Road Trip to SenoiaWe were already impatient for the new season of The Walking Dead to begin, but after our tour of Senoia last weekend, we are so ready!!! We were heading up to Atlanta to catch Cirque du Soleil's Luzia, (which was amazing, by the way!) and we decided to take a detour into Senoia, home of the last and current seasons of The Walking Dead.
Senoia's Walk of FameWe fell in love with Senoia right away with its quaint streets, brick sidewalks, and charming antique shops, family-owned restaurants, and home decor boutiques. Many TV shows and movies have used Senoia's charm, and we were delighted to read the names of the familiar and unknown as we meandered through town.
Nic & Norman's and EEK!--Alexandria!After a quick lunch at Nic & Norman's, which is owned by Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus--both of the Walking Dead--we ventured toward our Airbnb accommodations (which were incredible!). Along the way, we caught a glimpse of the walls of Alexandria, and we both geeked out like little kids, screaming and laughing in the car.
We unloaded the car and chatted a bit with our awesome Airbnb host (favorite hosts ever!) and then headed back into town for our tour.
The check-in process for the tour was at the Waking Dead Cafe, found right next to the Walking Dead shop and museum, which had some fun artifacts actually used in the show and several standing posters of our favorite characters.
My Knight had been a bit concerned about a three-hour tour (cue Gilligan's music here) but Colin's sense of humor and outgoing personality made the three hours go by fast. We were engaged and entertained the entire time!
It was nice having the video screens on the bus because Colin could show us scenes from the show as we were seeing the actual locations out the window of the bus.
Getting Off the BusColin shared behind-the-scenes details and explained how the editing could change the physical make-up of the town based on the show's needs, or how scenes might be filmed on location but then the close-ups can be done later in the studio if need be.
One of the perks of booking Atlanta Movie Tours is the ability to see inside Morgan's apartment and the barn where the Governor and Rick had their meeting (and the heartbreaking grassy spot where Darryl had to take out the walker version of his brother, Merle!).
The most exciting off-bus excursion was a run-down factory where Michonne took out a cage full of walkers after snatching her sword back from the Governor's apartment. It was also the scene of the big arena fight the Governor staged with Darryl and the walkers that reintroduced Merle after his long absence.
It was so cool to stand there in such a familiar setting from a pivotal scene and imagine what it had been like when they were filming.
The scenery along the route was beautiful countryside, and the bus stopped for snacks and a bathroom break about midway through. During the periods of time with no locations to see, Colin kept us entertained with stories and personal accounts, as well as trivia games with fun prizes.
Back in AlexandriaOnce we got back to town after the tour, we were able to walk a couple of blocks from the main street to see the walls of Alexandria up close and take more pics. As we walked we encountered many other TWD fans who were there for the same reason, and we enjoyed meeting fellow enthusiasts and talking about the show and the setting.
We kept our eyes open for any sighting of cast members, as they are known to sometimes frequent the restaurants of Senoia, but the closest we got was a rush of excitement over a walking tour with a guide who was a dead ringer for Andrew Lincoln as Rick.
I would highly recommend a visit to Senoia for any movie or TV buff, and if you're a fan of TWD, you definitely need to do Atlanta Movie Tours' Big Zombie Tour #2.
Now bring on the next season and let's kick Negan's butt!