Overview of Richmond
Have a overview of the city.
Richmond is the Virginia capital and have some high buildings which reflect on the James River. Two visitors centers :
* 550 E Marshall street - 804.782.2777.
* 1710 Robin Hood Rd - I95/I64 exit 78 - 800.370.2577
David, Lee, and Nat's Excellent Adventures
Sadly, Andy couldn't stay with us all day for the grand tour because of a long honey-do list (for those on the Left Bank, that's a long list of small errands wives or girlfriends give their husbands.) After lunch, Lee and I left Carytown, making a beeline for the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. We wanted to get in all of the museum as well as the White House tour. It turns out I have been taking enough people through the White House that I got a guide I had before. Mark acemj will remember this guide- a very intelligent middle-aged gentleman who remembered me from 3 years before, who has ties to Halifax County (he even knew of my Grandpa Terry). He is a staunch defender of Robert E. Lee. As any of you who have done the White House of the Confederacy know, that tour is a real cardiovascular workout. After we saw the whole of the museum including the gift shop, we were off to the Canal Walk. I had toured part of it before, but this was the first time we went all the way to Belle Isle. Along the way, we walked through the Alcoa plant, saw the Christopher Newport cross, walked on footbridges to Brown's Island and back to the mainland, through to Belle Isle- a 5-iron from the Virginia War Memorial where David and I toured ourselves alone the previous day. When we started the Canal Walk, food was the four-letter f word. However, after the round trip of 3.25 miles (5 km.) we could have eaten a horse and chased the rider. Luckily, Bottoms Up Pizza is virtually along the eastern fringe of the Canal Walk. We ate there and watched the American football games from the bar on the restaurant's back porch as passenger trains passed by from nearby Main Street Station.
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The "Gateway to the South"
Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy. One must remember this when they visit Richmond for the first time. Southern pride feelings still run deep in this city. It also provides good learning experiences. The White house of the confederacy is located next to the MCV campus and was the home of Jefferson Davis. Along with the white house is the museum of the confederacy. Just down the road is Hollywood Cemetery. Here, four presidents are burried. It is known for it's unusually artistic grave stones and number of confederate soldiers and officers burried here. It is sometimes refered to as "the arlington of the south"
Health food in Carytown
When you think of cities where health food is popular, the first places which might come to mind are San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and maybe even Denver, but not Richmond, Virginia with its fine (but fattening) Southern cuisine. However, Carytown is one of those funky enclaves in which you will find several health food stores that sell all sorts of vitamin supplements, protein substitutes for vegetarians or vegans, or simply organic produce.
'Pony Pasture' is a nice spot to view or swim in the James river. It is located off Huguenot rd, south of richmond. (I am almost positive there is a brown sign telling you where to go) When tide is low (and if you are adventurous) you can climb on the many smooth rocks that are in the river and get a great view! The greenery there is lush and beautiful as well.