This time of year puts me in a quandary: school (or at least fall sports practice) has started for many, but the thermometer still says summer and the calendar still reads August. If you’re not quite ready to return to the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule, nurture your denial and take a tour of your hometown. You don’t have to go far to enjoy the treasures in your own back yard. As my sister-in-law mLb, who lives in Bermuda, reflects in our post Living in Paradise Bermuda-Style,
I am thankful to be a tourist in my own city. Otherwise I wouldn’t have learned so much about my island paradise.
Locally, sSn always seems to be on the go in RVA when she is not working as a school nurse. She doesn’t wait for visitors to enjoy what the rest of us only have on our bucket list. Last summer she managed to get her family on a Segway tour of Richmond.
Chimborazo Park in front of the mini-Statue of Liberty
Segwaying down Libby Hill, one of Richmond’s Seven Hills…just like Rome!
Connecticut statue in its new home atop the Lucky Strike building
The triple crossing in Shockoe Bottom – the only place where three major railroads cross on top of each other in North America
An intrepid Girl Scout troop leader, she’s all action when it comes to being a tourist in this historical city that most of us residents take for granted. This summer she and her family trekked to a few notable destinations.
Historic St. John’s Church on Church Hill
wSc posing with professional actors who reenact Patrick Henry’s Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech Sundays during summer months
hSl and wSc at floodwall mural
This view from Libby Hill gave Richmond its name because founder William Byrd II thought it looked like Richmond on the Thames.
Malvern Hill Battlefield, the site of a hard-fought Confederate defeat
After all that history, sSn investigated the newest entrants to an RVA itinerary, the craft breweries. Shown above is her husband at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery tasting room, and then it was on to
Blue Bee Cider tasting room. What a refreshing way to end a day of historic tours!
Thanks, S, for inspiring us to get out and about in our hometown. What else can we add to the tour?
August 20, 2014