Day Two of my brother’s visit to Atlanta consisted of a trip to the zoo to see the pandas, a picture-perfect stop at Jackson Street Bridge, some fun at Swan House, and a drive by the new Braves stadium.
Here’s all about our Sibling Shenanigans Day 2:
Very bright but not so early, we got up and headed to Zoo Atlanta for some panda sighting.
The bears are all I really care about, and I’m not going to apologize for that. Before the pandas, we found the two sun bears with their silly slothy claws and their long tongues. Ironically the sun bears were sticking to the shade. I managed to pull myself away from these sweet bears because of the promise of more bears along the way.
Zoo Atlanta received the majestic fluff ball that is the Giant Panda in 1999. Lun Lun and Yang Yang came on loan from China. In 2006 the bears had their first born, Mei Lan. After that came Xi Lan in 2008 and Po in 2010. These three have since returned to China. The most recent stars of the zoo are twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, born in 2013. On our Sibling Shenanigan Day, Lun Lun and Yang Yang were sitting peacefully outside, stripping bamboo. Inside, Mei Huan and Mei Lun were getting up to some sibling shenanigans of their own. Well, one was sleeping and the other decided it would be fun to push her sister off the branch. Ah sibling love! I can finally check the twins off my Atlanta bucket list.
After satisfying myself with seeing 6 bears in one day, we stopped for a short photo shoot at the Jackson Street Bridge.
Now known for “The Walking Dead” promo, Jackson Street Bridge has been known as the spot for the quintessential Atlanta view for years. The skyscrapers of the Downtown Skyline line up along Peachtree Street in the perfect silhouette. The bridge is easy to get to and doesn’t have a ton of traffic, and best of all, it is absolutely free to get the best picture of Downtown Atlanta. So how could we pass up a selfie at one of the most picture-perfect spots in the city and crossing another thing off my Atlanta bucket list?
Once our selfie was snapped, we made our way to the Atlanta History Center and Swan House.
Swan House is a classically styled mansion that was built in 1928 for Edward Inman and his wife Emily. Edward only lived in the house for 3 years before dying of a heart attack. Emily lived in the house, with her children and grandchildren coming and going, until her death in 1965. The house is traditionally known as one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Atlanta, certainly even more so after being featured in The Hunger Games as President Snow’s mansion. The lawn is often used as a wedding location, as was being set up when we visited, and most of the home’s furnishings belonged to the Inmans. Another thing crossed off my Atlanta bucket list!
After Swan House, I took my brother for a drive by the new Braves stadium that is still being built. After we oohed and ahhed at the half-completed construction, we went for tapas at Eclipse di Luna. Once I had sufficiently gorged myself on calamari, we called it a night and headed back to my apartment to watch a show on mega mansions, as if seeing Swan House wasn’t enough splendor for one day.
Have an adventurous sibling? I wanna know! Tell me your Sibling Shenanigans stories in the comments!