Chattanooga

Tennessee Aquarium

There is nothing better than a rainy day to visit the Tennessee Aquarium.  The aquarium in Chattanooga, TN includes two buildings, River Journey and Ocean Journey.  We love both but our favorite building is the Ocean Journey. This area includes the penguins, butterflies and sharks!

After the butterfly garden, the viewing windows around the ocean tank is a favorite area. It includes sharks, a variety of fish, rays and two sea turtles. One of which is a rescued turtle. It’s back flippers were damaged in what they think was a boating accident. They have dive shows daily where you can ask experts about the inhabitants.

Before you exit, the path takes you through the underwater cavern. There are several windows and bubbles to sit in and view the fish from a different perspective.

We enjoyed our rainy day visit. Don’t miss the water play areas outside at the aquarium plaza. A great place to cool off rain or shine!

Cool off in the fountains outside.

Cool off in the fountains outside.

Rainy day at Tennessee Aquarium.

Rainy day at Tennessee Aquarium.

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I Want to Fly…

My husband fell in love with this area when he discovered hang gliding many years ago.  He learned how to fly at Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding.  I just love to watch and keep my feet on the ground.

My husband doesn’t fly anymore, but the kids and I will come watch the others fly.  The launch area is the perfect place to watch the sunset over Lookout and Sand Mountains.  And it didn’t disappoint this evening!

last one down

last one down

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Joining the Weekly Photo Challenge this week.  The moon over Chattanooga tonight that my daughter so excitedly pointed out to me.  Nice to see after so much rain.

Swiss Cheese in the sky

Swiss Cheese in the sky

This is apparently the same moon A Little British Pea saw! It’s a small world!

 

 

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Snapshot Sunday

Dogwoods are in bloom!

Dogwoods are in bloom!

One photo to represent Spring today! My husband and I took a walk in Coolidge Park in Chattanooga this morning and the dogwoods are blooming. The pink ones are my favorite. Enjoy!
Andrea

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Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

This morning I had planned on taking my “big girl” camera out for some scenic shots of my neighborhood. I took one picture and my battery died! So thankful for my iPhone. Your best camera is the one you have with you and I was still able to capture some beautiful scenery. Check out The Daily Post for the challenge.

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These were taken this morning on a quiet scenic road in Northwest Georgia just outside Chattanooga, TN with my iPhone 4s and edited with Snapseed.

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Travel Theme: Bridges

A blog I follow has a weekly travel theme and this week happens to be “bridges”.  I wanted to show off my favorite bridge, Walnut Street Bridge, which is one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges here in Chattanooga, TN.

Early morning view of Walnut St. Bridge from Coolidge Park.

Check out http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/02/22/travel-theme-bridges/ for inspiration.

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Italian for Lunch Please!

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The Mr. and I were lucky to get a rare lunch date together and decided on one of our favorite Chattanooga restaurants. Tony’s Pasta is located in the Bluff View Art district and serves incredible Italian food. They start you with homemade bread studded with whole garlic cloves and dipping oil with cheese. Our go to appetizer is the calamari. Hubs always gets the traditional lasagna and he was not disappointed. I tend to try different entrees and this time had the roasted vegetable lasagna. It was filled with zucchini, squash, eggplant and lots of cheese!
Tony’s is fit for a special occasion or a casual meal. We had no wait for a table for our lunch but it can get fairly busy on a weekend for dinner. Unless you arrive early you will have a wait, but its worth it!

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Hunter Museum

S and I took advantage of the Hunter Museum of American Art’s free first Sunday in January. As long as I have lived here I have never been to the museum located in the Bluff View district of Chattanooga. The museum is housed in two buildings, an historic mansion and a contemporary building.

There is a wide variety of art to explore and an exhibit area that changes periodically. The glass art of Paul Stankard is here until April 21, 2013. These are beautiful and amazing glass paperweights.

Take a little stroll down the street to Rembrandt’s for some incredible chocolates and coffee. S loves the colossal chocolate chip cookies!

I was a great first visit and it is something we will do again. And you can’t go wrong with free admission!

The museum as seen from the Walnut Street walking bridge

The museum as seen from the Walnut Street walking bridge

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