I've made a fair number of visits to Atlanta since I moved to Sarasota.
It all began when I stayed with friends in Atlanta on my way down from Cambridge, MA to Sarasota FL.
Later I was there on two different occasions with two different Brazilian friends, both of whom were determined to visit the CNN Centre and the "World of Coke" before they returned to their homeland.
(Atlanta is famous in many other countries simply because of CNN and Coke!)
I was in ATL again for the ordination to the priesthood of my friend Tracy Wells Miller (to Atlanta on a morning flight, back home on an evening flight._
On three of these visits I was able to see my Atlanta area based pals Susan Hughes and Lisa Coston. Woot woot!
I was there again Nov 14/15 2015 for a party. More about this in a minute.
My hotel was in Alpharetta. I took advantage of an early arrival to visit and have tea with a woman with whom I had attended the same school on Bristol, UK (and her husband).
We were at school together from 1955-1960. We scarcely knew each other in those school days, and we've never been together in the intervening 55 years.
Nonetheless we had a lovely time together with our sour and sweet memories of a school in which we had been imprisoned for five year.
She was Christine Stoate then, from a suburb of Bristol named Whitchurch. Now she is Christine Haslam, and her husband is Tom.