Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Southern New Year - Atlanta, GA

Saturday, December 27, 2014

After a lovely evening at my ten-year high school reunion, I headed back to the city with my parents, who generously offered to drive me home to pack and then bring Roger and me to the airport. In addition to paying for a huge portion of this trip as our Christmas gift. They're pretty wonderful.

We had an evening flight out, and saw the sunset from the plane. 

It was also my first time sitting in an exit row - a thrilling experience! It was a bit strange to sit staring at a flight attendant for part of the ride, but it was also nice to chat with her a bit.

We checked into our hotel, the Marriott Marquis, and I realized that all the Marquis hotels must be bastions of vertigo, not just the one in Times Square. It's worth noting at this point that ten years after my prom, I still have nightmares about riding in those glass elevators.

That evening we had dinner at the Porter Beer Bar, which had a great selection of beers, killer hush-puppies, and a fun vibe with tons of vintage suitcases strewn about. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014
We woke up the next morning and took Atlanta's subway, the Marta, to the High Museum of Art.

It's a fantastic museum with some really lovely pieces and top-notch wall text. We went mostly to see their African art collection, but I fell in love with the Forty Part Motet (oh, to have seen it at the Cloisters!), Gordon Parks, and their early American furniture.

A great example of the excellent wall text could be found with this portrait of David Baldwin by Ralph Earl, which was also displayed among some beautiful furniture.

We spent the whole day at the museum, and I didn't find myself getting bored at all, which I think is a real testament to the way the museum was able to draw visitors in to the work. Afterward, we headed to Barcelona, a local wine bar, to meet my friend from college, Mokie. Walking there from the subway, I was impressed with all the incredible porches and the set up of the houses in each community.

After we shared some wine and appetizers, Mokie was kind enough to bring us on a little driving tour of Atlanta. She drove us through some incredibly beautiful neighborhoods, with even more porches, and brought us around Emory briefly, too. Mokie is moving back up to New York soon, so I'm looking forward to seeing her more often, and it was great to hear about real life in Atlanta.

We had dinner together at a delicious pizza place, the name of which I absolutely cannot remember now called Varuni Napoli, and then we went to The Earl for a nightcap. It was a fun bar with a giant PBR Christmas tree, so I don't think you can go wrong there.

Next Up: We head out to Charleston!

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