Travelling around the U.S. at Christmas time is always fraught with obstacles, and sure enough our attempt to fly back from Atlanta via two other places, when we could have gone direct to Bermuda has failed us. Wasn’t my idea is all I’m saying. So an overnight stop in freezing cold Philadelphia at a nasty airport hotel means we won’t get home until late on Christmas Eve with hardly any food in the fridge and nothing wrapped etc..
On a positive note we have just spent our 8th festive family getaway in Buckhead, a more spiffy branch of the Atlanta metropolis, in which we crammed various Christmas activities into a short time including seeing Santa.
My favourite thing however was the touring Cirque de Soleil show at Atlantic Station, which we saw on Saturday afternoon. Watching a Cirque show is like an episode of Game of Thrones. It is impossible to take in everything that is going on in, and it most definitely needs a second viewing. Volta is an elaborate games show that is hosted by the very funny Mr Wow.
The idea, I think, is to encourage everyone’s innermost suppressed artistic skill. So, whilst ‘the greys’ walk around glued to their phones taking selfies, other more ambitious humans do death defying things on trampolines, high ropes and bikes. Throw in your regular smorgasbord of acrobats, trapeze artists, dancers and singers and you have a breathtaking three hour show.
We had front row seats, and I am in even more awe of these Cirque artists. Fantastic entertainment in a tailor made environmentally friendly Cirque big top that they transport around the globe and curate just how they want. Volta packs itself up from Atlanta and takes itself to LA in the new year.