USA 7 June 2014

We spent last night in Suwanee, Georgia. This morning we left early and drove into Atlanta. We checked out a large flea market held at one of the last drive-in movie theatres still operating. The theatres were probably built in the 1950s and it looks like they haven't spent money on them since.

After that we visited the Atlanta Cyclorama, it is a 360 degree painting, 42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference, depicting the events of the Battle of Atlanta fought on 22nd July 1864 and is considered to be the largest painting in the world. The painting is merged into life-sized dioramas and it creates a unique experience as the rotating floor and narration carries you through the events of the day.

We were awed by the quality of the painting but absolutely amazed when we were told that the painting was done over 4 years by only 11 artists, and done in the late 1800s.

This is not one of our photos. There is no photography allowed of the painting/diorama so I pinched this off google. It shows a tiny part of the painting and a few of the 3D figures, but is a good indication of the work that went into creating it.

In Meridian we stopped at a couple of what we thought were large flea markets but they turned out to be combined yard sales. As we drove a little further into Bartow and Gordon Counties (Georgia) we found yard sales lining one road (Jo Frank Harris Parkway) on both sides, for over 20 miles. Traffic was extremely slow as cars were parked nose-to-tail along the side of the road in many places. Everywhere there was a little space someone had set up a tent to sell something. Yards sales seem to be about more than just making a few extra bucks. In this area it seems more like a way of life.

It was quite a sight to see, but aggravating to drive through.