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Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments yesterday. I’m so looking forward to another 200 Tablescape Thursdays!
Lately I’ve been sticking near home a lot. I’m determined to get all the posts at BNOTP categorized, tagged and labeled so I can make the switch to the new system to alleviate the issue some readers are having accessing posts via the category links. So every free second when I’m not working on a new post, I’m categorizing, categorizing, categorizing. I can only do so many each day, though. It reminds me of looking through wallpaper books…after a while the mind just can’t absorb or process anymore.
Thank goodness for good friends who lure me away for some fun. For the 4th of July we did something new this year. Instead of cooking out, we got reservations for the evening at the Sundial Restaurant atop the The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. The Sundial is a unique experience because it’s always rotating slowly, so your view is always changing. Pssst: Hit Ctrl + a couple of times to get the most from this post. Then hit Ctrl zero when you’re done to return the pics to normal size.
The picture above and below are from their website. I’m kicking myself today because if I’m reading their website correctly, there may be an observatory located above the restaurant. Not sure about that but if there is, that would lure me back again for some additional pics.
I snapped this pic with my cell phone inside the elevator…maybe the restaurant is as high as you can go. Ummm…
We arrived well before dark…our reservations were for 8:00. Here’s the view as we rode up the elevator.
The picture below is from Wikipedia. I drew an arrow above the Sundial so you can see where it’s located in the Atlanta skyline. The Westin Peachtree building is the 5th tallest building in Atlanta. If you go to the Wikipedia website, you can run your cursor over the actual photo and it will identify all the buildings for you.
Since there were 5 of us, we weren’t seated in a table right up against the windows. Instead, we were just across the aisle in an oval shaped booth facing toward the windows. Every table has a great view, no matter where you’re seated.
(From left: Liz, Jan, Me, Janet and Jeannine. Jan is the sweet friend who made the mosaic planter I blogged about recently here: A Beautiful Mosaic Planter for the Front Porch)
The Sundial makes a full rotation each hour so the view is always changing. This photo was taken from my seat. Photography can be a challenge because you’re inside a moving building! I was told you can see Stone Mountain from up here. Ummm, wonder if that’s it off to the extreme right?
It’s beginning to get dark. This photo was also taken from my seat, but the view has changed once again.
Notice the couple below. I missed it…was down the way snapping fireworks pics, but I was told he dropped down on his knee and proposed. The waiter said that happens about five times a week at the Sundial. So if you go some evening, keep a look out for nervous acting gents. A proposal could take place right in front of you.
I zoomed in and snapped this pic of the Georgia Dome as it passed by, or I should say, as WE passed by.
I couldn’t figure out what these things were once they were lit up at night. Now I realize they are outside of The Dome.
The “blue hour” is almost upon us. The building that’s coming into view now is the 191 Peachtree Tower building and it’s 50 stories tall. It was completed in 1990. and is the 4th tallest building in Atlanta.
The “Blue Hour” has arrived!
Later in the evening fireworks began exploding everywhere. They were coming off the roof tops…just everywhere you looked. It was pretty amazing!
This must be what it would feel like to be in the middle of a fireworks explosion, minus the danger/burns, of course.
Later in the evening, after most of the diners had left, I was able to get closer to the windows. I snapped a few more photos just before we left for the night.
The moon was so pretty shining down on the one-ninety-one Peachtree Tower Building.
Such a fun, fun night! Did you go anywhere to see fireworks on the 4th? Or, was the fireworks show in your backyard?