A full bus plus a couple of overflow cars headed off from the Embassy suites on Thursday morning – a whole bunch of members & friends were looking forward to the tour Maggie had put together. Twenty minutes later we arrived at the historic Pullman Yard warehouse (previously used for filming The Hunger Games & Divergent) where the immersive Van Gogh Experience is set up.
With our VIP tickets and on-time arrival, we zoomed through to start enjoying the huge digital reproductions of Van Gogh’s works. The first hall told much of the history in a fairly normal museum style, with a couple chances to take photos as though in his paintings. The second hall had an amazing floor to ceiling continuous loop of images floating, merging, colliding and retreating again – with a voiceover explaining links between his many works. This huge hall had beach chairs, cushions, mats and stools so everyone could lie back & relax while enjoying the inspirational view.
In the last hall the VIP tickets meant we could also experience the Virtual Reality trip through a few of Vincent’s memorable places! It was really cool to “fly” from scene to scene, spinning around and getting a full 360 degrees view of fields, forests, the café in Arles, the harbour and many others.
Once we all made our way through the gift shop, picking up our complimentary poster and other bits and pieces of memorabilia, we headed back to the bus and stop #2: lunch! The Mexican restaurant, Patria Cocina (Homeland Cuisine) dealt with us all wonderfully, delicious meals and tasty cocktails were the order of the day – they cook everything from scratch, no artificial additions at all and you could certainly taste it!
Then we only had to walk a few yards to the entrance of the Civil Axe Throwing venue, wearing our closed toed shoes, staying behind the line and following instructions. Some members – Brenda Robinette and Denise VanGrunsven, for example, were absolute prodigies! I would want to stay on their good side for sure! But I think everyone managed to get the hang of it after a few throws and quite a competition ensued!
Around 4pm we headed back into Atlanta, chatting all the way through the suburbs until we were dropped off by the Skyview site. We had glorious weather, sun and clear skies.. we see to the horizon from almost 20 stories high, safe and cool in their air conditioned gondolas. After several revolutions around the Ferris wheel, we all headed off on foot across the lovely Olympic Park back to our hotel. All in all, a great day!