Richmond Fire Department
Every once in a while, while on my travels, I get the opportunity to see America's civil servants in action, yet often we forget to recognize the men and women of this country who put their lives at risk for our safety. While enjoying a wonderful afternoon in Richmond, we got the opportunity to see the fine firefighters from Richmond rolling into action.
As we go about our business and/or travels, make sure to thank these guys for a job well done!
If needed, these firefighters can be reached by dialing 911. Alternatively, for non-emergencies, they can be contacted at: 646-1526. They will also perform a free home safety check and install smoke detectors if needed!
Vantage point 3: "new" City Hall Observation Deck
Another good vantage point is the observation deck of the new (in Richmond terms) City Hall. Since 11 September 2001, you sign in on the ground floor and then take the lift up to the 17th floor observation deck. As you can see on enlarging the 6-frame photo, on a clear day, you can get a good view of the city from all sides.
Stars and bars and the South
This flag on my picture was put just by the entrance to the Museum of the Confederacy and is commonly known as the "STARS AND BARS".
The flag contained 13 five pointed stars. Each star symbolized one state admitted to the Confederacy:
- North Carolina,
- South Carolina,
These states are called the South now. Map here
Unless you are going to a debutante cotillion or something like that, pack light. There are four distinct seasons in Richmond, VA, just like most parts of the U.S.A. Dress for the season. In the summer, it can get extremely hot. In the winter it can get extremely cold. In every season, it can rain, so always pack an umbrella- that is, if you can get it through security. A simple 35mm camera will do. For the rugged outdoorsy types, bring plenty of sun block and mosquito repellent. The mosquitoes are brutal in the summer.
Dogs of Richmond
I saw a few, quite pretty dogs in Richmond but nothing compare to... that stone dog on my picture. He was alone, kept the basket with a pot in his mouth and welcomed to one of the houses on Monument Avenue. Hmm... later on during my Southern trip I saw similar dogs in front of quite many houses.