(brief) Photo essay: sights around Atlanta

Mrs. Lite and I took a few extra days off around the weekend and explored the area in and around Atlanta.  I lived there for a little while earlier in life and am still somewhat familiar with the city.  From a purely sightseeing standpoint, Atlanta doesn’t really have a whole lot of stuff that’s interesting to see, but it’s a decent place to live if you like big cities (which I do not).

As many of you can probably relate, when you live somewhere, you tend to not do much sightseeing in your own home town.  That was certainly true for me, and on this recent short trip I was able to see a few touristy places that I had never visited before.  The traffic has gotten even more atrocious over the years, so we took Uber & Lyft everywhere and it was super convenient and fast.

A good place to stay if you’ve never been is in downtown Decatur, which is just a few miles east of downtown Atlanta proper.  Lots of good bars and places to eat, very walkable, relatively safe, and easy access to public transportation if you want to leave the car at the hotel and save yourself some traffic headaches.  There are a pair of hotels in Decatur – a Hampton Inn and Courtyard Marriott – that are conveniently located close to everything.

Here are a handful of pictures from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, which is a gigantic Hindu temple in Lilburn, Georgia.  We did visit a few other places around the city, but there’s nothing distinctive about those and either I didn’t take pictures at all or the pictures suck so no need to display them.

The Hindu temple in particular was really interesting.  We timed our visit so we could see the mid-day ceremony that takes place inside the temple a little after 11 AM, but even if you miss that, it’s worth a visit to see the intricate architecture both on the outside and inside.

All pictures were shot with my Ricoh GR or iPhone XS.


Botanical Gardens with the Atlanta skyline in the background.


This life size chess board was my favorite exhibit in the gardens. Impressive.



Hindu temple in Lilburn. This is the largest Hindu temple in the USA and the biggest of its kind outside of India.


On the grounds surrounding the temple.  No photos allowed indoors, so I only have a few pictures from the outside.


Brick Store Pub. One of my all time favorite Atlanta bars.




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