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Travels in the South

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.

Today, we are continuing our tour that we went on at the World of Coca-Cola right here in Atlanta, Georgia.  The next part of our tour goes into the Miles of Refreshment of the building.  This part of the tour highlights the creation of the original formula and how it might have looked stirring it up in the bowl.  Cool huh?

Although all of the tour is interesting, this part was really awesome to my everyone.  Just wait until you see some of these pics.

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This tour even had a replica of an old soda fountain and what it might have looked like serving Coca-Cola.  Can you imagine pulling up your chair to the bar and ordering a real Coca-Cola back in the day?   I just hope that the guy serving the Coke loosens up a bit – he’s kind of cold in this picture.  Snorts with piggy laughter.  

But at last, this soda fountain dates back to the 1880’s and is said to be one of the oldest artifacts here at the World of Coca-Cola.

This is a 1939 Chevrolet delivery truck from where – can you guess it?  Did you say Buenos Aires, Argentina?  You would be right.  And did you know that this delivery truck is so big that the attraction had to be built around it to fit in the attraction.  But I think it adds a lot.

I think personally these old trucks had flare.  Have you seen the newer trucks out there – they are red.  I kind of like the yellow.  What do you think?  Do you like the long red trucks or do you think we need the yellow one?

Squeals – you gotta check this out my friends.  This part of the tour also housed the sofa from the show American Idol.  Have you ever watched American Idol and seen the red couch that everyone sits on while they are being interviewed after singing their songs?

Guess who saddled up to the sofa and just had to get their picture taken?  You guessed it – mom/dad.  Aren’t those two just crazy?  And that couch was hilarious.  Once you sat in it, it sucked you up to the floor.  I guess it’s had too many butts on it from American Idol – it seemed broken… well so says daddy.  And mom – snorts – she needed assistance getting up off the sofa.  Thank goodness Bill was close by. Mom was worried for a few minutes that they would have to call the Jaws of Life out to the World of Coca-Cola to get her off of the sofa – snorts with piggy laughter.  That’s my mommy!.

In this gallery, there are over 1,000 artifacts.  Here are some more for you to look at:  Olympic Torches from all over the World and the different Coca-Cola drink machines.

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After this part of the tour, you then go on a short tour of the bottling process.  It shows you exactly how everything is all packaged up nicely and delivered to stores around the world.  But one of our favorite parts came after this.  It was where we got to meet the Polar Bear – oh my!  Now this was great fun my friends.  Look at these pics!  Can you tell that everyone had a snort of a great time?  And that my friends is where we are going to end this week.  Join us again next week for the finish of the World of Coca-Cola tour and find out where everyone went to dinner – you don’t want to miss that… food porn!

 
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Posted by on 04/06/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome back my 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.

Have you been having fun enjoying our visit together?  We had so much fun visiting and we hope that fun is showing through our weekly postings.  Today, we are going to share a tour that we went on at the World of Coca-Cola right here in Atlanta, Georgia.

Can you believe that mom/dad grew up here in the south and had never been to this facility and tour?  Shakes piggy head.  It takes visitors to visit all of our local places.  So funny!

And check out the picture to the left of the entrance to the World of Coca-Cola.  That’s a giant top of a coke bottle that is on the outside.  we thought that was totally cool.

After the tickets were purchases, mom and Jean kind of got side-tracked.  They saw one of the trash
receptacles that I do believe Jean wanted to take home with her to put in her garden.  Snorts with piggy laughter.  It is kind of neat huh?

Now with the admission of the facility, you really do get a lot of “bonuses”.  For instance, as soon as  you pay admission and go into the waiting room for the tour, you get free coke (diet, regular, sprite or coke zero).

Now that is so totally cool.  These freebies were in aluminum type bottles – even more neat.

Once the tour starts, you enter into the ‘loft’ area of the building.  This houses history items of Coca-Cola throughout the ages.  Funny story – while we were waiting for the young man to begin his speech in the loft area, Jean opened her free coke – you know the ones we got when coming on the tour.  Unfortunately when she opened her bottle, it spewed all over a man in front of us.  Lowers head – we were so embarrassed.  Of course, we all apologized profusely and began talking to the man and his family.  They were visiting all the way from Saudi Arabia – can you believe that?

Do you recognize some of these older advertisements with Coke?  There are signs in the loft area from all over the world that advertises Coke.  Some we had seen and some we had no idea about.  It was so totally cool to see these.

And do you remember the advertising with the Coca-Cola polar bear?  Do you know the history of the bear?  The polar bear first debuted in a Coca‑Cola advertisement in France in 1922.

And you ask yourself – why a polar bear?  It was to let people know that even if the weather was cool outside, coke was still the right choice in their drinking delight.  Did you know that?

After a short speech from a Coca-Cola associate in the loft, then you go into one of the theaters where you see a short movie on Moments of Happiness.  After this movie, it’s on to the Vault of the Secret Formula.  Bring it on my friends – we are here to find it.  I’m leaving you today with some assorted pictures from the vault.  And then next week, I will continue with the tour.

Hope you enjoyed it my friends!

 
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Posted by on 03/30/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Anipal Appreciation Day

Welcome my friends to blogville’s first annual Anipal Appreciation Day.  Me and my Cousin Sammy have collaborated together to initiate this day every year on February 15th.  What better time to get together and share the love than the month of February.

Rules for Anipal Appreciation Day:

  1. Post your Anipal Appreciation Day blog on FEBRUARY 15, 2016.
  2. Title your blog Anipal Appreciation Day.
  3. Put the badge below on your blog post for the day.
  4. Give shout outs not only in the posting of your blog but throughout the day with the comments you may get.  There is no set number of shout out’s you are required to do – let your heart lead you.  We are *not* leaving anyone out.  If you don’t make the post on a blog, be sure to check messages and comments throughout the day that people and anipals might leave.
  5. If you can, link back your shout outs in your blogs for them to find.
  6. HAVE FUN!  This is the most important rule – have FUN and share the LOVE!

Cousin Sammy – I’ve known him for years now.  He is a great guy – a bestest friend and always willing to lend a helping paw.  He goes out of his way to make you feel loved and welcomed even though at times I know he doesn’t feel well.  And you know what?  He gets that from his humans.  And technically, he and I *may* be related somewhere down the road with his parents and my parents being second, third or fourth cousins or something.

Brother Easy – Dude!  He is funny, he is kind, he is a hoot and he has the hardest job keeping his staff in line with their own antics.  And you know what?  Any time you need something, he is always there for you with a helping paw.

Felix – Now we all know the regular guys from Fozzie’s world – Dinnermintz, Doc, Forrest, Marbles, Cleo, Jacque, Pickles and Oscar (Did I miss anyone?)  Do you know Felix?  I mean all of this clan hold a special place in our hearts here at the Hotel Thompson but Felix especially.  Why? Because Felix gave up some wool and Fozzie gave it to another person that is special in our hearts – Auntie Sharon.  Auntie Sharon then spun that beautiful wool and made Fozzie, herself and my mom a scarf to keep their necks warm in the cooler weather.  In fact, my mom calls her scarf Felix.  Cool huh?  You gotta love this bunch from down under ❤

Shoko and Kali – WOWZER!  These are the coolest cats I’ve met in Canada.  You know what is even more cool – if that’s possible?  My mom/dad have met their mom/dad in real life.  Yep nods head.  They have and they had a BLAST together. Talk about laughing until your tummy hurts.  They are all a cool bunch!

Reilly and Denny – They are an awesome duo that live in a wonderful place full of beaches, sand and the sun.  They are beyond creative in finding their adventures from trails, their backyard (minus the snakes please) to roaming the beaches looking for trinkets to keep.  I would love to hang out with these and have fun running and exploring.

Cupcake – I’ll let everyone in on a secret with something about Cupcake.  The little pooch here – Houdini – has a *thang* for Cupcake.  He loves her.  He pulls her blog up and watches her picture for hours dreaming about running, playing and watching the movie Lady and the Tramp together.  Shakes piggy head.  He has it bad.

Dante – You talk about big things coming in little sizes – this is that.  Dante is what maybe 6 pounds (kind of like Houdini) and has the biggest heart.  He is always inspiring us to be nicer – to do more – to smile and give love.  And in this day and time, we need all of the love we can share.  Right?

Little Binky – Smiling and shaking my head.  I love Little Binky and his granny.  I watch him in his backyard looking around and playing around his new house.

Sam – Did you know that Sam is part of a therapy team with his mom?  He brings smiles to patients in a hospital and hospice care.  I’m telling you my friends, Sam brings a smile to my face just reading his blog and his adventures.  He’s a friend that is always giving and giving.

Of course, the list can go on and on and on for days.  These are just ‘some’ of the people that have touched our lives here at the Hotel Thompson.  It is in no way – ALL.  In fact, throughout the day, I’m sure I will be adding more and more here and there and in the comments.  We love you ALL here in blogville.  And believe it or not, YOU have touched our lives here.  You bring smiles to our faces, you touch us when we are down, you make us laugh/snort.  We talk about you to our friends – which is hilarious to here.  Yes, YOU are a HUGE part of our lives.  Each and everyone – from being listed to those that maybe we don’t even talk to but every couple of days.  YOU inspire us.  YOU hold a special place in our heart.  We grieve with you.  We laugh with you.  We joke with you.  YOU ARE FAMILY MY FRIENDS.

 
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Posted by on 02/15/2016 in Bacon, Hemi and Mouse Girl, Houdini

 

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Travels to Israel

Every Wednesday for the month of February, I’m going to bring you a travel story of a trip to Israel that my aunt went on during the Christmas holidays.  This was indeed a once in a lifetime kind of trip full of great scenery, history and wonderful food and people.  I’ve looked over my aunt’s pictures and I can tell you in one word a description of them – AMAZING!  I hope you enjoy us every week this month so that we may all relive her travels.


A trip to Israel?  Seriously?  Do I have to scream YES?!  Plans to be made – passports to be ordered.  What do I pack?  What will the food be like?  The people?  Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself.  First things first, travel arrangements.  Everything was planned months in advance.

Then the big day came – WOW!  I’m so excited.  I rushed around the house doing final packing and out the door to the airport I was.  I was happily counting down the hours until touch down in the old country.  I get to the airport for the first part of my trip which is to fly in to Detroit for my connecting flight to Paris.  However, this is where I met my first obstacle.  My flight to Detroit was delayed due to damage the plane took on while in flight.  Bummer.  But safety first, right?  So they put us up in a hotel overnight with food vouchers.  Who can say no to that, right?  It was part of our adventure.

The next day, we did it all over again and was able to get on the plane for Detroit.  This flight took us a little over an hour.  Once in Detroit, we then boarded our connecting flight to Paris – the land of love.  This time we would be in the sky for almost 8 hours.  And who says that airplane food is bad – especially served with free wine 🙂 

Airplane food – pastas, lentil salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally we touched down in Paris where we would have a six hour layover.  Paris has lots of emphasis on style, perfume, alcohol shops and lots of smoking areas – thank goodness. Since our layover was only six hours, we decided to check out the airport and what it had to offer.  Chocolates for one thing – yum!  The Paris Airport has a Fauchon shop which is known for their macarons.  Also at the airport, the have cheese and wine – who would have thought that huh?  It just makes you want to pull up and nibble on some for a while.

Below is a picture of the ‘smoking rooms’ at the Paris Airport.  Crowded huh?  Also below is a picture of a coffee shop.  Coffee in Paris is different than in the States, not only by taste but size.  In Paris, the largest cup size that is offered is smaller than a Starbucks tall.  What a difference!

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Finally, it was time to board the plane for our final connecting flight to Tel Aviv which would take us over 5 hours.  Again, with free wine and great food – we were set for the destination of our travels.  Please join us next Wednesday for more in my travels to Israel.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on 02/03/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Spotlight Thursday – Meet Easy

Spotlight Thursday

Welcome my friends to our first edition of SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY.  This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better.  Some of them, you may already know.  We hope that you enjoy this new series!

Name:  Argentia Mists Easy Rider

Age:  6

Location:  Brittany/France

Web/Blog Page:  Easyweimaraner (Be sure to pop over and say hey – remember to tell Easy that Bacon and Houdini sent you.)

What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents?  I have to be honest, right? Well… ok… my first thought was: they look simple, that’s easy going…

What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home?  As I entered my bed… I had to place humans on efurry side to make sure that I will not fall out, but that was the moment I was at home.

What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home?  As I swallowed the brother of Sponge Bob, the infamous kitchen sponge… fortunately I could remove that guy via emergency exit and the two dogtors could pack up their knives.

Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why?   I think both, but in a different way. My dad is my best friend but a rival too. So we always have to duke it out, that I’m the king of this castle and that this mom there is MY mom. And speaking of mom she knows that I’m the boss and therefore we have no hierarchy battles.  I’m her best friend, no if’s no butt’s,  butt that’s exhausting sometimes….

What’s the biggest misconception that humans think about you?  They sometimes overestimate my abilities. Yes. I’m eggs-tremely smart and YES I’m a Weimaraner. And that means I’m the dog with the human brain… so how shall I know things they don’t know? To err is human counts for me too :o)

 

Hope you enjoyed meeting my friend Easy – check back next week for another Spotlight edition!
 
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Posted by on 01/28/2016 in Bacon, Houdini, Spotlight Thursday

 

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Bashful Home and Weekend Adventures

Do you ever come off of weekend feeling more tired than you did going into the weekend?  That’s the way it seemed here this weekend at the Hotel Thompson.  Mom/dad were on the constant go – but before I snort about that, let’s talk about my Bashful.  He came home last week!  Mom came home late from work one night and found a box sitting on her doorstep. She looked at the return address and knew it was Bashful coming back from his visit with Denny and Reilly.  She came in telling me that Bashful was home!

 We both dug into the box to find our little guy.  And not only was Bashful in the box but so was his friend Sweet Pea.  They have stayed up late at night and talked so much to the other pet rocks here for nights now.  There is no slowing down the rock clan.  I think they are silently putting together a party that they are going to talk to mom/dad about later.  Can you imagine that party!?  I’m kind of looking forward to it… but don’t tell anyone – that’s our secret for now okay.

But also in the box from Denny and Reilly were a couple of gifts that I have just piggy swooned over my friends.  One of them was a box of Barnum’s Animal’s crackers – limited edition.  Oh my piggy heavens.  First of all – I absolutely LOVE animal crackers.  They are up there on my top favorite three snackables and these are so cool!  I kept telling mommy, “Give it to me – give it to the piggy”.  She told me to be nice though and look at the other gift that was in the box.  It was wrapped up in paper and mommy had to unwrap it.  What was it?  What could it be?

Squeals to the high heavens – it’s a mini-me named Elvis!  Look at this cute little pig and he’s black – LIKE ME.  I couldn’t believe it.  He is so adorable!  And mommy said his name was on his neck – Elvis.  OMP!  He is a perfect addition here at the Hotel Thompson.  I told mommy to put him on our book shelves in the front yard.  He gets to sit right next to our ninja cow – don’t ask – snorts.  Isn’t he beautiful?!

Thank you so very much Denny and Reilly for hosting my Bashful, showing him the bestest of times and my gifts – I love them!

So that brings us to this weekend.  Busy, busy and more busy.  I think it was a race to see how much could mom/dad do in two days.  Really I do believe that.  They got up Saturday and went to the worky place.  Mom really wants to finish up her year end totals for 2015 and she is getting there.  Then she can start work on taxes – shaking piggy head.  I don’t think I will see mom until this Summer – snorts with piggy laughter.  After mom got done working almost a full day, they ate dinner out and went by the pharmacy.  By the time they got home, we anipals got some snuggles and hugs and then it was time for bed.  Where did Saturday go huh?

And then Sunday was just as rushed.  Mom/dad talked to Easy’s parents in France first thing.  You should have hear mommy laughing so hard with Easy’s mom.  They were having a blast of a good time.  Now, I want you to know during this time I was a perfect pig.  I slept close to mom snuggled down next to her legs behaving myself.  I can not say the same for my little brother Houdini.  Houdini does not like to share and this day was no exception.  Houdini kept attacking mom’s fingers and hands trying to get her attention.  The only time he behaved was when daddy held him.  Then Houdini would hear mom and Easy’s mom voice and want to go at mom again.  It was hilarious!

After the phone call, mom went to give plasma at the clinic (#14 donation if I say – she committed to 20).  Afterwards, mom/dad went for lunch.  Once they were nicely full, they went grocery shopping.  Snorts – what a perfect time huh?  You are so full that you just want to get what you need and leave.  But I’m glad to report that mom had almost $30.00 in coupons.  Yay huh?

So you see, by the time they did all of this, where did the weekend go?  I demand a repeat without any errands or work.  What do you think?  How was your weekend my friends?

 

 

 
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Posted by on 01/11/2016 in Bacon

 

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In Support of France

 Today before mom left for work, she lit a candle here at the Hotel Thompson.  A candle for support of France.  For uniting the world.  For a shoulder to lean upon.  For friendship.  For unity in being one.  For the 129 that perished.  We are heartbroken over the acts of terrorists.  They not only touched France, they touched us too by their acts.  We want France to know that they are not alone.

Today, we are going dark here on piglove in support of friendship with France in supporting them in their time of need.  We will have our candle lit all day here at the Hotel Thompson.  We would love you for to support this cause as well.

 
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Posted by on 11/19/2015 in Bacon

 

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Happy Dance – Happy Dance

Guess who my mom/dad talked to this morning – go ahead guess.  I bet you can’t guess.. can you?  Do you know?

They got to talk to my brother Easy’s  parents across the pond.  So cool!  They absolutely LOVED it.  This isn’t the first time they have spoken but it’s like its the first time every time – why?  Because they are so cool!  We just love it!  But hey – now that I think of – why didn’t *I* get a chance to snort at Easy?  Why were mom/dad hogging the phone?  Bad mom/dad.  I think ya’ll should go to your room for some punishment.  Yeah that’s it.  Time off for you two.  Don’t worry.  I’ll be in charge of the other anipals.  Snorts with evil piggy laughter.

Hope everyone has an awesome Saturday – piggy out!

 
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Posted by on 09/26/2015 in Bacon

 

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Happy Birthday My Friend!

 

Happy birthday my good friend, my brother Easy!!  

I couldn’t let the day go by without wishing you the bestest birthday ever!  You are a great and wonderful pal who brings the world laughter and joy.

May your day today and all days be filled with love and cake…lots of cake – snorts.

Friends – please remember to visit Easy and wish him a wonderful HUGE birthday if you haven’t already!!

 
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Posted by on 09/02/2015 in Bacon

 

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Squeals – Guess Who Called!

So there we were this past Saturday all of us bundled in the living room watching the clock intensely.  We were expecting a long distance call from someone here in blogville.  Someone that we have talked to verbally by type, sent packages to back/forth and even talked to them on Facebook.  But we had never talked in person via the phone.  Emails were sent back and forth and the magical time was set for 2:30 pm our time which would make it 8:30 pm their time.  That’s right, they are SIX hours ahead of us.

Then it happened.  The phone rang.  We all jumped of course because we were concentrating on the phone and clock.  Mom answered the phone and put it on speaker.

Mom – “Hello”

Friend in blogville – “Hello is this the Hotel Thompson?”

Score – jumps for joy.  It is our friend and not a solicitor or robo call – snorts.  I know – I know.  You’re asking who was the caller.  It was – are you ready for this – my brother Easy from France!  We were ALL so excited.  We got to talk to Easy’s dad and had such a blast!  Mom was so excited that she got to talk to a real Frenchman – hubba hubba.  It was an awesome time full of fact changing and getting to know each other and ask questions that we’ve always wanted to.  And talk about accents.  WOW!  It was great.

One never knows who might reach out from across the telephone lines in the future.  Thanks Easy for calling this oinker.  We had the best of time!  I know it’s greedy to say but we can’t wait to do it again!

 
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Posted by on 07/20/2015 in Bacon

 

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