World of Coca-Cola – Photos Nov27

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World of Coca-Cola – Photos

OK – we’ll make this quick, cause it was really just another day doing a typically touristy thing. It was fun, but and handful of photos will do it plenty of justice. We began our visit to Atlanta with a meet up with Doug and his wife for lunch at the Varsity Drive-In. The folks behind the counter literally yell “what’ll ya have” to take your order. It was interesting for sure. Reminiscent of Dick’s Last Resort, where the stick is rude service – an interesting experience for sure.

The downtown Atlanta location is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside. On days when the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are playing a home game, over 30,000 people visit The Varsity. Two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili are made from scratch daily.

Plenty of people were there and seemed happy, but having not eaten fast food or really visited a chain restaurant in 8 months, we were unimpressed. We shared a pair of tiny hot dogs and looked forward to eating Kim’s left-over delicious sandwiches for dinner later.

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Back in 1997, Doug and Allison met as neighbors while living in SF (the first time around). Soon thereafter Doug left his corporate job to become a nomad and travel across the globe collecting stamps in his passport. Sound familiar? He kept an online journal before it was called blogging and eventually met his future wife Luca in Brazil. Allison was all too excited to receive that wedding invitation and off to Carnival she went to see how Brazilian’s celebrated. Through the years, Doug and Allison kept in touch and have managed a few visits when their paths crossed. This time the crossing was in Atlanta.

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The three top choices of tourist things to do in Atlanta are the CNN headquarters, The World of Coke and the Aquarium. After a short negotiation, the four of us decided to go do Coke. It’s essentially a 3-story immersion in their brand, a blizzard of red and white and happiness marketing.

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We also suffered through the 4D movie experience. Apparently that’s the new popular thing, since we’ve run into them at several museums and attractions lately. The 4th dimension is the jarring, whiplash inducing motion of your seat and it usually involves some water being spritzed in your face while you watch a loud 3-D movie.

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Our favorite part of the day was at the very end of the tour, the tasting room, where we had free reign to try as many of the soda flavors from around the world as our heart’s desired. Some of them were yummy and others we had to choke down.

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The tour was capped off with a free coke in a classic glass bottle to take home and the requisite long, winding exit through their large gift store. We can check that off our list – World of Coke – been there, done that.