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We really hated to leave Georgia and we had a wonderful time! The week flew by and there was still so much we wanted to see so I think we will have to plan another trip! I’d even venture to say we had a better time in Georgia than we did in California.. but shh! don’t tell anyone I said that! I’ll give a quick update and some photos (since I know that’s why you’re really here!).

The day we arrived we quickly ran to get our rental car and checked in to our hotel in Atlanta and then ran to the Good Eat’s 10th Anniversary show. It will air on the Food Network on October 10th at 10:00PM. We weren’t allowed to photograph or record the program so all we were able to get were a few shots of the band that played and various stage changes. We had center stage seats and we weren’t all that far away (seats 120-something). The show wasn’t your average cooking show. There wasn’t any actual cooking.. instead it was more like a variety show. It started off with him sitting on the sofa with Ted Allen interviewing him, then moved through various performances of game show quizzes and clips from previous episodes. There was 1 other taping earlier in the day but our show lasted longer and was much louder than the first show. If you see a a red and white pixel (red hair, white top) center stage when it airs, that’s probably me!

The next day we checked out of our hotel and headed to the aquarium. We spent the entire day there. We got to see a couple feedings and the fish were all amazing. Aquariums are one of my favorite places to be. I’d live under water if I could! Everyone knows how much I love to swim! The penguins were having their habitat rebuilt so we didn’t get to see them. :(

We had tickets to the Titanic exhibit and went there after browsing the fish. I can’t even tell you how amazing and tragically sad it all felt to me. You got to see a recreation of a 1st class & 3rd class rooms, actual clothes and luggage, and even smell the perfume of some of the passengers. There were dozens of dishes and pots and things you could see, and every item I saw, I kept being reminded of just how many people lost loved ones that fateful night.. so it was a bittersweet experience. I was fascinated by everything they managed to pull up and preserve and yet saddened by the tragic loss of life that made these things so famous… even more bittersweet at the end of the voyage you find out of the people you were and were with survived.

My pass was a 1st class woman by the name of Mrs. Henry Birkhardt Harris (Irene Wallch) who was 36yrs old and from New York, New York. She was accompanied by her husband and stayed in cabin C-83. They were returning from an extended holiday in Europe. Her husband Henry was a famous Broadway producer who owned the Follies Bergere. Henry so depended on Renee for advice in his business that he often said “If anything happens to me, she could pick up the reins.” While on Titanic Renee slipped and broke her arm… Sergey said that sounds exactly like me so very fitting I was given her boarding pass.

Sergey was given the pass of Mr. Paul Edvin Andreasson who was 20yrs old and traveling in 3rd class. Paul was sailing from Southampton and was from Småland, Sweden. He was accompanied by Albert Augustsson, Carl Jonsson, Nils Johansson, and Olga Lundin (friends). He was traveling to be with his brother Earnst, who lived in Chicago. In Sweden, he had trained for seven years to become a blacksmith. Presumably, he planned to look for work as a smith in Chicago. Paul was one of 106 Swedes on Titanic, almost all of whom traveled in third class.

My passenger survived Titanic, Sergey’s did not…it was a great reminder never to take a day with him for granted. We then jumped in our car and headed out to Savannah.

We decided OK, I decided, that we should take a ghost of Savannah tour and there were tons to choose from.. one of them you even ride in a hearse! I couldn’t talk my husband into getting on a hearse so we settled for the T.A.P.S. tour.. the one that was featured on Sci-Fi’s Ghost Hunter’s. We got our tickets and waited for the black trolley to come pick us up. It was PACKED! Every single seat filled. I forgot to snap a photograph of the trolley guide but I managed to snap a photo of the house tour guide. The inside of the trolley is decked out something like an old hearse or coffin.. I am not sure which is more appropriate. The first stop is an old Manor house that we all left the trolley and went into a pitch black house and you’re shuffled from room to room until you are moved into the slave quarters and you are played a recording that T.A.P.S. was supposed to have recorded. You then tour the grounds and back to the trolley you go! You then drive by various houses and hear the stories of the people who lived there. The last stop is of an old Cemetery where a man was murdered and the crime was never solved. I won’t give away all the details.. if you are ever in Savannah, you should check one out! They are at the very least, fun! We didn’t catch a ghost on film, but one of the men next to me swears he captured one on his cell phone… I sort of think it looked like a reflection from my camera flash.. but who am I to ruin his fun?

We spent our anniversary eating at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady & Sons. I caught a cold from a woman at the aquarium and spent most of the day in bed.. even with the sickness… it was still probably the best vacation we have ever had!

My mother & father in-law came from Russia to spend the month of October with us. It was my first time meeting them! I am proud to say that they are wonderful people and I miss them very much! I hope that we get to spend more time together very soon. We took them to Washington for a vacation.. I was really impressed with the museums we got to see.. but they were more impressed with walking around the city. I wish we had stayed longer so we could have gotten to see more of the historical sites but we have decided to take another trip some day. We spent some time at the veteran memorials and I was fascinated by the wall with the soliders names on it and the ghostly figures. It really hit home just how many loved ones are lost during battles.

We took a trip to Reno, NV recently and as I sipped on soda and ate airport sandwiches I began thinking of what I wanted to do when I arrived. I don’t smoke or gamble so the usual tourist attractions go out the window right there! I decided to take a trip to Lake Tahoe and spend the day stopping at the vista points and the usual sight seeing. Reno was amazingly beautiful and they have a Whole Foods that make all others look like street hot dog stands! Those of you who have a local Whole Foods have no idea how lucky you are! We decided to stop for lunch there nearly every day of our stay.

We booked a room in the Peppermill Casino… which was an adventure of sorts! Their brochure said that they had a full spa and night club only when we arrived it was under construction (hence, there was none.. YET!) and the room they put us in was supposed to have double queen beds — they lied about that too! We got a room with 2 full sized beds over looking the construction — FUN STUFF! Complaining to the front desk got us a room switch to the beautiful new tower section — but, as I said, all there was to do was eat and gamble. We ate until we thought we couldn’t eat anymore! and we lost about $10 each gambling.

The whole trip wasn’t a downer though! We had a blast at the Balloon Races and that alone made the trips worth while!