sisters and wives of servicemen, dedicated the memorial, which lists the name of each soldier lost during the War.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ATLANTAvidz: Georgia Aquarium's Dolphins

The arrival of Georgia Aquarium's dolphins and its new dolphin show, AT&T Dolphin Tales (I love clever names!), was highly anticipated. I've been to see the show three times since its opening in April.

Although visitors may not make photos or video of the show (for the safety of the dolphins and the performers, not to mention the comfort of other attendees), there is a fantastic observation tank (video) just as you enter or depart the Dolphin Tales auditorium.

I recommend arriving early so you can see some of the dolphins prior to the show, but look for the tank...I totally missed it the first time I went. If you wait until the show is finished, there will be lots of other people trying to get a peek.

Of the 11 dolphins living at Georgia Aquarium, the show uses only 7-8 dolphins at a time (numbers told me by a docent). And viewers see at most five at a time (a very impressive five at a time!). 

The show is magnificent. It's theatrical, it's high-action, it's filled with special lighting and water effects, there are lots of dolphin tricks, you get to participate in a sing-along, and the trainers look like they're having the time of their lives.

Dolphin Tales stage
Dolphin Tales "stage"
The show is in two parts. Whether that's on purpose, I do not know. The first time I saw the show, I was about to stand up and leave because the (theatrical portion) show was obviously over. The "second half" is all dolphin tricks and interaction between the dolphins and trainers (my favorite part).

If you do arrive early, you'll get to see a video that tells about the construction of the exhibition (absolutely fascinating), as well as the selection of the lucky few dolphin trainers (they must have the best job in the world...they're definitely major enthusiasts).

The AT&T Dolphin Tales logo (the logo shown during the show) resonates with me in a special way. The stars inside the dolphin represent the constellation Delphinus (Latin for dolphin), which lies near the constellation Aquarius (I'm Aquarius and a space enthusiast). The only other space connection I can think of at the moment is the world-famous Douglas Adams' "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...a most brilliant literary series!).

It would not at all be a reach to say that this show has something for everyone. The first half is great for kids, the second half is highly entertaining for others...and I would venture to say that everyone loves dolphins.

Monday, August 29, 2011

ATLANTApix: Medals of Freedom

Presidential Medals of Freedom
Presidential Medals of Freedom
On August 9, 1999, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. This award is the nation's highest civilian honor.

These awards, among numerous others that the Carter's have received, are on display at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. The Museum is surprisingly large, until you realize just how much Jimmy and Rosalynn have accomplished in their lives—and continue to accomplish.

Coming up at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum is a book signing by former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

A few days earlier, on Saturday, the 3rd, a new temporary exhibition will go on display: “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection.” The exhibition features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate messages during her diplomatic tenure.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Six Flags Over Georgia: Up, Down, Upside-down…It’s All Fun!

With Sylvester and Daffy
With Sylvester and Daffy
I went with a friend last weekend to Six Flags Over Georgia. It was my first time in more than a decade and it was more fun than I’ve ever had being tossed around, being held upside-down, and being dropped hundreds of feet.

We arrived early to beat the lines (a great tip from fellow blogger Sue at “Field Trips with Sue”). A wise strategy, but for some odd reason, the lines never got crazy long. In fact, we were able to ride in the front car of the first four roller coasters we got on, with little or zero waiting!

Sue recommends arriving early and heading to the back of the park first. That strategy should ensure the least amount of time spent waiting in line, at least early in the day.

While great advice, I was so ready to ride their newest roller coaster—the Dare Devil Dive Coaster—that we headed straight for that one…well, right after a photo-op with Sylvester and Daffy, that is.

Dare Devil Dive Coaster
Dare Devil Dive Coaster
I had warned my friend that I would be making photos like a first-time tourist and gave him the option to “refocus” me on the fun at hand should I get too engrossed in photo making and video taking. Oh, and I tweeted throughout the day, too. My friend graciously let me do my thing.

We got to Dare Devil, passing a few other coasters and screaming riders, and miraculously there were only a few people in line! We waited one load-in and then we were on the ride.
The cool feature about Dare Devil is its highest drop. It doesn’t go straight down…it actually dives more than 90 degrees AND it drops faster than gravity!

What a rush!

Mind Bender
Mind Bender
While in that corner of the Park, we rode Batman: The Ride, Mind Bender, and The Georgia Scorcher.

At this point, the cereal I’d had for breakfast was wearing off, but I wasn’t about to blockade the onslaught of roller coasters…they were, after all, the reason we were there.

The fifth coaster: Goliath! Its name tells you the most important aspect you need to know about this coaster. Having been in the front seat of the first four coasters, we were ready to change things up a bit. For Goliath, we took the very back seat.

We got some amazing views of the Atlanta skyline as well as the jostling heads in front of us…both with their respective entertainment values.

On the way to the back of the Park, we stopped for a Diet Coke and some fries, to settle my nausea, which also positioned us get a couple more coasters in before lunch.

Before our next roller coaster ride, my friend wanted to ride the Wheelie. I instantly had nightmarish flashbacks to childhood. I recalled riding the Himalaya in Jacksonville, Florida…a ride that put me in shock for about 20 minutes, much to the dismay of my mother.

Marvin the Martian
Marvin the Martian
But, being the adventurer that I am, as well as a good sport (my friend was after all putting up with my camera, video camera, tweeting, etc.), I got on board. 

Let’s just say that I had to sit for a few minutes, but only a few, after getting off the Wheelie. Not a personal favorite, but my friend loved the spinning, up and down, spinning, up and down, spinning…

After a brief respite from spinning, up and down, we headed to Ninja. I lived in Atlanta when Ninja first opened and remember that on the first visit to the Park that summer, that was the first coaster I rode…so, maybe in some ways I am a creature of habit.

Ninja was as much fun as I remembered and it’s weathered the years quite well, other than a little fading of her once bright red paint. 

I was actually surprised at just how smooth the newer coasters ride compared to the ones that have been around for decades, especially the wooden ones. Major improvements in coaster technology and design, I suppose. It’s appreciated whatever it is. It’s great to concentrate on the sensations the ride offers instead of wondering if my doctor is available to treat a case of whiplash. Thanks for the upgrades, Six Flags!

Riverview Carousel
Riverview Carousel
For lunch we went to Big Mo’s On The Square for some “Southern fried chicken,” taking the “When in Rome” approach. I was very impressed with how polite and friendly the Park staff were…and entertaining too.

We’d passed the Riverview Carousel earlier and I’d confessed to my friend that I’m just a big kid when it comes to things like that. 

Using the ruse of needing photographs for tourATLANTA, I lured him to the Carousel. Of course we ended up riding…it’d be such a shame to go all that way and not enjoy it!

The Riverview Carousel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1908 for Riverview Park in Chicago, Illinois. It has 70 wooden horses of varying styles and several other ride options. It is one of only a few five-abreast carousels in the world. And it’s absolutely stunning.

Superman: Ultimate Flight
Superman: Ultimate Flight
Our seventh roller coaster was Superman: Ultimate Flight. This one was super-cool…you ride with your body facing the ground! It’s like you’re flying…you just have some major braces holding you in place ensuring you remain buoyant in mid-air throughout the “flight.”

Bumper cars. Does one even have to say how much fun bumper cars are? It was the one ride that as soon as it was over, practically every kid in the place jumped out and ran as quickly as they could to get back in line for another go.

Probably one of my favorite rides after this visit to Six Flags is Acrophobia, which is the name for the condition suffered by those who have a horrible fear of heights. Aptly named, Acrophobia towers 400 feet high, higher than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Rising from the ground, like the great Phoenix, the “donut” of riders spins around. Again, some great views of the Atlanta skyline were given, undoubtedly to distract us from the ascent, which was abruptly interrupted when we reached the top and our chairs were tilted 15 degrees…toward the ground!

The Great American Scream Machine
The Great American Scream Machine
On the way up, the ride operator sings cute little songs. (Almost) all the songs end with, “Goodbye!” after which the clamping mechanism is released and the rest of the Park is treated to blood-curdling screams of riders who are very soon to be reacquainted with the ground. This ride is so much fun we went back for another turn later.

Well, we decided we couldn’t leave the Park without riding The Great American Scream Machine…no matter how old she is. Probably the roughest ride in the Park, it was great to ride again. There’s something very settling about nostalgia.

With Speedy and Pepe
With Speedy and Pepe
Fatigue creeping into the day, we headed toward the main gate. But we weren’t quite done. The Georgia Cyclone was right next to the front gate, so it became part of our exit strategy.

Even with all the photos (hundreds), the video, and the tweets, I don’t remember every ride and diversion we took, but included were: a train ride, a show by the Looney Tunes characters, more photos with Looney Tunes characters, ice cream, Buggs Bunny World, and a ride through the Monster Mansion.

We’d said at the beginning that we’d forego the water rides available to us, but that if we decided we wanted to go on any, it would be toward the end of the day. Now it was the end of the day but instead of riding a water ride, we went back for that second ride on Acrophobia…an exhilarating way to end our day at Six Flags.

The Return

Am I ready, willing, and able to have my world turned upside down again? Bring it on! I love roller coasters and other fans of them will have a blast at Six Flags Over Georgia.

I’ll probably go back in October (1st-30th) for their Fright Fest and I’m already looking forward to the opening next spring.

Visiting Six Flags Over Georgia

Date toured: Sunday, August 21, 2011
Location: 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA (directions and map)
Parking: Pay parking onsite
Cost: A one-day pass is $39.99, but there are online discounts and coupons all over town!
Hours: Vary by season, closed November-February

Ya'll come back!
Ya'll come back!

Happy Birthday, tourATLANTA!

tourATLANTA turns one year old today! 

"Thank you" to everyone who has supported this endeavor; it's truly appreciated.

I started tourATLANTA one year ago as a way to reconnect with the city I call "home." After living here for 15 years, I moved to Washington, DC (another city I love), but after nine years was incredibly homesick, so back to Atlanta I came—just over a year ago.

I knew the city had changed a lot over the nine years I was gone, so I immediately committed to writing a blog about being a tourist in force me to get out and explore. I'm an explorer by nature, but this commitment to write, photograph, and video tape, would ensure that I'd do these things regularly.

tourATLANTA has been one of the best adventures on which I've ever embarked. I've fallen even more in love with the city I call home and look forward to learning more about her over this next year.

Enjoy this video of 365 photographs that I've taken since this time last year. They depict a story of exploring Atlanta. This video shows some of the places I've toured, people I've met, celebrities I've hugged, places I've dined, things I've seen, and a cornucopia of curiosities throughout the area...all while working on tourATLANTA.

Again, thank you to everyone who has watched, read, commented, and offered kind words of support. Please continue to enjoy tourATLANTA and I'll continue sharing with you my tours of Atlanta.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

ATLANTApix: The Stormtroopers Are Coming!

Stormtroopers at the Dragon*Con Parade
Stormtroopers at the Dragon*Con Parade
Talking with a friend at work yesterday about Dragon*Con coming up next week, he told me that he really likes Stormtroopers (photo), so this photo is for him. And it happens to be one of my favorites from last year's Dragon*Con Parade.

Underneath the suit and tie, behind the outgoing tourist, even beyond the wanderlust adventures, practically everyone who knows me knows what a huge sci-fi enthusiast I am. And they know how much I'm looking forward to meeting Kate Mulgrew next weekend. 

Come to Downtown Atlanta on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. to see the 10th Annual Dragon*Con Parade...and please say "Hello!" when you see me at the corner of Peachtree and Baker Streets.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

ATLANTApix: Tom Wesselmann's Mouth

Tom Wesselmann's Mouth #15
Tom Wesselmann's "Mouth #15"
Originally displayed in an exhibition in 1968 in Kassel, Germany, Tom Wesselmann's "Mouth #15" today hangs in Atlanta's High Museum of Art.

Wesselman, 1931-2004, was an American artist who studied at Cooper Union for Arts and Architecture (establish 1859) in New York and began an illustrious career with the initial success of his his Great American Nude Series.

You will find Mouth #15 in the High's Modern & Contemporary Art gallery, near Andy Warhol's 10-panel Marilyn Monroe painting. 

Don't be fooled by the size of this photograph. The canvas that Mouth #15 calls home could swallow me whole!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

ATLANTApix: Weedy Sea Dragon

Weedy Sea Dragon
Weedy Sea Dragon at Georgia Aquarium
The Weedy Sea Dragon, not to be confused with the Leafy Sea Dragon, at Georgia Aquarium is one of the most difficult creatures in the entire facility to photograph. They're constantly blinking! Oh wait, that's not it. They're constantly moving...yea, that's right, they're constantly moving!

They're absolutely fascinating creatures, too. Of particular interest, the Leafy Sea Dragon is a close relative to Sea Horses (also housed at Georgia Aquarium), the male births and broods the offspring, and they're poor swimmers, which may be a contributing factor as to why it took so many months for me to get a relatively decent photograph.

Want to see Atlanta's Sea Dragons, which are from Australia? Head over to Georgia Aquarium's Cold Water Quest gallery and explore, explore, explore!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ATLANTApix: Giant Baseballs at Turner Field

Giant Baseballs at Turner Field
Giant Baseballs at Turner Field
Turner Field is one of the most gracious baseball fields I've ever been to. Even before you enter the ballpark, there's lots to see and do, including making some great souvenir photos with a field of giant baseballs!

The plaza just outside the main gate, at the north end of the Field, is where one may purchase tickets to a game(s), enter the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, see a multitude of statuary featuring baseball greats, and a lot more.

Buy a ticket to a game and you get to enjoy quite a bit more in the Grand Entry Plaza. That's where the 100-foot diameter photograph of Hank Aaron's actual 715th home run ball serves as a siren (of the Greek mythology sort) to lure baseball fans and baseball-curious alike to Braves Country.

The giant baseballs are just as much fun as they are big...Turner Field, you've hit a home run with this tourist!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ATLANTApix: Riverview Carousel

The Riverview Carousel
The Riverview Carousel
The Six Flags Carousel, widely known as The Riverview Carousel, is one of only a few Five-abreast carousels in the world.

Originally built in 1908 for the grand opening of Riverview Park in Chicago, Illinois, the carousel includes 70 wooden horses, four of King Arthur's armored horses (the ones I always try to ride when I visit Six Flags), and four gondolas, also called "Lovers' Chariots."

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Monday, August 22, 2011

ATLANTAvidz: Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest Extended

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art's current exhibition, Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin, has been extended through Sunday, September 4, 2011. This is one that you want to see!

The exhibition features 50 modern and contemporary works by 28 artists from India, created since independence from British colonial rule in 1947. 

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

ATLANTApix: Invesco

Invesco Global Headquarters
Invesco Global Headquarters
There is absolutely no shortage of unique architecture in the New South.
Invesco, an investment management firm originally founded in England and Wales in 1935, has a most unique building at the north end of Midtown in Atlanta, which happens to be their global headquarters!

The building is directly across the street from Equifax, the largest credit reporting company in the United States. It also is the center of the company's total managed assets. At the close of the second quarter 2011, those assets represented approximately $674 billion...I can only imagine how stunning this headquarters building is inside.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

ATLANTApix: Best Friend of Charleston

Best Friend of Charleston
Best Friend of Charleston
Traveling up Peachtree Street in Midtown, on the way to Buckhead from Downtown, if you happen to glance to your left at 12th Street, you'll see a bright red, green, and gold train! 

No, it's not an over-sized tree ornament for a gargantuan Christmas Tree, it's a life-size model of the first steam-powered locomotive built in the United States to establish regularly scheduled passenger service...meaning, this is an historically significant train.

Housed in Norfolk Southern's Atlanta office, featuring floor to ceiling windows for easy viewing, the "Best Friend of Charleston," a replica of the 1830 original, is a fully operable train.

The original Best Friend suffered a boiler explosion, the first in the U.S. to do so. The surviving parts were used to build the "Phoenix," well before the phoenix became Atlanta's mascot.

Norfolk Southern's Midtown office is in the David R. Goode Building, named so for the retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

ATLANTApix: Olympic Cauldrons

Cauldron on The Olympic Way
Cauldron on The Olympic Way
A portion of The Olympic Way, also known as Capitol Avenue, is lined with alternating colossal cauldrons and towering pylons, rather impressive remnants from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games hosted by Atlanta.

On the side facing the street, the cauldrons have placards 11-bricks-high with etchings that depict various Olympic sports and are inscribed with "Life Provides Few Grand Moments for Celebrating the Remarkable Range and Pleasure of Human Talent."

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

ATLANTApix: The Olympic Way

The Olympic Way
The Olympic Way (Capitol Avenue)
The Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA) undertook countless initiatives to improve the beautyscape of Atlanta immediately prior to the Centennial Olympic Games, including the streetscape known as "The Olympic Way."

The 1.5 mile stretch from the Georgia State Capitol to Turner Field (the re-purposed 1996 Olympic stadium) offers handsome vistas of the Atlanta skyline and numerous other features...a nice drive, or walk, on any given day.

I took a friend to the Capitol Avenue DMV (the Department of Motor Vehicles, for my non-U.S. readers) so he could renew his license. During the brief amount of time it took, I walked to Turner Field (making lots of photos along the way), and then back to the State Capitol Building.

The excursion was a win-win.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ATLANTApix: MODA's Water Dream Expands

MODA's Water Dream Exhibition
I popped into the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) yesterday, to catch up with an old friend, and discovered that they're expanding their current exhibition, Water Dream: The Art of Bathroom Design, with the addition of several German antiquities. The new pieces should be fully installed today or tomorrow, just in time for their weekly Drink in Design event.

While I was there, I picked up my very own Mo'Duck...a red one! I've already made several photos of it to share on MODA's Facebook page and will make several more over the next few days before sending him off to Washington, D.C. to a friend who looks a lot like Jon Cryer from the movie Pretty in Pink to make additional photos. We call my friend "Duckie," as was the Cryer character in the movie.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ATLANTApix: "The Dump"

Margaret Mitchell House
Margaret Mitchell House
Margaret Mitchell, who passed away on this date, August 16, in 1949, affectionately called her Peachtree Street apartment "The Dump."

Margaret's apartment, where she wrote the Pulitzer-winning Gone With the Wind, is on the ground floor of the northwest corner of this now-famous Atlanta landmark and faces Crescent and 10th Streets (photo). 

The house was built in 1899 as a single-family private home. It was converted to a 10-unit apartment building in 1919. Margaret and her husband, John Marsh, took up residency in 1925.

Fire nearly demolished the house in 1994 and again in 1996. Restoration efforts, which had began in 1985, continued and the home opened as the "Margaret Mitchell House" on May 17, 1997.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

ATLANTApix: The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
One of the benefits of being in the Bible Belt is the beautiful architecture of so many churches...unique, each and every one. 

The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus (photo) is no exception to that rule. However, it does have one rare quality most other churches do not. It's located in downtown Atlanta, the heart of the whole of the South.

Founded in 1880, this particular church holds a number of distinctions, including: being entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, a visit by Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1995, and being elevated to the dignity of minor basilica by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

ATLANTAvidz: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids Make Room for Darwin

Today is the final day of the "Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids" exhibition at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The exhibit is stunning, clever, and brilliantly mastered...and you'll have the opportunity to explore quite a few popular 'myth vs. fact' stories.

If, sadly, you're not able to venture over to Fernbank today and you have not already seen Mythic Creatures, please enjoy this brief video and my former post to see just how fantastic this exhibit was.

What's next? "Darwin" (opening Saturday, September 24, 2011) exhibition about one of the greatest, and one of the most controversial, scientists known to mankind.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

ATLANTAvidz: Dragon*Con Parade Around the Corner

Mark your calendars! In a mere three weeks from today, on Saturday, September 3, 2011, the 10th Annual Dragon*Con Parade will occupy the streets of downtown Atlanta. Join the thousands and thousands of fans out to catch a glimpse of a few scantily clad medieval belly dancers, the six-pack wielding band from 300, or a battalion of Stromtroopers!

Last year's Dragon*Con Parade was my will not be my last! If you're down there, look for a Vulcan dressed in a Starfleet science uniform (blue) and say, "Live Long and Prosper." It just might be me.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

ATLANTApix: Different View? Look Up!

Promenade II
Promenade II
One of the things that I love about Atlanta architecture, much like its skyline, is that it offers many unique and interesting views. I mean, just walk half a block, drive around the corner, or walk up to the base of the building and you're looking at something totally different...and probably even more impressive.

The stainless steel "fins" on top of the Promenade II building, in the heart of Midtown, are a spectacular design element. During the day they give a depth of field that teases one's visual perception, but in a fun way. At night, they're absolutely brilliant and offer a glowing 3D effect that pronounces the outline of the ziggurat-like tapering spire.

While I'm writing about tourist attractions all over the city, anytime I need an architecture fix, I just pop over to Architecture Tourist, the wildly popular architecture blog authored by my buddy Terry Kearns. He always, always provides an interesting look at our city's architectural marvels.

So, when you're making your vacation photos, remember to look around and take more than one photo of the subjects that interest you (so much easier with digital cameras and phone cameras!). Look behind you, look right and left, look'll be surprised at some of the great shots you'll get.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

ATLANTAvidz: Atlanta Botanical Garden's Water Features

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is so much more than beautiful flowers, plants, and trees. In addition to art and sculpture throughout the Garden, in addition to a vast array of animal life throughout the Garden, there are numerous water features throughout the Garden.

This video features only some of the Garden's water features, including: the Sibley Fountain, the Entrance Fountain, the Fern Dell Fountain, the Cafe Courtyard Fountain, the Frog Baby pond, the Fragrance Garden, the High Elevation Tropicals display room in the Fuqua Orchid Center, the bridge pond in the Fuqua Conservatory with an Aligator Snapping Turtle, the Aquatic Plant Pond, the Japanese Garden, and the Chihuly sculpture fountain in the Parterre Garden.

There's so much more to discover at the Atlanta Botanical Garden...more than I could possibly write here, so go, with friends in tow, to the Garden to discover for yourself what an incredible respite this place is from the hustle and bustle of big city life.

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ATLANTApix: ABG Basil Recipe

Basil Recipe at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
Basil Recipe at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden's Edible Garden is absolutely spectacular! I've seen things there that I've never seen anywhere else...rice growing in one of the water features, pomegranates fruiting, and what asparagus looks like when allowed to grow after it's been harvested, to name just a few. Marvels, one and all.

In addition to the seldom seen, there are the expected fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. Among them, Basil. And throughout the Edible Garden are recipe signs with a "camera" graphic inviting visitors to make photos of the sign with a recipe for the plant in that particular bed so that they can go home and experiment in their own kitchens.

This particular recipe (photo) uses Basil and as you can see, there's a LOT of Basil in the Edible Garden. The recipe follows:

Blueberry Basil Granita

1 pint blueberries
1/2 cup water
8 basil leaves
juice of 1 lime
4 tsp honey
1/4 tsp salt

Blend blueberries, water, basil, lime juice, honey and salt until smooth. Place in airtight container and freeze until slushy, at least 2 1/2 hours. Divide among 4 glasses and garnish with additional basil.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ATLANTApix: MCCM, A Clever Secret

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Michael C. Carlos Museum
I've said it before and I'll say it again, and again, and again...I love clever! The Michael C. Carlos Museum is among my personal favorites of Atlanta destinations that fall into the "best kept secret" category.

What's so clever in that, you ask? Well, it's not that it's a secret, of course. It's that their claim-to-fame is that they have in their collection the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western hemisphere (going on exhibit soon!)...and the entry passage to the museum is in the shape of a pyramid. Quite clever, I think.

So, yes, they're famous for their Egyptian art collection, part of their Egyptian, Nubian, and Eastern Art gallery. But, equally impressive are their Greek and Roman collection (which I'm partial to, having lived in Greece) and their Ancient American collection (which I'm also partial to, being of Cherokee descent). 

More modest in size, but just as grand in scale are their African Art collection and their Asian ArtCosmic Form of Eighteen-Armed Vishnu." collection, which features the 11th Century "

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