When the Delegals travel, there's no whining. Our motto is, "It's an adventure" (because happiness is an attitude). We were staying in Buckhead, north of Atlanta, so we began our day by riding MARTA to downtown Atlanta. Although we got off at the wrong stop, the MARTA driver and passengers were helpful in getting us back on and off at the right stop. A 15-minute walk (down hills as sharp as those in San Francisco) got us to our destination, the Georgia Aquarium. We had to wait in long lines in the heat and humidity for about 2 hours, but it was well worth it. I have so many good pictures I'd like to share, but will have to do so on Facebook. One of the most amazing exhibits was Ocean Voyager where one could find manta rays, whale sharks, and giant groupers. The tank was so big, the whale sharks were able to swim out of sight and then reappear.
When we finished, we headed back up the long hill and caught the MARTA back to Buckhead. It was only after we made our way to the street that we found we had gone one stop too far. We were staying at the Westin next to Lenox Square and found that the hotel was on the opposite side of the mall. By the time we trudged through the crowded mall and got back to the hotel, we were exhausted. All we wanted to do was cool off.
Later in the evening, we found a great Italian restaurant about a block up the road, called Maggiano's Little Italy. It was in a quaint building with a bakery/cafe fronting the street. We'd walked passed it earlier in the day on our way to catch the MARTA and the aroma was enticing, so we returned and were rewarded with the best atmosphere (dark wood paneling, checked table cloths, linen napkins, and a live piano bar where a crooning male voice sang some American standards [jazz]--my favorite), the best waitstaff (quick, personable, well-organized), and absolutely the BEST Italian food we have ever had. When the chef learned it was our first visit, he made his way to our table to share a taste of one of his delicious appetizers. The portions were VERY generous and it was reasonably priced and we returned to the hotel with enough food to feed a family of six.