So, moving on from Panama City Beach we went to Pensacola. To cut a long story short, we had a fantastic time. Pensacola was a dream, beautiful and the hotel had upgraded our room to the penthouse suite which boasted views front and back. What an absolutely stunning beach.
6.54am - balcony view (yes I took this)
It was a stunning place alright and we had a lovely time there, the only Brits for miles - which we love actually. Southern hospitality is at it's finest there on the "Redneck Riviera". It wasn't all plain sailing there though, Niamh had a nasty fall in a restaurant near Pensacola, she fell down hard flat onto her back. She was bruised a bit but, she had fallen on the site of the tumour and operation so (naturally) she became anxious. We think that a fall caused the tumour to grow aggressively in the first place (the docs don't agree though so it's our theory that one) so you can imagine that Niamh was somewhat panicked when she did it, inconsolable really. Convinced that the tumour was going to reactivate (because, as you know, she still has some tumour left in that was inoperable). It has taken a while for her to calm down about this because since we returned it has bothered her a bit. We may still have to pop to the hospital for a consultation and a scan yet. I will keep you posted on that.
Back to the holiday - Niamh and Conor were thrilled to find a whirlpool bath in the penthouse and we all had a shot in it.I think the jets really helped Niamh's sore back. She certainly took advantage of it and had a few baths over the two days we were there. :-)
We just chilled out a bit and visited the National Naval Aviation Museum - great for military geek Paul and plane enthusiast Conor.
After Pensacola, we flew to Atlanta, Georgia and arrived into the busiest airport in the world. We watched planes landing at the same time as us and experienced Spaghetti Junction as we taxied to our stop before having to get a train to pick up our luggage. This place was huge.
Atlanta is an interesting city, lots to see and do there for families. As ever, Paul had booked our hotel in a central location so we could hotfoot it around easily and see the city. Niamh scored us another upgrade on arrival to a one bedroom apartment (she prefers this so she can get peace and quiet when she wants). We visited the Georgia Aquarium - one of the largest, if not the largest, aquariums in the world. Niamh and Conor love marine life and enjoyed viewing the animals.
From there we moved on the the World of Coca Cola next door which was really fun. The secret formula is housed in the vault there. There was loads to see from advertising to history to trying all the coca cola products available worldwide. Perhaps not the best idea for an 8 year old boy who was already buzzing from the additives in the US foods. There were 60 different products to test and I believe we tried them all.
We also visited CNN Studios and Zoo Atlanta before heading home to cold Scotland and reality. We've been back a week and the kids are back at school after a short bout of jet-lag.
Now we're planning our next trip already, I wonder where we'll go.......