Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Photo Gallery

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It’s spring in Atlanta and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate then by taking a stroll through the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

I loved looking at the flowers and plants through my camera lens and experimenting with different angles and perspectives. I hope you enjoy the images that I compiled in the photo gallery below.

Wherever you live, look up your local garden and make a point to stop in soon. It’s a great way to say goodbye to winter and welcome in the spring season!

 

Get To Know Amsterdam

Amsterdam may have been my favorite city to visit during my latest trip to Europe. Whether you join the many bikers, hop on the tram or head out on foot, this city is so easy to maneuver. You can get by just fine by speaking English and the people are as nice as you’ll find in any southern town here in the U.S.

I especially loved how soft drugs and prostitution aren’t seen as problems to combat but rather inevitable facets to be integrated into society.

My goal while in Amsterdam wasn’t to cram as many attractions as possible into my short visit but rather explore and enjoy the canals, people and all around culture.

Here are my recommendations of what to do while in Amsterdam:

– Eat at The Pancake Bakery

– Visit the Van Gogh Museum

– Admire a young girl’s spirit at the Anne Frank House

– Eat fries slathered in mayo at one of the many french fry stands

– Explore the Red Light District

– Stroll through a street market

– Pop into a coffee shop like the Bluebird

– Check out Museumplein

– Take a canal cruise at night so that you can peek into strangers houseboats (not creepy at all).

Remember, Don’t Waste Time In Line. Get your museum tickets before you arrive.

Be sure to click on the pictures for fun facts about Amsterdam or for more on this wonderful city click here.

Atlantans Protest NSA Spying

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“The right of the people to be secure…against unreasonable searches and seizure, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The above is what was distributed to those who chose to spend this Independance Day protesting the National Security Agency (NSA) and its newly discovered surveillance program of citizens’ telephone records and Internet traffic.

About 50 Atlantans gathered outside the State Capitol Building with signs and chanting such things as “Hey! Hey! NSA, How many calls did you track today?”

Copwatch of East Atlanta,  an organization designed to protect communities from police abuse and educate the public on their rights, was also on hand to speak with people about getting involved with their efforts.

While the whole scene was pretty unorganized, people had the opportunity to voice their opinions,  concerns and criticism in an open-mic format. One man wondered why the protest was happening in front of an empty state capitol building surrounded only by like-minded individuals. Many agreed and tentative plans were made for future protests and demonstrations in an effort to better spread their message.

We Americans like to think that we set the standard for the rest of the world when it comes to freedom and liberty but the current standard in not something to be proud of. NSA spying is not reflective of the Constitution and is not something to ignore.

I hope that people in Atlanta and all over the country can stand together on this issue and let our government officials know that we are not OK with imposing on our rights in this way.