Today, thanks to Twitter, we knew that we could get $5 tickets to the High Museum of Art if we got there before noon, so we did. When we were waiting for the elevator, we ran into our friend Steve and some other people from Emerson UU, where we've been going. It turns out that Millie, one of the members there, is a docent and they were going to follow her tour around the High. We couldn't wait for the whole thing, since it was after 11 and we knew I would have to eat before 2 to keep my sugar levels steady, so we went ahead of the group to see Monet's Water Lilies. It was awesome to see those wonderful photos of Monet's garden at Giverny upclose and personal, especially the huges canvases that I have only seen in photos. We also went ahead and covered the exhibition of 'On the Beach," photos by Robert Misrach. Misrach used photos of the ocean and of sunbathers on the beach to express feelings of loneliness and isolation after 9/11, and they are just incredible. I had never heard of him, so they were a wonderful surprise to me. We then caught up with the group for the rest of the tour at the Louvre exhibit.I'm glad we did, because I learned things about some of the Louvre exhibits, the Contemporary Art exhibits, and the Folk Art exhibits that I would certainly not have otherwise known.
We left the tour when they got to the Water Lilies, and went to the Vortex in downtown Atlanta to eat. I didn't know there was a Vortex downtown; I've only been to the one in Little 5 Points. But the Vortex downtown is every bit as good. If you live near Atlanta and for some reason haven't been to either Vortex, or if you're visiting Atlanta, go there and order one of the burgers. You can experiment with other entrees later, but it is the burgers that the Vortex is famous for and one bite will tell you why. For a while I thought Five Guys might rival them,but that was just because I had not been to the Vortex for a while. Now I have to say that, hands down, the Vortex burger is the best I've ever put in my mouth. A burger and either tator tots, cole slaw, or french fries will cost you between $6.50-$7.95, but it's worth every penny.
And don't miss the decor..skeletons on real motorcycles, bikes, wagons, and aircraft hanging from the ceiling, photos of pinups and all kinds of other eclectic decorations will keep your eyes entertained while you wait for your food.
So, altogether, the High and the Vortex made a perfect Atlanta outing, and we didn't break the bank. Meeting our friends unexpectedly was just lagniappe.
I love Atlanta so much. We don't go downtown very often, because Ken hates driving in it, but one day I'm going to live close enough to take MARTA like I used to when I lived in Decatur, and I'll go downtown a lot more often!