Sunday, December 6, 2009

Chilly Day in Atlanta

Part 2:
After meeting with Layla,
I was so happy to go visit with one of my best friends
on the planet.
Meet Elisha ~

Don't you just LOVE her hair !
I have never been brave enough or bold enough to pull
off something like that. And she's not just wearing it...
she's rockin' it !

Looking at this photo, I can't help thinking...
when did I get to be so "vanilla"?
Maybe I need to rethink my make-up choices...
be a little more bold...
who wants to blend, anyway?
Alyssa and Dylan with E.
We had killer cuban food at LaFonda Latina on Ponce.
There isn't a cuban restautant within 150 miles of home,
so I was lovin' this!
LaFonda... it's been too long.

After our delicious cuban dinner, we headed over to
Zesto's diner for ice cream.

McBig Mouth.

Now let me take you on a little tour...

We had to go by our old home.
The Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts.
By far the coolest apartment I ever had in Atlanta.
I had always wanted to live in a loft, and loved every second of
it. This cotton mill began operations in 1881 and
Cabbagetown was built as the surrounding mill town and was
the first textile processing mill built in the south. .
This area is home to many artists, musicians, and now
professional people as well. (Yuppies)

Now the area is affectionately referred to as the
Yuppie Ghetto.
I'm not kidding.
Check the next photo.

Only a few blocks from historic Candler and Inman Parks,
and Little 5 Points.
This home belonged to the founder of Coca Cola.
Just blocks from the Ghetto.

I used to love driving by these homes everyday,
taking my son to school. Beautiful victorian homes painted
vibrant colors and covered with gingerbread and fretwork.

And only blocks away from Martin Luther King's birth home.

I love the little shotgun houses through out Cabbage town.

I know that some people cringe at the sight of it...
but I even loved seeing all of the graffiti art.
This was one of my all time favorite pieces, painted on
the wall next to my loft apartment.
"The angel of cabbagetown."

Just past this wall is the Krog Street Tunnel.
To a tourist, this is probably a scary place.
A dark tunnel underneath the train tracks, and in
the Ghetto. But to many in Atlanta, this has long been
a sort of 'public art' space. A ghetto landmark.
You may disagree ~
but this is art.
And I love it.

And it is ever changing.
Always, within a few days or weeks, kids will start
"tagging", and covering over the nicer art.
But the artists always come back, cover the graffiti,
and paint new murals.

Wish I could have seen this one before it was defaced.
Bob Marley.

I love Atlanta.
I love the diversity.
I love the vibrancy.
I love the culture.
I love my pinkest best friend.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of East Atlanta.


  1. The art is magnificent and your friend looks like so much fun. My, Dylan is growing up! Can't wait to watch your creations with Layla on Tue. I'm just SO impressed!!

  2. So cool - there was a train overpass near where I grew up with the same kind of public art space. It was always changing :)

  3. OMG! I am such a wimp at going to extremes...your friend is adorable...maybe I could try some 'red' lipstick for starters..LOL Lovely homes!!

  4. Thank you Teresa, for the wonderful tour! I too, enjoy graffiti. I'm continually amazed at the secretive artistry that combs the inner city. I'm a big fan of Banksy, although I don't think I'd be happy to have him show up on the side of my home!
    Glad you got to have a reunion with your friend.

  5. Wow -- very cool - - thanks for sharing! Love your friend's hair! Hope you have a great week!


  6. Wow you have to admired someone who can pull off pink hair!

    Amazing homes, I just want to take a walk in that neighborhoood!

  7. That was fun! I enjoyed your tour! I have never really wanted to go to Atlanta, but now I do! Lurch and I have always wanted to live in a downtown loft but have never had the chance. Now that we are empty nesters, we have been considering it again. Would love to hear more of the pros and cons from you!



My Grandmother always told me, "If you hang around with skunks, you're gonna get some stink on you."