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Midnight train to Georgia

Well the early flight actually. Our traditional pre-Christmas trip to Buckhead in Georgia starts today. Our 7th year in a row for festive fun.

There will be the normal afternoon tea date with Mr & Mrs Claus, that joyous fairytale is still rolling in our house thankfully, helped in no small way by our annual meet up with the Claus’. We will also do the Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights with it’s two million twinkly lights. S’mores and mulled wine will accompany us on our walk around it’s dazzling 30 acres.

New this year will be a penguin encounter at the gigantic Georgia Aquarium. I’ve ducked out of the ice-skating. Bad knee you see, and I’ll take myself off for a far less cold and dangerous massage instead.

There will be, I have a suspicion shopping. There’s plenty of options for last minute panic buying and a date night tour of local bars.

One other change this year is our hotel choice. For years we stayed at the St Regis, but it started to rest on it’s laurels a bit for me, especially at this time of the year. So we’re going to stay at the recently rebranded Waldorf Astoria. It was just recently bought by the Xenia Hotel company for $53m from Mandarin Oriental with promises of re-imagining and other fancy designer words. I’ve stayed there before, so looking forward to seeing it again.

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