Sightseeing in Augusta & Atlanta

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I think I've been to Augusta, Georgia about twenty-five times or so.  Always for work, but always managing to have fun along the way.  On my last trip to Augusta, my sweet boyfriend flew down for a long weekend together in Augusta and Atlanta.  His journey to Augusta was interesting... but I'll save that for a later post.  

Having a visitor in town allowed me to explore Augusta and Atlanta in ways I haven't in a long time.  It was especially enjoyable to spend time with my friend David who is moving from Augusta to the Atlanta area soon.  Future trips to Augusta won't be the same without him.

Augusta is known for hosting the Masters tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club, but they don't let just anyone walk in their gate.

The main gate

David and me in front of the sign

After brunch, we set off towards Atlanta and dropped David off at his Aunt & Uncle's house. We cruised on over to The Varsity.  Can you believe, in the 25+ years I've been visiting Atlanta, I'd never been?  Well, I can't say the food was worth writing home about, but we split a chili dog, some fries and a Frosted Orange for a treat. 

We took our time and cruised through Atlanta en route to my Aunt Cathy and Uncle Darcy's house south of town.  It was a beautiful day to take our time around the city.  
Home of the 1996 Summer Olympics

Turner Field
It was kind of windy, so we didn't explore Underground Atlanta as planned, but instead enjoyed homemade dinner with my family before checking in at the Westin.  Sunday we had brunch and went to Ikea (I'm addicted) and hung out before his flight home. 

Seeing Atlanta and Augusta through the eyes of a new tourist kind of made me wonder what sights I take for granted in Des Moines.  I used to joke with a friend that we could spend a week being tourists in our own city for a change.  Maybe its time to plan a stay-cation?

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