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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Cyclorama and DeKalb Farmer's Market

The Cyclorama and 
Your DeKalb Farmer's Market

Forty-one "young at heart" travelers from First Baptist Peachtree City, whose ages ranged from 14 to 92, enjoyed a "field trip" to The Atlanta Cyclorama, and lunch afterward at Your DeKalb Farmer's Market on Tuesday. (We have regular excursions scheduled 9 out of 12 months, usually on the third Tuesday.)

The Cyclorama is located next to the Atlanta Zoo property, in Grant Park. The Cyclorama, depicts the second Battle of Atlanta, during the Civil War, otherwise known in the South as "The War of Northern Aggression. The circular painting is said to be the world's largest oil painting: 42 feet tall, 358 feet in circumference, painted on linen. The painting is enhanced by a diorama-like foreground, which features three dimensional figures, wagons, plants, etc., that are gradually scaled down to fade into the painting. At some points, it is impossible to determine where the foreground ends, and the painting begins. Technically, this painting was quite a feat! It was painted in 1885-86, by German artists. It's over 125 years old! 

Admission includes a 15 minute film, then a 30+ minute tour of the painting, while seated in rotating tiered seats, with a guide who answers questions, and supplements the recorded tour information. In the Cyclorama Building, there are also a gift shop, artifacts from the civil war, and the Texas, a steam locomotive involved in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.After everyone had time to prowl around the exhibits for a while, we departed for our lunch destination!

Lunch at Your DeKalb Farmer's Market is $4.99 per pound for salad and hot bar together. I ate a full plate for just $3.49!

Your DeKalb Farmer's Market is in a huge building housing 140,000 square feet of fresh produce, meat, seafood, prepared foods, bakery goods, exotic groceries and beverages from around the world, books, gadgets, and other oddities! It's a grocery store, entertainment, and travel experience. Most employees are from foreign countries. The cafeteria features international foods. People watching is engrossing, and perusing unusual and interesting "food items" is educational and fun!

Your DeKalb Farmer's Market, located at 3000 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA. 30030, is situated on 120 acres, and provides a complete recycling center as a service to customers. The market averages over 100,000 customers per week. They're open to the general public daily from 9-9, except when they close on Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Waiting for the movie to start. 

Movie scene. 

Segment of the World's Largest Painting. 

Cyclorama Entrance

Most of our group, after our Cyclorama tour. 

Part of our group! This whole row of tables, and people on the rows on either side, are in our group.

Most everyone found something that enticed them to make a purchase! You can see from my buggy that I certainly did! 

Waiting for the bus!
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