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27 November 2017

Going For A Crazy Cabbagetown Walk | Atlanta, Georgia, Pt. 2

The title of this blog post might be slightly misleading. It's not exactly about walking in Cabbagetown, although we did walk there. It's about walking around Atlanta with a certain mindset - >>a crazy Cabbagetown mindset<<. It's also about the Cabbagetown spirit that comes into full-force in the face of ex-tropical cyclone weather barrelling across the city.

If you haven't heard of Cabbagetown, it's a funky, quirky little neighborhood in Atlanta, full of interesting and fascinating people. We spent some time there with friends when we fled from Hurricane Irma. You can read more about our crazy Cabbagetown time here.

But enough about that, let's get on with our walk. Which isn't really a single walk as much as it's a compilation of many walks over many days, because, let's be honest, the >>crazy Cabbagetown mindset<< isn't really about keeping track of what day of the week it is.

Here's one of things Cabbagetown is known for - crazy street art.


Story time at a children's bookstore. Yes, that's a drag queen. So worth the walk to see this. Aren't those eyelashes amazing? I wonder if it hurts to take them off.


Proof that actual walking did take place.


I don't think this bike is going anywhere.


We walked to this bar. The good thing about walking is that you don't feel as guilty when you have nachos and some beer.


This is the Sweet Auburn Market. Everything looked so delicious there, but we had eaten so much during our time in Atlanta, we couldn't eat any more. Okay, that's a lie. I'm pretty sure we had pizza of some variety later that night.


Take a close look at this. Notice the cars hanging off of the side of this parking garage? Isn't that insane?


We got stopped by some panhandlers here. Actually, we got stopped by panhandlers lots of places. They see your camera and ask you if you're visiting. I find it helps if you start speaking Hungarian in response. Not that I speak Hungarian, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't know if I was speaking it or not.


My family loves visiting cemeteries. They'd think the Oakland Cemetery is awesome. And it is. Margaret Mitchell is buried there. So is some famous golfer. I didn't have a clue who he was, but Scott did.




It would be wrong to visit Atlanta and not walk up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. So we did. Such a moving place. Everyone should spend time there.


Now for the non-walking part. The people of Cabbagetown are resilient. In the face of awful weather, they focus on the truly important things, like finding a place to charge their devices and freeze their chicken.

Here's a picture of some of the local residents hanging out in the house we were staying at. It was one of the few places in the neighborhood to have power after the remnants of Hurricane Irma swept through.


Look at all of this chicken! The lady who brought it over to keep it from thawing knows a serious sale on chicken when she sees one. Seeing all of this is giving me a craving for a chicken salad sandwich, preferably curry chicken salad. 


Let's stop for a minute and indulge me in a crazy cat lady moment. Look at this cat - isn't he adorable? His name is Deck Star. His human built him a little platform on top of a newspaper box, complete with a food dispenser. And just in case you were confused as to what the platform was all about, the helpful sign on the wall lets you know that >>cat goes here<<.


Deck Star lives near Little's Food Store. The folks at Little's lost power, but they're not the type to cry and whine about all of their meat going bad. No, these people are true Cabbagetownians. A storm and power outage can only mean one thing - a street party. They got out the grills and cooked up amazing burgers, steak and potatoes and passed it out for free. By the way, we walked here.


Scott really got into the swing of things. He bought a couple of 12-packs of beer and started handing them out. I think he may have secretly been running for Mayor of Cabbagetown and trying to buy votes, one can at a time.


It's not a street party without music.


And we'll have to wrap it up here because I need to go for a walk. No, not really. What I really need is to fix myself a snack. All this talk about chicken, burgers and steak is making me a little peckish.

Would you park your car in that crazy parking lot? What's the last walk you went on? What do you have in your freezer?

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30 comments:

  1. Love the street art! And that parking garage is wild. I guess that's one way to make sure you have enough room/space. Yikes!

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    1. I wonder what the parking garage is like inside. As crazy as it is outside?

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  2. Every cat has his place.
    A drag queen reading a children's book? That would've been a first for me as well.
    And yes, that parking garage is insane. Bet it's all to fit more cars inside.

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    1. Apparently it's a thing to have drag queens read children's books. The kids get a kick out of it.

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  3. Love the cat photo and the uniqueness of Cabbagetown ~ fun photos and so glad you had your friends to stay with and have fun besides ~ despite the weather ~

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. It was a wonderful stay in Cabbagetown. Almost turned our evacuation into a vacation :-)

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  4. It's great that people do pull together when things like this happen, Ellen. Was there damage done or just loss of electricity? We're so dependent on it these days. What would life be without my laptop? :(

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    1. I don't think any real damage was done, thankfully. I'm with you when it comes to my laptop. I don't think I can survive without it.

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  5. Deck Star is cute! I'd want to go there just to see him. :) I, too, like to visit cemeteries.

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  6. I love this. Mostly there is frozen pizza in my freezer and Ezekial Bread. Plus ravioli, but my husband was just diagnosed with Acid Reflux and can't eat red sauce, so the ravioli will be frozen for a long time! I go on a walk every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and I watch the sun come up. It's lovely. I also walk with a friend in our local park at lunch. We see cars driving by, kids on swings, and other people trying to lose a few pounds! Cabbagetown seems like a great place.

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    1. I had to google Ezekial bread :-) I feel sad for your hubby. A life without red sauce would be a challenge for me.

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  7. I'd hate to have my car parked on the top floor of that parking garage. Imagine the birds hanging out on the ledge.

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    1. That's true - hadn't thought about the bird aspect of it :-)

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  8. Cabbagetown looks like a really fun place to visit. We don't have a car here while we are visiting, fortunately most things are within walking distance. The farthest grocery store will give you a ride in their van, so we walk there, buy lots, and they give a ride back to the marina.

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    1. Cabbagetown and the rest of Atlanta that we saw was heaps of fun.

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  9. How fun. I would have enjoyed your walk.

    I did love those eyelashes. I'll bet it did hurt to take them off too.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. They are fabulous, but I couldn't stand the pain of taking them off.

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  10. I love how the kitty has his own spot.

    There's just something about a colorful fruit and vegetable section in a store that just draws me in.

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    1. Colorful fruits and vegies really catch my eye too.

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  11. This place has everything to like! Even the bike has an artsy look to it. Loved the street art and I could walk there any time.

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    1. I thought that was a really cool picture of the bike that Scott took. A form of street art :-)

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  12. Interesting post . Love the eyelashes and the dress on that storyteller! There is something fascinating about cemeteries. I love to look at old cemetery stones . We have a Hessian cemetery about 10 miles away that is from the War of Independence ( the Hessians were hired by the British to fight the Americans. Enjoyed your post

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    1. That would be a really interesting cemetery to go visit.

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  13. Oh, this is awesome. Unfortunately, panhandlers make my partner and I terribly uncomfortable, so we tend to stick with the Outer Banks instead of seeing the world. ~sigh~ So glad I found this. I feel like you and I could be related in some ways. I am sad because my local market stopped offering their curry chicken salad. It will probably be back next September with their rotating 'menu' near the deli. That was awesome stuff. Thank you for all the chuckles! I always laugh out loud reading your clever posts.

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    1. I never know what to say to panhandlers either. I know most of them have fallen on really hard times and I hate saying no.

      Love, love, love curry chicken salad!

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  14. Great post! It's really fun and interesting to see a part of our town from an "outsider's" perspective. I'm glad you found the locals to be so welcoming and hospitable. That street party sounds over-the-top fun. Reminds me of the camaraderie we had with neighbors in our old-fashioned neighborhood in Maryland. :)

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    1. The street party was such a great time. It definitely seems like a close-knit community.

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  15. So much fun going on! Most intriguing for me is knowing that Margaret Mitchell also has the name Marsh - Mitchell was my unmarried name. Spooky coincidence - or not really.

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