Day 97: World of Coke – we had to do it!

Our trip to World of Coke was full of interesting sights.

Our trip to World of Coke was full of interesting sights.

I was in Atlanta once a number of years ago – probably at least 10 or 12.  I went with several girlfriends to visit another friend  who was living there at the time.  We had a lot of fun, except  that I caught one of the worst headcolds of my life that weekend.  I was miserable a lot of the time, looked like the walking dead and I’m sure my friends were terrified that I’d infect them with my terrible illness.  I think I started feeling better about the time we left, so a lot of the trip was wasted on me!

Even in my DayQuil-induced fog, I remember several things about that trip.  We toured some kind of historic plantation-style home.  I can’t remember much about it except that it was really pretty and I enjoyed it a lot.  I tried to figure out where it was so we could go this time but I couldn’t find it in any of the travel information I looked at.  If anyone knows what this might be, leave me a comment.

None of us opted for the $20 picture with the kind of scary looking Coke bear!

None of us opted for the $20 picture with the kind of scary looking Coke bear!

Anyway, another thing that I really enjoyed was visiting the World of Coke and I always thought it would be something that Big Daddio would like.  Based on that memory, I loaded up everyone (including the baby) and headed out on the MARTA again.  Even my son-in-law came along and he’s only lukewarm on tourist attractions.  At least the train was less crowded this time.

We still don't know the secret formula for Coke - although the said it was hidden in the vault.

We still don’t know the secret formula for Coke – although the said it was hidden in the vault.

We met my daughter Lauren downtown and after lunch (which I will describe in my next post) we walked several blocks to the World of Coke.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t terribly crowded and we got right in.  Which was a good thing because the baby kept us on a tight schedule.  We did discover that there are some perks to traveling with a stroller.  They kept escorting our whole party (baby included) to the front of the line!  I might just take a stroller to every crowded event that I go to from now on.

They had the Final Four tropy displayed  - pretty cool!

They had the Final Four tropy displayed – pretty cool!

I’ve included a number of pictures from our visit – there was a lot to see.  I think we all enjoyed the tasting room the most.  We got to try sodas from around the world and some of them were really BAD!  It was hard to believe that anyone would like those flavors.

So many "photo ops" !

So many “photo ops” !

Here’s a link with information about going to this attraction if you’re in town: http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/.  It does cost $16 a person, so don’t go if you don’t have some time to spend (at least  a couple of  hours) and really like Coke! Big Daddio was especially impressed by the “free” bottle of Coke that they give you at the end of the tour.

That’s the story of our trip to the World of Coke!  I’ve got one more day of travel and then back to my projects.

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