Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia is located about an hour north of Atlanta. IMG_6015

In 1828, Dahlonega was the site of the first major gold rush in the United States.IMG_6010This is the Dahlonega Gold Rush Museum Historic Site. It stands in the middle of the town square. Around the square are cute shops and restaurants.IMG_6012  IMG_6016

I met my friend Paula and her boyfriend Tommy and this wonderful pub, Shenanigans. IMG_6036  The food was great! (I forgot to take food photos) It was great catching up with Paula and meeting her boyfriend for the first time.(He is a good soul) It was a wonderful afternoon. IMG_6029

IMG_6031Oh and this coffee shop was adorable.IMG_6032So go look around, pan for gold, go tubing, or kayaking or hiking.

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Staycationers Historic Oakland Cemetery is a great place to visit. IMG_5954

IMG_6004It is a huge gardening cemetery. IMG_5959  IMG_5999

This is Maynard Jackson’s grave.IMG_5962He was Atlanta’s first African American Mayor and served for three terms. Atlanta’s airport is named Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

This is where Bobby Jones is buried. IMG_5989

Then across the street is Six Feet Under…a restaurant.IMG_5969More about that later.

Neighbors are the best!

I live on a cup-de-sac, with the BEST neighbors ever. I have another group of neighborhood friends one street over.  They are AWESOME also! IMG_5907We had a little get together last night to say goodbye to one of our favorite families. IMG_5944Every morning Bradley Cooper is greeted by the kids. They love him and he loves them. He is going to miss them a great deal.IMG_5900

This is a wonderful neighborhood! IMG_5914 IMG_5875     IMG_5948Willy had a great time too!

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

“A Mandir is a place of paramount peace….to realize God”

– Pramukh Swami Maharaj

IMG_5847A Mandir is a Hindu place of Worship. This one is located in Lilburn Georgia, a little way north of Atlanta. A fun and easy trip for staycationers…IMG_5842I had company today. My nieces accompanied me to this temple.

More than 34,000 pieces were hand carved in India and shipped to USA and assembled in 17 months by volunteers.

This is an amazingly peaceful and loving place. Inside there are shrines to spiritual leaders and Deities. We couldn’t photograph inside. I wish I could have though, it is simply amazing. The carving details are fabulous. IMG_5844This is from the outside, it is even more intricate on the interior. IMG_5845They have classes and social gatherings too.

IMG_5846These people were all dressed up beautifully and playing instruments.

All in all it was an amazing day.IMG_5864

Rain Thai and Sushi Bar

I have not been here in a long while and I am not sure why.  It is so great!images-2 We started out with gyoza , it was so fresh and sweet. It was light and airy. Then Twp Tuna, White tuna and red tuna, it was delicious. Then the unreal best came out.Rain 2Lobster roll and volcano roll. Lobster Roll is unreal, so great! Vocano roll is excellent. You have to visit this restaurant! Let me know what you think.