Thursday, May 18, 2006

Byrd Park

Byrd Park's Fountain Lake is a great place to rent paddleboats or watch the fireworks in July. Just two blocks from my house it's also a great place to go for a walk--or dry your clothes.

Posted by mea at 9:16 PM 63 Observations

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

An American Afternoon

It's a shame the middle of this picture is a bit washed out, but this is a typical afternoon in my neighborhood: people walking their dogs and chatting up wide sidewalks of tree-lined streets. Nope, you don't have to remind me why I love Richmond!

Posted by mea at 9:22 PM 5 Observations

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Two Roads Diverged

Heading west, here you are on the I-195/The Downtown Expressway reaching a critical question: Southside or West End? It does of course mean you're leaving the best part of Richmond (in my opinion): The Fan.

The road that leads you to the Southside is the Powhite Parkway, which brings about an interesting controversy. Apparently, in a a move towards political correctness started by the First Market Bank and the Ukrops family (virtual royalty and another subject for another day) launched a 2001 ad campaign declaring the pronunciation to be "Pow-hite": pow like in the word "powder". But Richmonders are stubborn. The only people you'll hear say "Pow-hite" are the traffic reporters-- 99% of Richmonders will tell you that it's pronounced "Po-white" and make the politically incorrect inference that you will.

Posted by mea at 9:17 PM 7 Observations

Monday, May 15, 2006

Starlite Cafe

Just across the street from Avalon is the Starlite Cafe. It was recently remodeled adding these cool windows to the front porch. This is where my mom had her best Mother's Day Brunch ever (according to her), even though it turns into quite the bar in the evenings.

Posted by mea at 11:13 PM 41 Observations

Friday, May 12, 2006

Do "Yamin" It, Richmond?

Richmond is absolutely crazy for its very first American Idol, Elliott Yamin! Yesterday, Fox flew Elliott back into town to visit family and spread some hometown love. He was on the radio yesterday morning then yesterday afternoon they lead a parade up the Boulevard from the Carillon to the Diamond where he sang the anthem and threw out the game's first pitch.

It was very amusing to see all of these fans lining the street. The guy in the yellow shirt next to the gold sign kept leading the crowd in different cheers: "Give me an E, Give me an L..." It was great to see my city act like a small town!

Posted by mea at 10:40 PM 9 Observations

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Clothes for Sale?

In Byrd Park yesterday I came across an interesting collection of items and no owner. At first I couldn't figure out if there was a man with no shirt on and twelve or so bare feet, but eventually a homeless man came out of the shade trees over on the left and asked me what time it was. I can only assume that he was trying to sell these items--although I'm not quite sure--maybe they just needed a little bit of sunshine.

Posted by mea at 10:02 PM 12 Observations

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Avalon

Take a guess as to what this might be? Boutique? Second-hand shop? I really like the reflection in the window because it gives a perfect sense of the neighborhood atmosphere that surrounds the Fan District (my favorite part of Richmond--although I might be a bit prejudiced). Don't they do great window vignettes? They added that during renovations a few years ago.

Oh, still curious? It's actually a great little restaurant and bar right down the street from Black Swan books.

Posted by mea at 5:18 PM 8 Observations