Posted by Nina on Sep 6, 2009
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!) and then a more formal post after Labor Day.
After Alton Brown’s show we only had 1 day left in Atlanta so we chose to spend it at the Aquarium! It was full of amazing fish, otters, crocodiles, whales, sharks, you name it, they had it! After browsing the fish we headed up to the Titanic exhibit.
That was pretty amazing. We were each handed a boarding pass and then we were permitted to enter. We saw dishes, boxes, clothing, tools, and various other things that they have raised from Titanic. The boarding passes contained the name, class, and a brief story of someone aboard the ship and at the end of the exhibit you find out if that person lived or perished. Inside the 3rd class cabins you could hear the noises that the passengers would have heard aboard the ship and you could even touch an ice berg and feel how cold the water would have been that night.
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.
From there we headed to Savannah. We were told that it would storm the entire time we were there due to the hurricanes and tropical storms passing through, however, we only ran into one storm while we were there and very little rain. We got lucky! We spent a lot of time down on River Street and shopped in some of the stores there.
We headed up to Tybee Island to see Fort Pulaski for a Confederate giving musket demonstrations.. I was fascinated by the spinning wheel they had on display. It was amazing. I wanted to touch it.. but I didn’t. It stood tall and proud on display inside the shop there.
We spent our anniversary dinner at Paula Deen’s restaurant (more on this stuff later), and Sergey gave me the most beautiful sapphire and diamond earrings ever. Aren’t they beautiful?! So to sum up our vacation.. we had a blast.. we were sad to leave but happy to be home. We had a wonderful time together, and the food was amazing.. Alton Brown was awesome, and though we’re exhausted, we would go back in a heartbeat!