River City Wandering

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I LOVE Richmond. I really, really do. RVA has a MAJOR thing going for it. Location, location, location.  You don’t have to travel far to get to The Chesapeake Bay, DC, Blue Ridge Mountains, several national parks, dozens of cute towns, all of the east coast, and the Atlantic. But folks can take for granted all the things there own city has to offer. So go ahead — be a tourist without leaving home.

Owen and I spent the day walking around Richmond. Here are just a few highlights in  just two miles from Church Hill to Belle Island. I wasn’t packing the dslr, only the point-in-shoot. You’ll still get the picture.

Mural along side the Global Hopper Cafe on Main.

Mural along side the Global Hopper Cafe on Main.

Main St. Station. From an era when rail reined supreme. The clock tower is currently under some sort of construction so I didn’t take any complete shots of it. Next time. It’s a gorgeous building inside and out.

Richmond is full of interesting contrasts between old and new.

Richmond is full of interesting contrasts between old and new.

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Main St. Station.

Reconciliaton Statue: A truely stunning sculpture representing a dark and shameful past. This statue is located at the site what was once Richmond’s slave market.

The Reconciliation Triangle is located in: Liverpool England, Benin Region of Africa, and Richmond, VA

The Reconciliation Triangle: Liverpool England, Benin Region of Africa, and Richmond.

Belle Island: One of my favorite spots in the city. I’d love to know if there are any other places where you can kayake white water and have a city skyline directly in front of you and a place like Hollywood Cemetary to y0ur left. Belle Island was once a prison, quarry, iron works factory and is now a part  of the James River Park system.

The James from Belle Island.

The James from Belle Island.

The 1,100 foot-long footbridge suspended beneath the Lee Bridge to Belle Island.

The 1,100 foot-long footbridge suspended beneath the Lee Bridge to Belle Island.

Owen and I finished our little adventure on Brown’s Island and the Canal Walk before heading home. Friday Night Cheers on Brown’s Island begins May 8th. On our way back we stopped at the Fountain Bookstore (one of the best) to snoop.

Owen watching geese along the canal on Brown's Island.

Owen watching geese along the canal on Brown's Island.

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