Stone Mountain, GA   3 comments

Day 38-41

Back to the State of Georgia, home of the Georgia Peach.

Downtown Atlanta is chock filled with history. We saw the capitol building with its Georgia Gold dome (yes, it’s real gold), Olympic Park from the Summer 1996 Olympics, Turner Field, where Hank Aaron beat Babe Ruth’s home run record.

The infamous hand. No one seemed to know what this symbolized. I researched it on the internet and found 2 explanations. One was that it belonged to a church and symbolized child labor. The other was that it was in front of a doctor’s office.

and homes of the rich and famous

After touring the city of Atlanta by motorcoach, we had a first-class tour of CNN.

We learned all their secrets, like how the announcers can read the teleprompter while looking directly into the camera

and how the green screen works, with a demonstration by a volunteer. Check her out below.

Next, it was on to the World of Coca Cola, where we tasted Coke products distributed all over the world.

Born in 1886. In 1919 the rights were bought by Benjamin Thomas and Joseph Whitehead of Chattanooga for $1. Expansion began and by 1959 Coca-Cola was available in 53 countries!

In its beginning, stores would sell Coke from a big bowl, pictured below on a pedestal in the center front of the display case.

New brands, such as Tab and Sprite were introduced in 1960-1981. The infamous commercial “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke” in 1971 brought international appeal and by 1999 was available in over 200 countries.

Diet Coke was introduced in 1982 and the first change in formula came about in 1985. Today, over 450 brands exist worldwide. Who would have thought…..

Probably the funniest thing was, one of our guests retired from Pepsi. So he decided to wear his Pepsi shirt on the tour. He had great fun with the ticket taker.

Stone Mountain – what a great way to end a 41 day Southern Exposure trip.

You can view the stone carving up close by taking the gondola to the top of the mountain.

It’s hard to imagine the enormity of the mountain until you step back.

The Stone Mountain laser show is one of the best in the country. During the summer months, it is conducted every night. Make sure to arrive early to grab a good spot on the lawn.

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3 responses to “Stone Mountain, GA

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  1. Great post. I love the varying and confused explanations for the hand.

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