At carnival time in Spain I always imagined American Halloween, not its meaning, but to see them all in one environment and at a costume party. This year my son had his first typical American Halloween. It was a good experience. The decoration of houses is amazing, some more, some less, all too willing to let the kids run around the grounds, knocking on doors and singing the Trick or Treat. This festival is one of those that you show some American traditions, along with Valentine's Day and Easter where you collect chocolate eggs. A date to enjoy with family and friends.
We've been here several times to bowl. It's only 10 minutes from our house, and to rent a lane and the shoes it's only 10$ per person. We are not professionals, our score is less than 100 points, but we have fun here and the atmosphere is very nice. They have all kinds of clientele: professionals, friends, and families. There is also a space for entertaining. The alley is pretty big, and there's a café, a pro shop and a playground. All scoring is done electronically and on the monitors, between turns they show cartoons. A place to spend a nice evening, reasonably priced.
Dreamland is a classic ribs and burgers places on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross. The decor has a Southern charm with old license plates and framed articles hanging on the wall. There are also several TVs where you can watch the game and a game room for the kids. The menu includes the restaurant's famous macaroni and cheese, BBQ (bathed in the restaurant's famous sauce), and sides like fries, baked potatoes, and various salads. When you sit down on the table, there's a bowl of barbecue sauce with some bread for dipping.
The accept credit cards and offer food to go. If you're a fan of barbecue, it's a good place to look into.
Formerly known as North Fulton Park, Chastain Park is located in a rich part of Atlanta. There's no way to get there except by car (like many places in America, and especially here in Atlanta, where the public transport is barely worth mentioning), but it does have plenty of parking available. Chastain Park is essentially a golf course, but it also has 3 baseball fields, 10 tennis courts, 1 football pitch, 1 olympic pool, and 5 fields for American football, as well as a route for more than 6 km for running. Plus, this is where you'll find the Chastain Park Amphitheatre, home to great concerts every summer. It's a great place to go and explore, and in autumn there's a festival for local artists to present their paintings, sculptures, photos, handicrafts and more.
When you're visiting Little Five Points, then you really have to go to Criminal Records, a must for anyone who loves music. It's a huge store, specializing in independent labels. You'll find CDs and vinyls, as well as clothes, accessories, souvenirs, books and more. The best place to find all the info about that band that's currently playing in a garage in North Dakota but is on the verge of making it big! There's also a section of second-hand disks for $1, worth checking out because you can find the occasional gem here. And there's comics and anime, too.
Here in Decatur you'll find plenty of hippies, indepent and original places, and you really can't miss a stop at one of the last surviving record stores: Decatur CD. You can't miss the graffiti on the wall outside. Inside, it's a small shop that might go unnoticed if it weren't for the excellent selection of music. You can find CDs from $2 to $150, as well as special editions and collectors sets.
Within the indie-hippie tour that you should do in Decatur, you can not miss a visit to Full Moon Records. It is one of the surviving CD stores from the 90's (founded in 1991) and is a great place especially for finding local music made in Georgia, but for anything from country and jazz to rock and roll. You should also go as early as possible to find yourself the best treasure. There's a rumor that because of new building owners among other things that this iconic store of musical culture may be closing soon so get there soon!
Until the 1996 Olympics, Atlanta was a city developing very slowly, with no more claims to fame than the busiest airport in the world (Hartfield Jackson), and being the birthplace of Coca Cola, Ray Charles, and James Brown. But the games changed the city significantly. One change was the arrival of the metro, known as MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). You must buy a plastic card that costs $2, and each trip is between $1.40 and $2.00.
There are four interconnected lines around the metropolitan area and a little bit beyond. It is really useful if you want to travel quickly to Turner Field, the Aquarium, and the major tourist and urban areas in the city. But it's essentially useless if you want to go outside the center. I live in Marietta, and when I asked Google Maps how to get from my house to Downtown, it told me: "Better take a taxi." However, I should emphasize that one important feature of the Marta is its direct access to the airport. All the stations have free parking, to encourage people to drive less and use public transport instead.
Mojo Vinyl is the place to go to listen to music as it should be heard. It is just 15 minutes from Atlanta in the town of Roswell, and specializes in rare vinyl albums. Looking for an unusual jazz album? You're sure to find it here, and if not, you can make a custom order. This store is reason enough to visit Roswell!
In 2009 it was known as the Roxy Theatre (personally, I preferred that name), but after being remodelled in 2010, it is now the Buckhead Theatre. That's the name of the Atlanta neighborhood where it is located, the financial district. The Roxy - sorry, the Buckhead - holds just over 2,000 people, and is popular with bands that aren't big enough for a full stadium tour, for example OK Go and Soul Asylum. But it can also be rented for private events.