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Baggage Storage in Atlanta Let’s Visitors See Atlanta’s Many Attractions

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Many travelers need baggage storage in Atlanta because there’s just too many things to do there to simply wait at the airport after an 11 a.m. check out. Or, when the plane arrives early and they cannot access their accommodation until late afternoon, baggage storage in Atlanta keeps visitors from having to drag bags around town all day.

Atlanta, one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States and home of the world’s busiest airport also hosts tons of affordable and fun tourist attractions, most of which are within walking distance from each other. It is ideal for a family vacation or a weekend away with your friends or, to visit after they’ve checked out of their accommodation and before their flight. With the wide range of places to visit and sites to see, you can be sure to find something that strikes your fancy. This article lists down just some of the many tourist attractions in Atlanta that you should definitely visit on your trip to the city.

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2.  Georgia Aquarium

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The world’s largest public aquarium, Georgia Aquarium is home to more than one hundred thousand animals from around 700 different species which include some exotic and notable ones such as beluga whales, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins and California Sea Lions. You would have to set aside a whole day in order to fully enjoy the experience of Georgia Aquarium because it doesn’t just have fascinating sea creatures to marvel at but also allows you to interact with them through its programs like the Dolphin Tales show, Gentle Giants program, or Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wonder Show.

3.  World of Coca-Cola

Photo Credits: World of Coca-Cola

Ever wondered what the secret formula to the unique taste of this world-famous fizzy drink is or how the company emerged, evolved and changed through history? At the world of Coca-Cola, you’ll get most, if not all of the answers to your questions. Located in downtown Atlanta, this twenty-acre complex, which is open to public, is a museum showcasing the history of this iconic company. Here you can taste samples of various Coke products from around the world from the ‘Spectacular Fountain’ or the ‘Tastes of the States’ features.

1.  College Football Hall of Fame

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If you are a sports fan, watch or appreciate college football, or even if you enjoy a good, interactive, as well as informative museum, then the College Football Hall of Fame is a must see if you are in Atlanta. Strategically located in the middle of the city’s entertainment, sports and tourism district, this interactive museum is sure to leave you feeling awestruck and fascinated. The facility includes a number of college football artifacts and state-of-the-art interactive multimedia exhibits.

4.  High Museum of Art

Photo Credits: High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Also colloquially known as The High, the museum, located on Peachtree Street in Atlanta’s Art District, Midtown, was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association. It includes more than 15000 pieces of artwork, from across seven collecting areas, some of which include European Art, African Art, modern and contemporary art, and decorative arts and design, to name a few. Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures, Late medieval Italian paintings, Italian Renaissance paintings and the 18th, 19th and 20th century paintings from various famous, as well as some not so well-known artists are at display here.

5.  CNN Center

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The world headquarters of CNN where the main newsrooms and studios for many news channels of CNN are located, is found in downtown Atlanta, right next to the Centennial Olympic Park. It is not just a news channel headquarter, but also includes the Omni Hotel and a large food court which is open to tourists, local businessmen, attendees of the Mercedes Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena as well as those attending the Georgia World Congress Center. A tour around the facility can get you a glimpse of what’s it like in the newsroom of one of the leading news channels in the world and includes demonstrations and visits to the viewing galleries.

6.  Centennial Olympic Park

Photo Credits: Centennial Olympic Park

Originally built by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) for the 1996 Summer Olympics, this twenty one acre public park, located in downtown Atlanta is visited by millions of visitors every year and hosts numerous events such as popular music concerts, independence day concerts, and fireworks displays. The Fountain of Rings is a key feature of the park and is ideal for frolicking in or just cooling off during a concert or on a hot summer day.

7.  Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

This multi-purpose, state of the art stadium is home to the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL as well as Atlanta United FC of MLS. Ever since its opening, the stadium has hosted concerts and sporting events, from the high school to the professional level.

Many times it happens that when we are vacationing, we might have to check out early or sometimes, we arrive to our destination way early before the check-in. Dragging your bags around while waiting for hotel check-in or flight can be very cumbersome. Airport lockers, on the other hand, are non-existent these days. If you find yourself in such a situation and don’t know where to go, the Bagij app will get help with your luggage anywhere as well as give you access to some amazing discount vouchers to shop from some of the famous brands in the city.

Enjoy your stay in Atlanta and do share your experiences with us!

Baggage Storage in Atlanta Let’s Visitors See Atlanta’s Many Attractions

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Many travelers need baggage storage in Atlanta because there’s just too many things to do there to simply wait at the airport after an 11 a.m. check out. Or, when the plane arrives early and they cannot access their accommodation until late afternoon, baggage storage in Atlanta keeps visitors from having to drag bags around town all day.

Atlanta, one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States and home of the world’s busiest airport also hosts tons of affordable and fun tourist attractions, most of which are within walking distance from each other. It is ideal for a family vacation or a weekend away with your friends or, to visit after they’ve checked out of their accommodation and before their flight. With the wide range of places to visit and sites to see, you can be sure to find something that strikes your fancy. This article lists down just some of the many tourist attractions in Atlanta that you should definitely visit on your trip to the city.

 

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How to Maintain Comfort and Health While Flying

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Healthy Flying
For a more pleasant flight, Mexico City’s newspaper El Universal suggests the following: (1) Because air on board planes can be very dry, drink plenty of liquids. (2) Dry air can irritate the eyes, so wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses. (3) Do simple exercises at your seat to relax your muscles and stimulate circulation in your legs. (4) Take a walk down the aisle every so often. (5) Wear shoes that are easy to remove, and use a footrest—perhaps your overnight bag. (6) Wear comfortable, wrinkle-free clothing made of natural fibers to allow your skin to breathe. (7) Drink alcoholic beverages moderately or not at all, as altitude increases the effects of alcohol. (8) Adjust the air-conditioning so that it does not directly hit your neck or back. (9) Try to sleep, preferably using an eye mask. (10) Chew something during takeoff and landing to alleviate pressure in the ears. Babies can be given a pacifier.

It also helps to make pre-flight preparations for known travel issues such as waiting for luggage in baggage claim or dragging bags around until your accommodations become available. These issues can be solved by pre-ordering luggage delivery or luggage storage.

Is Flying Still Safe?

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*** Awake 02 12/8 p. 3 Is Flying Still Safe? ***

FOUR jetliners hijacked. Four crashes. The destruction of familiar landmarks. The image of a 767 jetliner smashing through one of the Twin Towers, shown over and over on television.
The attacks of September 11, 2001, brought us into a chilling new era of terrorist aggression. Airlines became the means to a deadly objective, and aircraft became incendiary devices.
As a result, a new pattern of fearful fliers has emerged: Those who used to feel safe but are now shaken by the possibility of terrorist attacks. Moreover, a series of nonterrorism-related fatal airline accidents after September 11 has accentuated the fear of flying for many.
Admittedly, air travel is a luxury beyond the reach of millions worldwide. For others, however, flying is a routine necessity. For those with jobs that require a great deal of business travel, stepping aboard a plane is unavoidable. Christian missionaries and ministers often have to take long flights to and from their assignments. Even for poor people, an aircraft is sometimes the only suitable means of transportation during a medical emergency. And thousands of pilots and flight crews make a living by flying.
Many of these air travelers, perhaps unnerved themselves, are having to calm anxious spouses and frightened children before they leave home. And as departures that were once routine become ordeals, travelers wonder if flying is still a preferred way to travel.
To address such concerns, Awake! consulted with security experts, airport personnel, airline officials, and aircraft maintenance workers. They all seem to agree on this: Although flying has remained one of the safest means of travel, new threats call for new measures to increase the security of the traveling public.
Keep on the lookout. The upcoming articles will discuss the challenges involved and what you can do personally to increase your safety and comfort while flying.

 

WHEN IS BEING SEPARATED FROM LUGGAGE A GOOD THING?

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The days of dragging baggage to and through airports may be coming to an end.

Consider the experience of Donald Travis, a managing partner at a retail technology consultancy based in Austin, Texas on a flight last fall from Austin to Atlanta.

Mr. Travis made a reservation for door-to-door luggage delivery a few days before his flight on the BAGij app, a baggage pickup and storage service that began business in Atlanta in 2014. A few days before his flight, a company representative arrived at his home to pick up his two large pieces of luggage. When he arrived at his hotel in Atlanta, the bags were waiting in his room.

"It was peace of mind not to lug it on public transportation," said Mr. Travis, who paid about $138 for the service. He paid no airline baggage fee and did not have to wait in baggage claim. He was reunited with his bags at his hotel.

BAGij's concierge luggage services attests to what air travel has become: navigating a series of bottlenecks.

"To remove the bag from the journey is to change the journey," said one CEO, who said that as a regular BAGij customer and frequent flier himself he looks for ways to maximize his time and minimize costs. "The customer experience starts on the doorstep, not at the airport."

Several factors ae prompting the adaptation of luggage shipping. Perhaps the biggest driver is the lack of capacity at most large established airports. The cost, disruption and revenue impact of building new infrastructure to handle baggage checking and screening is significant. Airports and airlines are recognizing that the more processing that can take place away from the airport, the less pressure on constrained infrastructure.

BAGij offers services that touch the passenger at each point when they want to get rid of their baggage. Hotel guests not yet ready to leave the area would store their luggage at the hotel, only to have to come back to the hotel to retrieve it before traveling to the airport. BAGij has eliminated that step.

Still, the baggage check fees are profitable for the carriers and airlines do not want to lose that revenue to concierge luggage delivery services, like BAGij. In 2017, according to data from the United States Department of Transportation, the airlines earned $4.6 billion, up from $4.2 billion a year earlier, from those baggage check fees.

If a bag goes astray, though, it is costly for the airlines and frustrating for the traveler. Peter Drummond, head of the baggage portfolio at SITA, an information technology company, estimated that it costs $100 to return a mishandled bag (the industry term) to its owner. "It could be the best journey in the world, but if your bag is not there at the end of that journey it ruins the experience for the traveler," he said.

With BAGij, the end of the journey for luggage is the delivery destination, not baggage claim.

Candler Building

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From Wikipedia

The Candler Building is a 17-story highrise at 127 Peachtree Street, NE, in Atlanta, Georgia. When completed in 1906 by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Griggs Candler, it was the tallest building in the city. This location where Houston (now John Wesley Dobbs Ave) joins Peachtree Street was the location of one of the earliest churches in the city which was built on land donated by Judge Reuben Cone in the 1840s. It forms the northern border of Woodruff Park.[6]

Central Bank and Trust, the bank founded by Coca-Cola co-founder Asa Griggs Candler, had its headquarters in the building.[7]

The Beaux-Arts details remain intact and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The cornerstone reads "Candler Investment Co. 1904 Geo. E. Murphy Architect".[8]

The building was featured in the 2017 crime film Baby Driver, where it was the site of the first bank robbery committed in the film.[9]

The building's owner, REM Associates, L.P., announced plans in 2016 to convert the structure to a luxury boutique hotel. The hotel will be named Candler Hotel Atlanta, managed by Highgate Hotels, and will be part of the Curio Collection division of Hilton Hotels. The 265-room hotel, set to open in 2017, will retain the building's iconic lobby, with a restaurant in the former Central Bank and Trust location. It will also feature meeting space and an outdoor roof terrace.[10]

The Healy Building

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(From Wikipedia)

The Healey Building, at 57 Forsyth Street NW, in the Fairlie-Poplar district of Atlanta, was the last major "skyscraper" built during the first great burst of multi-story commercial construction preceding World War I. In fact, it was World War I, which led to the alteration of the original design, which called for twin towers connected by a rotunda. Only the west tower and rotunda were constructed before World War I broke out. The death in 1920 of William Healey forestalled continuation of the project after the war. According to Dr. Elizabeth Lyon in her National Register of Historic Places nomination, "The Healey Building has an elegance and high shouldered dignity which make it outstanding among its contemporaries." Those contemporaries include the Chandler, the Flatiron and Hurt Buildings among others. Although certainly distinctive for its physical appearance and location, the Healey Building is also associated with significant individuals in Atlanta history. Thomas G. Healey and his son William T. Healey were political and business leaders in the city - in the case of Thomas, dating back to pre-Civil War times. Their contributions to Atlanta's architectural history as contractors and businessmen are numerous and significant. In addition to the Healeys, the architects Thomas Morgan, John Dillon, and Walter T. Downing have left an important body of works as monuments to their skill and abilities.

Born in 1818, Thomas G. Healey moved to Savannah, Ga. in 1846, from Connecticut. A few years later, he was in Atlanta working in the brick-making business and as builder/contractor in partnership with Maxwell Berry. Healey and Berry were responsible for a number of Atlanta churches and government buildings prior to the war, including the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Trinity Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the United States Custom House (later City Hall). Following the destruction of the war, Healey was in the perfect business for the construction boom of the late 1800s, which rebuilt Atlanta. As his wealth accumulated, T. G. Healey became active in politics and other business ventures. One investment was in land, including the northwest corner of Marietta and Peachtree Streets where he built the first Healey Building. This location was the place where Atlanta's first elections were held in 1848 and where T. G. Healey's grandsons (William and Oliver) built the William-Oliver Building in 1930. From 1877 to 1882, Healey was president of the Atlanta Gas Light Company. In the 1880s, he was president of the West End and Atlanta Street Railroad Company, on the Executive Committee of the 1881 International Cotton Exhibition, and a Director of Joel Hurt's Atlanta Home Insurance Company (of which he was a purchaser of $5,000 in original stock). Politically, he was city alderman- at-large (1881) and mayor pro tem (1884). By 1889, the Atlanta Constitution was estimating Healey's wealth at between $500,000 and $1,000,000 - thus making him one of the fifteen richest men in the city. During this period, William T. Healey joined his father in his many business ventures, which still included brick making and real estate development. Among their joint enterprises were the Atlanta Car Works streetcar line (1892) and the development of a mineral water property, Austell Lithia Springs. After Thomas Healey's death in 1897, William carried on the family businesses, which came to include the new Healey Building of 1914. Excavations took most of 1913 and the project became known as "Healey's Hole," with seventy (seven feet square) wells filled with concrete reaching a depth of sixty feet.

The 16-story building was completed in 1914, at the end of Atlanta's first skyscraper era (1893-1918). Constructed of stone and embellished with terra-cotta, the wide, rectangular building achieves its vertical appearance from clustered piers which rise uninterrupted from the two- story base to the cornice. The neo-Gothic elements of the exterior detailing have been placed primarily at the base of the roofline. Pointed arches and tracery are employed to define the entrances and the storefronts; a heavy, ornate cornice which denotes the influence of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan caps the building. As the detailing of the street-level display windows is noteworthy, so is the unusual fenestration of the upper floors. Windows of different sizes and proportions are used: narrow, paired double-hung windows in the central bays of the long facades and wide, single, double-hung windows for the remainder of the building. The original plan for the Healey Building called for two matching skyscrapers on either side of a central dome. An arcade system was integrated into the plan that would allow pedestrian access through the buildings to Broad Street, Forsyth Street and Walton Street. This system, which was constructed along with the dome and one tower in 1914, is found in the skyscraper designs of pioneer Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham. In northern cities such as Chicago and Buffalo, Burnham's arcades provided protection from severe winter weather. Atlanta office workers have often used the Healey arcades as a cut through on rainy days. The ground level interior space lined with shops became an important public space rather than merely an enclosed lobby.

William Healey chose the firm of Morgan and Dillon to design his new building on Forsyth Street. In 1898, the firm's antecedent Bruce and Morgan had designed the Austell Building at 10 Forsyth Street and the Prudential Building on Broad Street, the city's first completely steel- framed skyscraper. From that time on, according to Dr. Elizabeth Lyon in her study of Atlanta's commercial architecture, Bruce and Morgan and its successor Morgan and Dillon were "the predominant architects designing large commercial structures" in the city. Their other works included the Empire Building, the Century Building, the Fourth National Bank, and the Third National Bank Building at Broad and Marietta Streets. The latter building was designed with the services of Walter Downing. Thomas Henry Morgan was born in Syracuse, New York in 1857 but later attended the University of Tennessee. He came to Atlanta in 1878 as a draftsman with the architectural firm of Parkins and Bruce. In 1882, the firm became Bruce and Morgan until 1904 when Bruce retired. It was at this time that Morgan formed his partnership with John R. Dillon. Among their buildings were the original Henrietta Egleston Hospital, J. P. Allen Department Store, Fulton County Courthouse (with A. Ten Eyck Brown), Fulton County Alms House, numerous schools and firehouses, as well as various college buildings at Georgia Tech, Agnes Scott, and Oglethorpe. Morgan appears to have been the salesman of the firm and was certainly prominent socially. He was a charter member of the prestigious Piedmont Driving Club, Capital City Club, and the Gate City Guard. Professionally, he was the first president of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and wrote the state law creating a State Board to examine and register architects. Not surprisingly, he served as the first president of the State Board. As already mentioned, Morgan and Dillon sometimes used Walter Downing as an associate of the firm. Downing was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1865 and moved to Atlanta in 1881. He began his study of architecture in the office of L. B. Wheeler in 1885, establishing his own business in 1890. Downing was well enough known to be the only Atlanta architect to design an exhibition hall for the 1895 Cotton States Exposition, the Fine Arts Building. A picture of this building shows a Beaux-Arts design with heavily carved and decorative friezes, columned front, balustrades, and one-story, matching wings with bowed side porticoes. In a letter from Horace Bradley (New York promoter of the exposition) to Downing, the former states that the famous painter James MacNeill Whistler greatly admired the design from a photograph and specifically asked who the architect was. Downing went on to design the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (335 Peachtree Center Blvd.), First Presbyterian Church (1328 Peachtree Street), Trinity Methodist Church (265 Washington Street), the Gay House (98 Currier Street), and the Wimbush House (1150 Peachtree Street and longtime home of the Atlanta Woman's Club). He also designed a famous Atlanta landmark for many years, the Flag Pole at Five Points. In 1898, W. T. Downing became a member of the American Institute of Architects and in 1909 was elected president of the Atlanta chapter of that organization. He was also responsible for the house of Hattie High at Peachtree and Fifteenth Streets, first home of what was to become the High Museum. As a gift to the city from Mrs. High, Downing designed a fountain across the street from her house.

The Healey Building remained in the Healey family until 1972 when it was sold for $3.2 million to Edward Elson and Morris Abram. In 1976, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places(Ref #77000429). Five years later, German entrepreneur Guenter Kaussen purchased the structure. By 1985, only sixteen percent of the office space remained in use and the building was bought from Kaussen's estate for $8 million by Healey Building Associates Ltd., a joint venture by the Dutch firm of Euram Resources and the Dutch bank Staal Bankers, N.V. In 1987, the Healey Building underwent an almost $12 million renovation under the direction of the architectural firm of Stang and Newdow. Prior to the renovation, it was reported that three truckloads of "trash" were removed from the Healey's basement three times daily for three months. Thus was "reborn" an Atlanta landmark.

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