Monday, March 23, 2009

Atlanta Getaway

This weekend my husband and I decided to get away for a night and do something new. We headed a couple of hours to Atlanta and although we had both been to Atlanta many times, we did a few things that neither of us had ever done.

First, we went to the Georgia Aquarium, which I highly recommend if you have never been. You are sure to see something you have never seen. We saw Beluga Whales, Whale Sharks, Sea Otters and much more. I especially loved the Sea Otters. They were so cool! I'd like to have one as a pet. We were highly entertained while watching them. My favorite photo was of this Pacific Sea Nettle. I don't think I would want to come across this jellyfish while walking on the beach!

After enjoying the aquarium and a nice walk through Centennial Park, we decided to drive out to an Atlanta suburb called Lilburn, GA, to see the BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu Temple. It was amazing! I have never been inside of a Hindu temple before, so that in itself was quite an experience for me. The beauty of the temple and carvings were breathtaking. This is the largest traditional Vedic Hindu Temple of stone and marble to be constructed in the United States. We were only allowed to take photos outside. I guess you will have to go visit yourself to see inside! I have to say, it is worth the trip. Here are two photos of the outside. Isn't it beautiful?


  1. beautiful photos! great tips on where to go in Atlanta- thanks!

  2. such pretty shots - ever since finding nemo, i can't look at jellyfish the same way anymore. :)

    i've never been inside of a hindu temple before either, but that one looks gorgeous!

  3. I heart the jellyfish!!!What a beautiful picture!

  4. this looks great! I have never spent any time in GA - just driven through it a couple of times. I'd love to explore it some day!
    ps - I'm a fellow UWIB member!

  5. Wow what a great trip! My husband and I have been talking about trying to plan some little weekend trips this Spring..that is the way to do it! :)

  6. Ah, Georgia is such a beautiful state. I've only driven thru, and hopefully someday when my hubby and I retire, we'll get that mobile home and head down that way again.
    I'd love to see that Hindu temple, too. :) You took a beautiful picture of it!

  7. Wow, Claire. That temple is SO beautiful! I am actually studying Hinduism right now.
    I hope you and Caleb had a great trip :) Happy birthday love!!!!!