In case you need a refresher from where I left off with this story, you can check it out here!
Sunday morning, we got up early (again) and, after a Starbucks run, hit the road. As we're driving to Atlanta (our first destination of the day), we see signs for Talladega. Neither one of us had realized that we'd be driving right by it, but of course we stopped! We couldn't get all the way to the track, but we DID go to the gift shop. Priorities.
After that unexpected detour, we were back on our merry way to Atlanta. The first place we went was the Centennial Olympic Park, which is a huge outdoor park in downtown.
It was built by the Olympic Committee for the 1996 games and is also where the bombing was on July 27, 1996. It's a beautiful park with fountains, monuments, reflecting pools, and more.
After we walked through the park, we went to the World of Coca-Cola (which is directly across the street). And, I've got to admit that this place was not as exciting as I had hoped. I was hoping for more of a museum feel, and this was like a theater production-- not enough substance, too much flash. There was some cool stuff though.
Coke bottles decorated by international artists
The vault where the "secret recipe" is stored
There was also the world's smallest bottling factory, where they actually do bottle Coke and a tasting room where you can try all sorts of products made by Coca-Cola from around the world. There were kiosks with drink fountains for each continent. (Side note: If any of you ever go there, don't follow Donny's example and try to drink them all. You WILL get a sugar headache and feel yucky the rest of the day.)
After we FINALLY made it out of the World of Coca-Cola and their giant gift shop, we walked through downtown and ate lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe (which, by the way, is the restaurant where Donny and I had our first date in Dallas).
We had planned on going to Turner Field and doing a tour (since the Braves were out of town, we couldn't go to a game), but by that time neither one of us really felt like sightseeing anymore. So, we left Atlanta, and a mere five hours later, we were home! And SO GLAD to be there.
And now he's been here in NC for almost three weeks. I can't hardly believe it's been that long. We've been SO BUSY getting stuff done for the wedding, hanging out with friends, visiting with my family, and more. I've loved every minute of having him here.