In Love with My Hometown of Richmond, Virginia

When I was in the US this summer traveling around, I was was most excited to visit my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. You see, in Europe, I have to tell people I am from “near Washington D.C.”.  No one knows of Richmond. It gives me great joy when those rare conversations happen where that person says, “Where near Washington D.C.?”

While I have immense pride for my hometown, I don’t know my hometown.  I only realized how little I knew of the place when we arrived there July 27 and tried to drive around the city..  I felt mildly embarrassed.  I wanted to cry.  How could I live in a place for fourteen years and know nothing about it?  Except that it is pretty in the fall, unbearably hot in the summers, and packed with more history than I can even wrap my head around?

A little background…I moved to an area south of Richmond when I was in grade school.  I spent my many years living there traveling around the US for sports.  I did travel the Richmond area frequently as a child… but it wasn’t to city parks and historical monuments.  It was to gyms for basketball games.  Or the mall.  Shoot… I could name every single high school and middle school in the greater Richmond area.  And of course I could name every mall or shopping street.  But that was it.  I knew nothing of the city I claimed I left a large piece of my heart in.

I didn’t have a lot of days, but, with a GPS in hand and a little internet research, I toured my ‘city’.  I saw the many monuments of Presidents and prominent historical figures.  I saw beautiful Maymont Park.  I walked around the new(er) Canal District.  I saw parts of the city that I didn’t even know existed.  I don’t know if I had dug deep enough into Richmond’s culture, music, and food scene, but there is always a next time as long as my parents and friends are still residing there.  I just couldn’t leave the place.  No really… I extended our stay a few extra days.

And guess what?  I fell in love with my hometown all over again.  Except this time I knew what I fell in love with.

University of Richmond campus

Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia in summer

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia downtown

Bottoms Up pizza in Richmond, Virginia

train station in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Street art and coolness in Richmond, Virginia

17th street Farmer's Market in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia downtown

Richmond, Virginia's Carytown neighborhood

If you’re planning a visit to Virginia’s capital city (which you should be!), be sure to check out this site before you go.

Growing up in Richmond, Virginia I never had a true appreciate for how amazing of a city it is.  I finally have taken the time to properly tour my hometown and can proudly say that I am in love with Richmond.

Do you know your hometown and where you come from?

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Comments (32)

It is a beautiful town. Now you made me to want to travel there :)

Thanks Kata! You and I can go visit there together ;) I know you’d love it!

First of all, I love your new site! It looks great! These pictures from Richmond are beautiful. I was born and raised on the East Coast (Rochester, NY) and then moved to Las Vegas in high school…but the East Coast really just has my heart. I love learning about Rochester and other places throughout NY, even though I don’t live there any more!

thank you so much! east coast will always hold my heart too! there is just something special about seasons, big cities (but being close to the countryside), and the amount of stuff to do. i like that within a 5 hour drive i can drive to 6 HUGE US cities ;)

You got your new site up!!! YAY! It looks great Megan!
And confession, I always took my hometowns for granted too and never knew much about them.

thanks so much sarah! still a lot of work on previous posts and getting them formatted correctly…but im happy with it so far!!! :)

Beautiful pictures of your hometown, Megan!! I hope to visit one day!!!

xoxoxo

thanks so much! if you’re ever in the area you definitely must check it out!

Wow, it’s all new here now! And I love it. The images come across much better now. And hey, I know where Richmond is! But I’ve never been… :)

thank you! i spent countless hours getting this site ready so that means a lot!

and im impressed you know where richmond is! when i first moved here and attempted to explain, it drained me. so i just would say washington dc to people…and DC is like 1.5 hours-2 hours away! i caught myself saying DC when i was back in the US and then id correct myself being relieved that people knew of richmond there!

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