Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South. We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats. If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here: Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III, The Varsity.
Are you having fun my friends sharing in the different things that my mom/dad and Bill/Jean got to explore during the trip to the south? Well today, we are going to talk about another tour that my mom and Bill went on. Jean and dad decided to sit out on this one and have deep conversations while mom and Bill toured. Why? Because this one involves EIGHT flights of stairs.
Yep you read that right. EIGHT flights of stairs and mom and Bill felt every single step towards the end of the tour.
But I’m getting ahead of myself like I seem to do at times. What tour did they go on here in the south? Of course it was the CNN tour located at One CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia. This is actually huge letters that are standing outside of the front door when you enter into the CNN Center. Cool huh?
Mom and Bill were pretty lucky because they walked up, purchased tickets and were able to go directly on the tour. It’s a 50 minute walking tour that starts off at a huge escalator. That’s right, to get to the tour you start off at the top and walk your way down. Now this picture of the escalator in the atrium absolutely does not show the justice of it going almost straight up.
In fact, this escalator is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest freestanding (supported only at the ends) escalator in the world. Does that put any fear into your head? Because I’ll tell you, mom grabbed on to the railings and Bill several times for support on this escalator that takes you all the way to the top to start the tour.
Here’s another shot of the escalator once you get all the way to the top. Can you tell from this picture how that escalator goes straight up and how it can be so long?
And that blue blob at the top – snorts. That’s the ‘world’ that you enter into the CNN tour. It’s really creative. And the building in the back of the picture – that is the Omni Hotel. See inside of the CNN Center it is huge! There is also a full food court downstairs, and police precinct, the hotel and I can’t tell you how many offices. It’s HUGE in this place. I kept telling mom she should take me as dad’s seeing eye pig but she wouldn’t go for it. tsk-tsk – the places I could have gotten into!
Now this is not the best picture because I took a picture from a picture that mom/Bill got from the tour. Once they made it to the top of the escalator, CNN saw the spark that Bill and mom had and immediately hired them for the CNN desk.
I mean come on – with mom’s southern accent and Bill’s Canadian accent – just think of the places they could go – snorts. I think I could see a new morning crew coming at you full of laughs and jokes.
During the tour, mom and Bill got to see many, MANY rooms filled to capacity like the one in this picture. Mom even asked the tour lady once exactly how many televisions were in the CNN Studios. The tour guide said she couldn’t even tell mom a number – there were that many. But an interesting piece of information mom did get. With all of the televisions, lights, cameras and computers, CNN’s electric bill is over $500,000 a month. Doesn’t make your electric bill look too bad now does it? Snorts.
And while they were doing the tour, Bill and mom got to meet some famous peeps like Ted Turner, Mike Rowe and Anderson Cooper. Okay maybe ‘meet’ is a stretch of the truth but they got to see some great pictures of them throughout the tour. And that brings me to another thing. As the tour is happening and you are walking around the studios, you are constantly being supervised by security. Go ahead and ask me why I know that… because someone – coughs and oinks Bill and mom – didn’t stay with the group one time and had to be redirected. Snorts – they were such shutterbugs! And at the end of the tour, it drops you off in the CNN Store as well as the Cartoon Network store.
05/04/2016 at 3:11 am
Now that is an adventure.
05/04/2016 at 10:06 am
It was a HUGE adventure my friend. So full of knowledge that CNN Center was. XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 4:32 am
Mum and Bill look very professional at the desk. That escalator looks daunting but also amazing. I wonder if Dad kept Jean entertained with a few jokes. 😀
05/04/2016 at 10:08 am
Snorts – It was definitely a fantastic tour with so much information. Mom and Bill got to see a lot of behind the scenes areas and the mysterious GREEN SCREEN. Oh my goodness – they said that was a hoot. And Bill took that picture with his camera of dad and Jean talking. I’m sure they had a ball chatting while the tour was taking place. XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 5:42 am
My Mom and Dad would have had to sit there with Miss Jean and your Dad too because no way could they do eight flights of stairs! Looks like a fascinating place to have a tour though!
05/04/2016 at 10:09 am
They do have a special tour that takes place with elevators but that sells out really quick for the day. And going ‘down’ the stairs was not as bad. But that escalator going up was death defying mom says. XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 6:51 am
What a hoot..i would be up taking lots of aerial pics..not looking down to much or vertigo…yikes..Loves Fozziemum xx
05/04/2016 at 10:09 am
It had so many wonderful places to take photographs and these were just a ‘taste’ of the ones that mom and Bill took on the tour. It is a HUGE center indeed. XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 10:32 am
Amazing my friend…what fun 🙂 Loves Fozziemum xxx
05/04/2016 at 7:16 am
That sounds like a great tour to go on.
05/04/2016 at 10:10 am
Mom says it was really fun to see the behind the scenes studios. XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 8:25 am
Wow! That looks and sounds like quite a facinating tour! Sadly, we are always driving through Atlanta on our way to somewhere else. But when we drive through, ?Mama gets all hived up with the Big City vibes.b she grew up in Philadelphia and had a big adjustment when she went to College in NC. Band of course, now she has spent more of her life in the South than up North. She loves driving through Atlanta early on Sunday mornings when there is very light traffic, and the buildings are all lit up. One day she sez we are going to stop at the BMW plant in Greenville. She says that every year. If it was a Volvo plant you can bet we would have been there and done that! Your Mom is a fabulous travel guide. Xxxxx Skyler
05/04/2016 at 8:46 am
Hey Skyler, tell your Mom to stop at the VW plant in Chattanooga and holler at us when she gets here!
05/04/2016 at 10:11 am
Exactly! We need more meet ups in real life for sure! XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 10:11 am
aaww thanks my friend. The next time your mom is in Atlanta, she *must* let my mom know so they can meet up for a chat. Sunday morning drives through Atlanta are the most peaceful for sure… unless there is a game going on downtown that day. XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 8:47 am
Hey, Bacon, you told that story so well, we felt like we were on the tour (except our legs aren’t sore, BOL!)
05/04/2016 at 10:12 am
aaww thanks my friend. I really appreciate that. Mom/dad still talk about the visit with Bill and Jean. It was such a great time with so many memories. And to think, we are not done yet with our Travels in the South series with them 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 9:09 am
the escalator is sure a little scary… I wouldn’t look down when I’m on the top :o) Guess what? I don’t do escalators, my dad has to carry me… imagine what arms he will have when we would be there on your giant escalator hahahahaha
05/04/2016 at 10:13 am
That escalator scared mom something fierce. Bill was standing there so nonchalantly without a care in the world while mom was hanging on for dear life. It was kind of funny. And that escalator just went on and on. Mom called it the escalator to heaven – snorts. XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 10:23 am
oh like that song of Led Zeppelin… they wrote it many moons ago, bet today they would name it escalator instead ofstairway, right?
05/04/2016 at 10:55 am
Exactly brother!! I thought mom was going to pass a brick going up that stairway to hell – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
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05/04/2016 at 9:27 am
Wow Bacon, your pawrents have the very best adventures. That CNN place looks pretty fascinating and the escalator almost an amusement park kind of ride! ღ
05/04/2016 at 10:15 am
Oh it was definitely a ride of mom’s life. She was never so glad to get her feet on solid ground again by getting off that torturous ride. CNN was so interesting – XOXO – Bacon
05/04/2016 at 3:43 pm
bacon….dood…..thanx for sharin this leg oh yur adventures…….we bet it waz kinda scaree goin up de escaltorz; kinda like a coaster but at leest ya noe when ya getted two de top it was sold ground !! …we wood chillax all R time in de cartoon store !! 🙂 ♥3♥
05/04/2016 at 3:44 pm
N like duh…furst spellin errorz oh 2016…thatz spozed ta bee solid ground….knot SOLD ground !! 🙂 ♥♥♥
05/05/2016 at 12:24 am
05/05/2016 at 11:20 am
Lady Ranicorn is a delicate flower – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon