Saturday, November 19th:
We left Gatlinburg, Tennessee and drove to Atlanta, Georgia where my cousin, Tiersha, her husband, Josh, and their daughter, Charlotte live!
We haven't seen Tiersha since our wedding and I can't even remember the last time we saw Josh (Utah, maybe?) so we had a great time catching up with these two!
That night we got a baby sitter so the four adults could go to dinner and see the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, which was awesome!
Sunday, November 18th:
The next morning the five of us went to the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We walked through the Canopy and saw the Earth Goddess before walking to the Children's Garden so Charlotte could run around.
We then went into the Edible Garden and the Orchid Center.
After walking around the Gardens we went and had lunch at Bantam + Biddy. OMG! I got the cheese biscuits and gravy with fried chicken and it was amazing! My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it!
After lunch we drove drove to the Centennial Olympic Park, which is a 21 acre park that was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
We walked around the park and then crossed the street to see the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. We didn't end up going into either of these though, maybe next time!
[Josh with the Coca-Cola guy statue]
[Centennial Olympic Park]
After exploring the park we went to a mall to get Sprinkles Cupcakes. Apparently there was a concert at the mall that night so parking was a nightmare. Tiersha and I ended up jumping out of the car on the road and walking to the mall instead of dealing with the mess.
After we got our cupcakes we went back to Tiersha and Josh's house where we had pizza and watched the Packers game.
Monday, November 21st:
We got up, had some breakfast, and said goodbye to my dear cousin. Thanks so much for hosting us, feeding us, and showing us around Atlanta! We had so much fun catching up!
From Atlanta we drove to Montgomery, Alabama. We parked in the downtown area where we were able to easily walk to the State Capitol, the First White House of the Confederacy, and the Civil Rights Memorial.
[Alabama State Capitol]
[First White House of the Confederacy]
The Civil Rights Memorial consists of a waterfall and a fountain which has the names, dates, and story of 41 people who died in the struggle for equal rights between 1954 and 1968.
[Civil Rights Memorial]
After visiting a few sites we got back in the SUV and drove along the historic Highway 80 to Selma.
We crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which was the site of "Bloody Sunday" on March 7, 1965. Then we drove through downtown to the Brown Chapel AME Church, which was the starting point for the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965.
[Brown Chapel AME Church]
[Edmund Pettus Bridge]
From Selma we traveled southwest to Biloxi, Mississippi. We arrived at the Biloxi Lighthouse at sunset. We walked out onto the pier and took a few pictures before heading to the Half Shell Oyster House for dinner.
At dinner I got a delicious spicy, cajun shrimp dish along with some grits! We are in the South after all!
After dinner we drove to New Orleans and checked into our "French Quarter View, King, Corner Suite" where we will be staying for the next four nights!