Pictures from my trip to France in May will be up on the blog next week. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few pictures of a visit to Richmond Brian and I made over the weekend.
We were there to visit our friend Tim from high school and he showed us all the best places to go. First was dinner at a Greek place, Stella‘s. The food was A-mazing. I had the lamb frites and can’t say enough good things. The guys had moussaka and were happy as could be.
After dinner we decided on a walk to do some digesting. Tim suggested Belle Isle, a popular hang out spot on the James River. A pedestrian bridge hangs below the highway to get you across the river. There’s a great view of the city skyline as you cross.
The isle pretty large, with a wide loop trail to get all the way around. The river along one side of the island is popular for swimmers, sunbathers, rafters, and tubers.
Belle Isle has had many purposes over the years, from POW camp during the Civil War to granite quarry. The quarry (below) was in use until one of the sides cracked and it flooded. These days it’s just the park that brings people to Belle Isle.
After our walk, we went out on the town. Richmond has a good selection of local breweries, including Strangeways where we stopped and said hello to some of Tim’s friends. Back at the house, we tried one of Tim’s own concoctions, a homebrow of the Dominican liqueur mama juana. I’ll just call that one an experience.
The next morning we stopped for brunch at Joe’s Inn, which was one of Tim’s top brunch picks in what he deemed “a city of brunches”.
We nearly opted to class it up at the Jefferson Hotel with its bottomless mimosas and smart casual dress code, but we felt we didn’t have enough time to spend for the full experience. It’s on the list for next time.
After brunch, Brian and I headed back to the Old Line State. This trip left me wanting to visit Richmond more often. There’s nothing like the charm of a southern city.