Although outrageously priced, I think the merchandise at Blue Genes is incredible. Of course, they sell blue jeans by dozens of makers, and they also sell clothing (tees, sweaters, silk shirts, etc.) and accessories which look great with blue jeans. There is also a section for men. Whenever I hear someone talking about Blue Genes, however, the horrendously snobby attitudes of the sales staff is always mentioned. I agree and think their negative attitude has gotten worse in the years since they opened. If you don't need help or aren't easily offended, Blue Genes is a great place to shop for fabulous blue jeans.
My husband and I love historic architecture and we really enjoyed our tour of Joel Chandler Harris' home. Harris, author of the Uncle Remus books was also an editor of the Atlanta Constitution. Originally built in 1870, Harris bought it in 1883 and in 1884 turned it into the cute Victorian Queen Anne cottage it is today. Virtually unchanged since Harris' death in 1908, this landmark home even contains the furnishings from Harris time there.
Just 40 minutes north of Atlanta in the Georgia foothills, Chateau Elan is a world unto itself. My husband and I spent a weekend there recently when we needed some time away. Located on 3,500 acres, this is a regal resort. The Inn is designed to look a a 16th century style French Chateau and the staff all treated us as though we were royalty. There are tours and tastings of the working, commercial winery. We found the tour very interesting. While my husband played some golf Saturday afternoon, I enjoyed a Hot Stone Massage at the spa. On Saturday night, we ate dinner at Le Clos. This is a French 5-course dining experience which took us nearly three hours and is something I won't soon, if ever, forget! The entire weekend was a regally relaxing experience.
Although I did find our visit to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum very educational, I also found it a bit boring. Naturally, this museum focuses around Jimmy Carter. It tells about his youth, his life in the Navy, his marriage to Rosalynn, his early political career in the 1960s and '70s, his Presidential campainging and, of course, his Presidency. There is a full size replica of The Oval Office when Jimmy Carter was President, which I did find kind of interesting. To be honest, I found the area containing the Gifts of State and the Museum Store to be the most "exciting" areas.
This 158-acre park has a lot to offer - a swimming pool, basketball court, baseball fields, golf course, jogging trail, tennis courts and several picnic areas. The Chastain Art Gallery and the outdoor amphitheater which hosts the summer Atlanta Symphony Orchestra series are also on the park grounds.
Lullwater Conservation Park is aptly named for it is very serene, quiet and calming. That may be because it's a little difficult to find. It may also be because it's on the campus of Emory University and the students are more apt to be partying or in their room studying than out at this nondescript park. The park path (good for jogging, biking or rollerblading) leads to a large pond (full of ducks and graceful swans) and then on to the gorgeous English Tudor mansion of Emory's President. This park is a fabulous place to sit and read a book, when you've got some time.
Although this is a very basic park - open field, playground and jogging trail - I think it is a great park to take our dogs. Although we have seen people playing Frisbee or tossing a football in the field, this park is usually a pretty quiet place. If you can find it, there's even a creek in the park.
Although I don't usually shop at Asia Bazar, a friend had told me their prices are cheaper on items which are also used in American cooking - rice and spices, for instance. I was dumbfounded by the number of food items I'd never heard of. I spent quite a while perusing the shelves and getting an education. My friend was right, too. There are quite a few things sold at Asia Bazar which are less expensive than Kroger or Publix - rice, beans, spices.
Their gas prices are high, but whose isn't these days? Of course, you can pay inside or at the pump with your debit or credit card. The convenience store carries just about everything you could need in an emergency (aspirin, milk, eggs, cereal, etc.) and things which make every day nicer (flavored coffees, donuts, chips, etc.) I don't usually go in, but have found the clerks friendly on those rare occasions when I do have to go inside the store.
The Atlanta History Center contains much more than just the history of Atlanta. It also includes history of Georgia, the South and the nation and contains items from the early 19th century to the present. There are permanent and temporary exhibits, military items, folk art, textiles, the exquisitely restored Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm living history center. The Atlanta History Center is much more than just history, however. It also includes a tour of the surrounding gardens and nature trails. We've enjoyed every visit here. Our only complaint is that we never have enough time to fully enjoy all the History Center has to offer.