Awesome Street Art in Richmond, VA

Friday, August 26, 2016

Other than the food, street art was a major highlight of my visit to Richmond, Virginia. There were really two hot spots for seeing street art in Richmond: Uptown and the Canal Walk. Just strolling along West Main street in Uptown, we saw numerous pieces of gorgeous street art adorning many corner buildings. In the Canal Walk, there was a huge gallery displaying giant works of street art.

While we were visiting Richmond, local artists were also creating street art to increase awareness surrounding dumping things into sewers that may drain directly into the James River. While I didn't get any photos of those pieces, I found them incredibly informative, while still being eye-catching. What a great combination and mission!

The smoking brain and woman in a strawberry jam jar were my favorite pieces. What are yours? Would you like to live in a house or apartment adorned with a gorgeous mural? I certainly would!

First Impressions Of Richmond, Virginia

Monday, August 22, 2016

I wanted to love Richmond, Virginia. Before visiting, I read numerous stories raving about the city and J and I even considered it as a potential place to live when/if we move back to the US. So, we counted this visit to Richmond as a reconnaissance visit. A visit to a city we've never been to to see if we could picture ourselves living there. And we did like it, we really did. But honestly, I'm not sure it is still on our "we could live there" list -- in fact, we are being quite picky and feel so excited that we are able to do this.

Over the next few posts, I'm going to share more details about our trip (including one of the highlights -- the amazing restaurants), but in this post, I thought I'd write more about my first impressions of this capital city.

Where is everyone?

The number one thing that J and I kept asking each other about Richmond was where is everyone. Sure it was HOT outside and we visited during the week, but still expected to see people walking around. The park in the Riverfront district was deserted, nobody was walking around downtown, and we only spotted a few people near Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and they were clearly playing Pokemon Go.

The food is great


As I mentioned above (and will write more about later), the food in Richmond was excellent and was one of the highlights of our visit. Everywhere we ate was simply delicious.

Wow, it is spread out


So, maybe Richmond isn't as walkable as I first thought (and really hoped). Though not huge, the neighborhoods all seemed very spread out, so much so that it felt as though we walked for hours to get from one place to another.

Awesome real estate


One of the things we are looking for in a place is real estate that is much more affordable than CT, NY, and MA. From what we saw online, you really get some bang for your buck in Richmond. And the many houses that we strolled by were very cute.

The first decent cappuccino I've had in the US


This is me being a coffee snob and completely spoiled by the awesome coffee scene in Europe. From what I've sampled, many cafes in the US have not quite learned the art of heating/frothing the milk to the right temperature. I was super pleased to find a cafe in Richmond that had not only a nice cappuccino, but a delicious espresso.

No playgrounds?


We searched and searched for a playground to bring Baby ISO to, but were completely unsuccessful. I'm guessing we weren't looking in the right places. Any suggestions for next time?

The VCU campus is awesome! 


We stayed in an Airbnb near the VCU campus, so we had ample time to explore some of the grounds and surrounding restaurants. It was a really nice (and spread out) campus with some gorgeous buildings. I would have loved to sneak into the science buildings to check out the facilities. Had I planned ahead enough, I should have emailed a professor!

Have you been to Richmond? Where have I gone completely wrong with this list?

I'm linking up with Wander Mum for City Tripping.