In and Around Richmond, VA
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Spending sometime in this city on business travel. Try to wedge in a couple sightseeing trips when time permits.
Visited the State Capital grounds today thought cannot go inside because its after hours. Most of the state capitals I see are domed shaped but not this one which boasts the tall columns that is typical of southern architecture. On the southside of this building stands the Virginia courts and on the northside is the Governo'r Mansion (a beautiful castle-like building indeed).
Drove downtown and went to Belle Island. Take 5th Street to the end and bear right and park in the parking lot under the bridge. Walk the suspension bridge over to Belle Island and walk the trail which loops around (approx. 1-2 miles). Great place to go for a walk or a swim in the James River or just skip across the huge rocks in the water. The island closes at 9:30 PM.
My next stop took me to the Shockhoe district and onto Dock Street. Here they have the restored canals where you can take a local boat ride up until 7PM. The canal walkway goes all the way to Brown's Island. Reminds me of the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas but they have a long ways to go! Walked over to Brown's Island where there was a $2 charge to get on the island to hear the local bands play. Very nice atmosphere on a summer Friday evening. Topped the evening off with a visit to City Dogs on West Main Street where they are known for their creative hot dogs. Had the Santa Fe dog along with a beer ....ummm great tasting!
Headed to Virginia Beach today (1 1/2 hours drive from Richmond) and hung out on the beach. They had an art festival going on on the boardwalk. Nice but I still prefer the beach and boardwalk at Ocean City, MD! I did not see any miniature golf course anywhere!
Didn't have much time to sightsee the 2nd week but did meet up and have dinner with a local SERVAS host at a french restaurant, Can Can Brasserie in Carytown (see review), attended a play at the Barksdale Theatre called Crowns (see review) and visted the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (see review). It's been fun in Richmond but it is time to head home, sweet home!
The site of Richmond, at the fall line of the James River in the Piedmont region of Virginia, was briefly settled by English settlers from Jamestown in 1609, and in 1610Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½"11, near the site of a significant native settlement. The present city of Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780. During the Revolutionary War period, several notable events occurred in the city, including Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech in 1775 at St. John's Church, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1779Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½"the latter of which was written by Thomas Jefferson in the city. During the American Civil War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America, and many important American Civil War landmarks remain in the city, including the Virginia State Capitol and the White House of the Confederacy, among others. Richmond is approximately 104 miles from Washington DC via I95S and 75 miles to Virginia Beach via Norfolk and Hampton Roads on I64E.