Richmond, Virginia

On September 19, 2017, we had an early morning appointment at the offices of the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program in Richmond, Virginia. The program allows faster entry into the US with not queuing (!) and includes systematic TSA pre-check when leaving (or traveling within) the United States. We had applied and been approved on-line, but we needed a personal appearance with fingerprint and passport check to officialize things. Rather than leave Chapel Hill in the middle of the night, we chose to set out a day early and spend the night in Richmond.

In the afternoon of September 18, we explored the Central Office District; this part of town is brand-new. We walked over one of several footbridges to Brown's Island and sat by the James River for a while. After a refreshing drink at one of the hotel bars, we retrieved our car and drove to Monument Avenue where we spent some time looking at the Robert E. Lee monument and a few of the gorgeous properties in that neighborhood.

Our interview the next morning went well, except that the FBI fingerprint computer refused to clear us. As it turned out, it was not just us: it refused to clear any the people who were there. We waited for a while and decided to explore Richmond some more. Our case officer told us he would call us once he had more information. We drove to the Carytown district; that part of Richmond reminded us of Georgetown in Washington: interesting stores, vibrant colors, great eateries. We found an Italian café that served a wonderful capuccino and cannoli that would not have been out of place in Bordighera (where our favorites are made at the Bar Centrale). While we were enjoying our treat, we were advised that the FBI had finally cleared us.

We spent the rest of our time in Richmond exploring Carytown, the place where most of the photos on this page were taken. We didn't have enough time to report on Richmond more extensively, but we wanted to share the sights and colors we did see.

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The newly renovated Kanawha Plaza in the Central Office District

The newly renovated Kanawha Plaza in the Central Office District


Looking to the American Civil War Museum from Brown's Island

Looking to the American Civil War Museum from Brown's Island


The James River between the mainloand and Brown's Island

The James River between the mainland and Brown's Island


The lobby of the brand new building in which our parking garage was located

The lobby of the brand new building in which our parking garage was located


Glass façade of the Williams Mullen Center The Robert E. Lee monument at Lee Circle

Glass façade of the Williams Mullen Center

The Robert E. Lee monument at Lee Circle


A closer look at the 61-foot statue that has recently become the source of some controversy

A closer look at the 61-foot statue that has recently become the source of some controversy


Residences on Monument Avenue

Residences on Monument Avenue


West Cary Street in the Carytown district of Richmond

West Cary Street in the Carytown district of Richmond


The '10 Italian Café' by South Auburn Avenue has great coffee and fabulous cannoli

The 10 Italian Café by South Auburn Avenue has great coffee and fabulous cannoli


On Ellwood Avenue An elderly and very affectionate resident

On Ellwood Avenue

An elderly and very affectionate resident


At the 'Can Can Brasserie' there is outdoor and...

At the Can Can Brasserie there is outdoor and...


...indoor 'al fresco' luncheoning.

...indoor al fresco luncheoning.


The color purple

The color purple


Mural on South Colonial Avenue

Mural on South Colonial Avenue


On South Colonial Avenue Colorful façade on West Cary Street

On South Colonial Avenue

Colorful façade on West Cary Street


Cartwheels & Coffee

Cartwheels & Coffee (alternate link)


The local Mellow Mushroom

The local Mellow Mushroom


Blue house on South Colonial Avenue

Blue house on South Colonial Avenue


The Eatery features American and Chinese dishes

The Eatery features American and Chinese dishes


Sweet Frog serves frozen yoghurt The Amici Restaurant serves Italian food

Sweet Frog serves frozen yoghurt

The Amici Restaurant serves Italian food


On South Sheppard Street

On South Sheppard Street


'Bangles and Beads' downstairs, the 'Xtra‘s Café' upstairs

Bangles and Beads downstairs, the Xtra's Café upstairs


Mural on South Dooley Avenue

Mural on South Dooley Avenue


Greek eatery on West Cary Street

Greek eatery on West Cary Street


Colorful side of the 'Glow Med Spa' 'Coppola's Deli' at the corner of W Cary and S Colonial

Colorful side of the Glow Med Spa (Check out their car!)

Coppola's Deli at the corner of W Cary and S Colonial


At the intersection of West Cary and South Sheppard Streets

At the intersection of West Cary and South Sheppard Streets


Blue building on South Dooley Avenue

Blue building on South Dooley Avenue


By the 'Can Can Brasserie'

By the Can Can Brasserie


The 1929 'New York Deli' and the 1928 'Byrd Theatre'

The 1929 New York Deli and the 1928 Byrd Theatre


The photos on this page were taken on September 18 and 19, 2017.




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