Anniversary in Atlanta

Joseph and I took a weekend trip to Atlanta to celebrate our anniversary (7 years!), and we had such a good time! There is so much to do in Atlanta, and I’m dying to see the city during the warmer months, so I’m sure we’ll be making another trip some time.

First thing Saturday morning we went to the Atlanta History Center, which has a few pretty big exhibits, the Swan House, and the Tullie Smith Farm (sheep included!) on the grounds. A really nice place to spend a couple hours!

We took a tour of the Swan House, which was used as President Snow’s mansion in the Hunger Games films. We didn’t realize when we booked the tour that it was totally Hunger Games-focused. I like the Hunger Games, and it was really interesting, but my favorite part was looking at the preteen girls who were like so totally excited: “omg Jennifer Lawrence was here!!”

Inside the smith farmhouse. Joseph used to take a lot of photos of me where I look like a floating head, and we kind of make a joke out of it. This Extreme Floating Head picture is one of my favorite photos of me ever, haha.

That afternoon we went to the Museum of Modern Art and the High Museum, which were both wonderful! The High was HUGE and obscenely crowded, but we got to see the exhibitions I was really looking forward to.

Before the museums, we stopped for a bite to eat at Cafe Intermezzo, and I took a few photos with my cell phone. We ate seafood dip (which tasted a lot like the salmon cream cheese I eat by the bucketful in middle school), red velvet cake, and an apple crepe. And I had a blood and sand cocktail with Laphroaig 10 year (my favorite!!!). I almost exclusively drink scotch neat, but that cocktail was FANTASTIC.

That night we went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see it all lit up! We saw just about everything before the rain started pouring.

Sunday we met up with two of my internet friends I first met on a forum 10 years ago! It was so good to see them, and we had a great breakfast at Sweet Melissa’s in Decatur.

Then Joseph and I headed to Six Flags over Georgia! It’s a great park, and we picked the perfect day to go–we didn’t have to wait in line at all. We rode everything twice in just a couple hours! We road Goliath three times because I loved it so much. It might be my favorite roller coaster I’ve ever ridden! It made you feel like you were flying (so did the Superman ride, but I didn’t find that one as exciting).

That night we went to the Shakespeare Tavern, where we got to eat, drink a quart of wine (lol), and watch Merry Wives of Windsor. It was great!

Sunday was our last day, so we filled it with the typical touristy things–Fox Theater, CNN, Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola. We flew out that night, and I went to work the next morning :(

Holding a torch from the 2012 London Olympics at World of Coca-Cola! This was a great tour, especially since I told our guide I’m an archivist and he totally catered the tour to me!

4 comments


  • Sheri Biggs Morrison

    you got some really great photos! it looks really interesting, fun and beautiful there

    January 14, 2015
  • Catie Leary

    YES

    January 14, 2015
  • I love these Alyssa, it looked like a great trip! Happy anniversary :)

    January 14, 2015
  • Great photos, Alyssa! This makes me want to tour Swan House. Visiting Pittock Mansion in Portland was awesome – I love soaking up the history.

    Also…that lunch with Red Velvet cake and scotch?! Droolingggg.

    January 16, 2015

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