Tomorrow Ben and I are going to leave our world of work, school, work, school behind and escape to the exotic and far-away land of ….
… Richmond, VA. OK, maybe it’s not that exotic or far-away. It only takes about 2 hours to drive there, and as for being exotic, well, I don’t know about that, but it does have quite a few other things going for it. From what I’ve seen so far, it seems to be quite a historical and cultural hub. Here are some fast facts from a very reputable source:
- It is the capitol of Virginia
- It once was the capitol of the Confederacy (the White House of the Confederacy is still there)
- It’s the home of St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech
- It has an AA baseball team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels (?!?)
- It has an Edgar Allan Poe museum
- In 2005, Richmond earned the distinction of being the 5th most dangerous city and 12th most dangerous metropolitan area in the US (great job, guys! you make us proud). However, their crime has decreased and by 2008 they were only the 49th most dangerous city in the US. (Ah, mediocrity … it’ll get you in the end.)
We’re just making a quick one-day there-and-back trip to Richmond with some friends to see the current Picasso exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, so we won’t have time for a whole lot of sightseeing besides that (which is unfortunate, since it looks like there is a lot to see). But I’m hoping we can hit up a great local restaurant and maybe one other attraction if we have time before we have to head back.
Some of my favorite bloggers, the Petersiks from Young House Love, happen to live in Richmond and they have written a city guide which lists their 5 favorites out of 5 categories, such as “Places to chow down” and “Ways to enjoy a gorgeous day.” Click here to get it straight from the experts.
I also found another great (and more comprehensive) Richmond city guide on Design*Sponge. (For all of their city guides, click here!) Their Richmond city guide lists so many cool restaurants, parks, historic buildings, shops and other destinations that I started to feel sort of panicky reading about them all. In the immortal words of Strongbad, it has more stuff “than you or your grandmother can handle.” So be warned if you click the link; it may result in emotional meltdowns or compulsive weekend trips to Richmond.
Now I’m off to get some work done so I’m ready for the weekend … clean up the house a bit, and maybe bake some cookies or something for the road. Have a good one!
(All photos from the City of Richmond’s website.)