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Old November 1st, 2010, 09:05 PM   #61
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First Friday! A true revelation. Richmond BRANG it each Friday night. Then onto Impenema! And Sticky Rice! <3 Wonderful bar city. Loved the Fan.

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Ipanema is my favorite watering hole. Glad to see that you checked it out.
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 03:10 AM   #62
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Great food, great vibe... wonderful. I was hanging with two Brazilian guys whilst I was there so naturally they wanted to check it out. They loved it as well.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 09:11 PM   #63
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Great food, great vibe... wonderful. I was hanging with two Brazilian guys whilst I was there so naturally they wanted to check it out. They loved it as well.
Mpl, I bet a quarter you and Spencer are talking about two different Ipanema restaurants in Richmond. Could it be the one you and your Brazilian friends liked was the suburban churrascaria near Short Pump? It closed about a month ago because of competition from the very upscale Texas de Brazil at Regency Square. There is another churrascaria in Shockoe Slip called Dora's Brasilian Grill.

I'm pretty sure Spencer's favorite Ipanema is the fun, funky, mostly vegetarian cellar cafe and bar on West Grace Street near the VCU academic campus.

But...since you mention Sticky Rice in the same sentence with Ipanema, I could be wrong!

Oooops, I may have lost my quarter.

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Old November 8th, 2010, 01:21 AM   #64
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Burt I am talking about the vegetarian cellar cafe. It was AWESOME! That strip was a lot of fun. Many memories were made hahaha...
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Old November 9th, 2010, 09:08 PM   #65
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Burt I am talking about the vegetarian cellar cafe. It was AWESOME! That strip was a lot of fun. Many memories were made hahaha...
Ah, well. Win some lose some. You and Spencer can each collect a quarter, but you'll have to come to New York City to do it, 'cause that where I live.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 01:35 AM   #66
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How walkable is Richmond for a visitor when it comes to seeing historical sites within city limits? Is it pedestrian-friendly like Savannah, GA? Or do I absolutely need to have a rental car?
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Old December 27th, 2010, 02:26 PM   #67
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How walkable is Richmond for a visitor when it comes to seeing historical sites within city limits? Is it pedestrian-friendly like Savannah, GA? Or do I absolutely need to have a rental car?
A car would be nice due to the large area Historic Richmond encompasses, but not at all necessary imo. Richmond has a great bus line that takes you all over the city. Disregarding that, the Shockoe Bottom/Canal Area, Downtown, the Fan, etc are all walkable. I am a student in Richmond and could honestly say I could live here without a vehicle. At my place of employment, several people are without vehicles, opting to walk or ride the bus.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 06:05 PM   #68
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There are a lot of historic sites within close proximity to each other in the downtown area. Richmond isn't a big tourist town so it wont be as "friendly" as a place like Savannah or Charleston. It will take some effort on your part to find the sites, but they are kind of clustered around the center of the city. A car would make your visit much more enjoyable and if you are coming here for the history, all of the battlefields are a few miles from the city center.

I love to walk. For me it is no big deal to walk from the Capitol to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (for example, it's a must see if you come to Richmond) and back but most Americans would probably like to dive the 5-6 mile round trip.

Like JRQ wrote, it is possible to see everything from walking or taking the bus (except for the battlefields).
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Old December 28th, 2010, 04:25 AM   #69
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With regard to the eight picture on the opening post of this thread -
what building is this? For a long time I thought it was the Governor's Mansion.

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Old December 28th, 2010, 08:33 AM   #70
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With regard to the eight picture on the opening post of this thread -
what building is this? For a long time I thought it was the Governor's Mansion.
That is the beautiful State Capitol building of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson himself in the 1700's. It has a new underground entrance that was completed for in time for the visit of Queen Elizabeth to VA.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 06:41 AM   #71
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Since you mentioned the Governor's Mansion, if you look in the picture right above the one you were asking about (so..in picture 7), I believe you can see the very top of the Gov's Mansion. Its on the far right...just below/in front of the horse (statue) and between two trees.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 04:58 PM   #72
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Traveled to Richmond this year. Walked a lot of it. Honestly all the main attractions are so close. All either in or just outside of downtown. Bus it around and it will take minutes, cab it there and it will be very cheap (and they have the wonderful Echo taxi!) But walking is fine. The city and the Fan and everything near that have SO much to offer, walking is really the best way. Have a great time.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 06:34 AM   #73
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Traveled to Richmond this year. Walked a lot of it. Honestly all the main attractions are so close. All either in or just outside of downtown. Bus it around and it will take minutes, cab it there and it will be very cheap (and they have the wonderful Echo taxi!) But walking is fine. The city and the Fan and everything near that have SO much to offer, walking is really the best way. Have a great time.
Are there any organized tours that provide transportation that can take you from downtown Richmond to the James River plantations -Shirley and Berkeley in particular? I don't want to have to rent a car or hail a taxi if I don't have to.
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Oh not too sure about that mate. Perhaps look up the plantations and see if there's a service? It's possible. Never ventured that far out.
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Old January 7th, 2011, 10:13 PM   #75
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Just decided I'd post some recent Richmond photos... they're all taken from the flood wall on the south side of the James...

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Old January 14th, 2011, 02:33 AM   #76
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I was told when I was there, that the 2010 winter was a killer (SNOW!!) how is this one treating the city?
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Old January 14th, 2011, 02:40 AM   #77
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Old January 14th, 2011, 02:52 AM   #78
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I was told when I was there, that the 2010 winter was a killer (SNOW!!) how is this one treating the city?
Mild in comparison. A few snow falls so far, but nothing as epic as the 2009-2010 season.

However, we have a couple of months to go before we can say we are in the clear. With Richmond's weather, anything is possible.
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Old January 14th, 2011, 05:52 AM   #79
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Richmond looks great, I keep on planning on visiting it, but never do. Are there any interest Civil War museums apart from the Confederate White House in the downtown area?
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Old January 14th, 2011, 06:07 AM   #80
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Richmond looks great, I keep on planning on visiting it, but never do. Are there any interest Civil War museums apart from the Confederate White House in the downtown area?
Quite a few:

Chimborazo Medical Museum
3215 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23223
Its about Civil War Medicine.

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
490 Tredegar St, Richmond VA 23219
Right along the River in downtown Richmond.

Virginia Historical Society
428 N Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220
Not dedicated solely to Civil War, but it has a Civil War exhibit.

Hollywood Cemetery
412 S Cherry St, Richmond VA 23220

Valentine Richmond History Center
1015 E Clay St, Richmond VA 23219
Again, not solely about the Civil War, more about the city of Richmond, but it has a Civil War exhibit.

Confederate Memorial Chapel
2900 Grove Ave, Richmond VA 23221

Canal Walk
On the James Riverfront across Tredegar Street from the American Civil War Center
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