My first solo trip of 2013 was to Atlanta, Georgia. To ease my traveling fear, I chose to go to locations where I can travel alone, but meet up with people I knew that lived there. I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott just outside the airport. The hotel provides free transportation to and from the airport and the local transit MARTA stops there so I did most, if not all traveling that way.
Since I only stayed for the weekend, I did as much exploring as I could. I took the “red line” train getting off at the Five Points station and visited The Underground which is much like a mini mall. A lot of mom-pop shops, some bigger store names like Foot Action and a food court. I later walked around downtown visiting the business district, courthouses, passing the Arena and and going into the CNN Center for the Inside CNN Tour, a 50-minute walking tour at the Global Headquarters of CNN.
I loved the tour! The entrance to the building is open to the public so it was very crowded. It included a timeline of CNN and Turner. I also found out the first tour of the day was done by CNN correspondent Robin Meade. We took the escalator down each floor showing a demonstration of green screen technology and compared to newer technology of using Smart Boards, a look at the HLN Studio as well as an opportunity to sit behind the desk like a real reporter. Of course I did it! I’m THAT corny!
It was also my god sister’s birthday weekend. Although we didn’t have a huge celebration, I was able to take the MARTA to Sandy Springs visiting her and her family. It was nice to catch up since I haven’t seen her in over 5 years at the time. Later that year, I visited again for my birthday. I celebrated with lunch at Taco Mac and going to a restaurant/lounge Shout the next day. I also did a little bit of shopping picking up a cute pair of DKNY Jeans, a lace peplum top and a Calvin Klein dress I wore for Mother’s Day.
I’m going back to Atlanta for my birthday this year and trying to figure out what to do. Any suggestions, leave them below!