A Full Day

A full day in Atlanta started off with none other than the infamous IKEA!!!!! It has been a whole year since I’ve been and it was a like a whole new experience (they have so many new products). If you haven’t gone to IKEA, YOU MUST! It is one of my favorite shopping experiences. I think part of the fun is exploring somewhere we don’t have at home and it’s unlike any home store you will find. It can be overwhelming but the products are so unique and soooooo reasonably priced which can make you feel like you aren’t spending much until you see your total at the cash registers. Oops! For those of you from western Kentucky, the two closest locations are Cincinnati or Atlanta.

After we spent three hours, yes in IKEA, we ventured on for something to eat. After all that shopping we worked up an appetite. We traveled just a few miles away to R. Thomas Deluxe Grill. Brandon’s mom introduced us to R. Thomas the last time we visited. I’m not sure what makes this restaurant more unique the fact that you walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom or that there are cages of tropical birds lining the entryway. Yes I said birds; parrots, toucans, canaries, etc. Whatever it may be the food is amazing! It’s hard to believe it is known for being a healthy dining out option. We dined over mango salad and cajun saute under the glow of green, blue, and red light bulbs on the covered patio. However, I must warn you, if you are one to order the same thing from most menus (like chicken tenders) and not willing to try something new then this may not be the place for you. If you’re ready to take a chance and try something new while having a eclectic dining experience R. Thomas is worth putting in your gps.
Brandon and the toucan were having a stare down. 
I was enjoying the cajun saute while Brandon was keeping it fresh with the mango salad.  You can tell from these pictures that the lights are anything but white, notice the green glow from the bulbs. 
The night was capped off with an absolute hilarious showing of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) performed at the Shakespeare Tavern. For us hilarious and Shakespeare didn’t necessarily go in the same sentence. But after our visit to this dinner theatre our perspective changed. (Disclaimer: I can only speak for the particular show we saw). Nicholas Faircloth, Matt Felten, and Daniel Parvis performed a hilarious mash up all 39 works by William Shakespeare. Oh wait let me apologize hilarious does not even come close to describing the humor and wit these three actors poured into this show. Later as Brandon and I continued to quote our favorite parts to one another I mentioned that it intrigued my interest about Shakespeare’s plays and made me want to learn more about them. Brandon said that he thought that was part of the purpose. It was a comical glance at his works in order to peak interest. It worked for us. I’m not saying I’m going to go buy the complete works of William Shakespeare but I may rent a modern version. For example, the 2001 movie, “O” or the 2000 adapation of Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles. So, if you are feeling adventurous and want a unique experience this is definitely a place you want to check out.
Tomorrow we are on the road again to Savannah!

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