Cherry Blossoms at Vancouver’s Garry Point Park – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 8th, 2019

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Weather forecast in Vancouver this week is either rainy or cloudy. Yesterday, however, was exceptional. It was bright and sunny with a bearable chill. So where did I go? I wasted no time but visited the Garry Point Park. Going there took me an hour and a half but it was worth a trip to the edge of Richmond.

The cherry blossoms at Garry Point Park was the main attraction why visitors go there at this time of the here. The cherry trees didn’t disappoint every instagrammers, camwhores and posers! Good thing though, there was enough space for a few cherry blossom pilgrims.

Without much ado, I present you – the lovely cherry blossoms! Be it publicly known that no petals and branches were separated from their mother tree. 😉 If you see me touching branches, I can assure you that its all for the love of photography. 😀

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Richmond for Foodies – Passport Magazine

Author: , September 8th, 2017

Richmond for Foodies

The camera eats first!” insisted the alpha-teen at the table next to me when a waitress arrived and lifted the lid from a bamboo basket of steaming shrimp dumplings, confettied with fragrant green snippets of chive.

Forty fiercely painted fingernails reluctantly reversed direction and withdrew as their queen bee moved her iPhone to catch just the right angle, sliding water glasses and cutlery out of view to frame the impend- ing tastiness just-so. “Come on,” com- plained one of her gaggle, “I’m hungry!”

Richmond, British Columbia, on Lulu Island, is the only place in the world where the visitors’ bureau has officially adapted “The camera eats first” as a tourism slogan, urging locals and out-of-towners alike to flood blogs and social media with mouthwatering imagery.

Success was pretty much guaranteed from the get-go. With the largest Asian population in North America and over 800 restaurants, Richmond provides easy access to a world of alluring, sometimes unfamiliar foods for American travelers without the time, budget, or adventurous- ness to manage trans-pacific travel.

Many gay travelers have been to Richmond without even knowing it. If you’ve ever flown into Vancouver, one of Canada’s most popular LGBT destinations, you actually landed in Richmond, where the “Vancouver” International Airport is located. Just a 30-minute car or public train ride from central Vancouver, its a must-do on any Vancity vacation. And if you’re a culinary adventurer, Richmond easily merits a dedicated long weekend trip of its own. Richmond is ready for its close-up, Mr. Delicious.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport

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To Richmond, With Love

Author: , February 18th, 2015

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My belle, you had me at hello. I first visited Virginia’s capital in 1989, for a whirlwind weekend wedding that was mostly a blur, save the beguiling sense, once back in New York, of having just been seduced.

Originally ancient Powhatan Native American land along the James River discovered by English explorer Christopher Newport in 1607 and named by Virginia colonialist William Byrd II in 1737 for its river-bend likeness to London’s Richmond-on-Thames–the city positively pulses with history.

Vibrant is Hollywood Cemetery, where a 90-foot-high granite pyramid memorializes the 18,000 Confederate enlistees buried there. Stirring, too, are reenactments of Patrick Henry’s 1775 Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech at historic St. John’s Church.

By Jeff Heilman – Full Story at Passport | Virginia Gay Travel Resources

Richmond, Virginia Exudes Historic Charm

Author: , February 5th, 2015

Richmond, Virginia - Andrew DavisHow things have changed.

The slogan “Virginia is for lovers” has been in use as the slogan of the state since 1969. However, given its conservative background, Virginia was seen as excluding some couples–most recently, members of the LGBT community.

However, same-sex marriage has been legal in the Southern state since last October, following a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to refuse to hear an appeal of a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision.

I recently took a trip to Virginia’s capital, Richmond. I hadn’t been there in a quarter-century ( since graduating from a local college ), so I expected some change. However, in some ways, this Richmnd is nothing like the capital of old–down to its culinary scene, which has some establishments that could rival the restaurants in various U.S. metropolises, including Chicago.

By Andrew Davis – Full Story at the Windy City Times | Virginia Gay Travel Resources

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Richmond on the Gay Side

Author: , October 10th, 2014
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The city that once served as the the Capital of the Confederacy and is now the state capital of Virginia has flirted with “the gay thing” in the past but last month, Richmond officially announced that it is gay. At least in regards to attracting more LGBT visitors. Commonly referred to by locals as RVA, Richmond earlier this month launched OutRVA, a marketing campaign designed to “show people Richmond’s strong LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination for LGBT travelers.” One of the most visible aspects of the campaign are advertisements in LGBT publications in the form of coming out letters from Richmond, including Metro Weekly.

“We’ve always been close. Like ‘109 miles on I-95’ close. There’s something I need to tell you, though. Something that I’ve known for a while that you might not have picked up on. I know you’ve been busy running the country and everything. So here it is. I’m gay. Love, Richmond” reads one of the ads specifically designed for the Washington, D.C. market.

“For many LGBT people, coming out letters are the way they communicate their identity to friends and loved ones,” says Katherine O’Donnell, Vice President of Community Relations for Richmond Region Tourism. “We thought coming out letters would be a great way for us, as a destination, to share that Richmond is a welcoming place for LGBT travelers. Learning that Richmond is a LGBT-friendly destination might be a surprise. The letters offer a personal and powerful way for the Richmond area to communicate this.”

By Troy Petenbrick – Full Story at Metro Weekly | Virginia Gay Travel Resources

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Five Free Things to Do in Richmond, Virginia

Author: , October 14th, 2013

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With terrain varying from the mountains to the coast, Virginia offers an array of fall colors for leaf-peepers. But before or after your drive along one of the state’s many scenic byways, consider a fix of Southern city living with a visit to the state capital, Richmond. Located along Interstate 95, it’s an easy stopping-off point. And whether you like the outdoors, art or history, there’s plenty to do here – and you don’t have to spend a dime.


Find out why Outside magazine readers voted Richmond the nation’s most livable river town in 2012 by taking in the scenic James River. Canal Walk runs more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) through downtown Richmond along the river and the banks of the city’s canals, with monuments and exhibits along the way highlighting Richmond history.

With various access points around the city, Canal Walk eventually leads to Brown’s Island, a popular venue for concerts and festivals located between the canals and the river. It has a series of walking trails and bridges, including one that takes you to the middle of the river. Just steps away, a pedestrian bridge suspended under the Lee Bridge takes visitors over the river to Belle Isle, where you’ll find locals exploring the 54-acre (29-hectare) island and resting on its rocky shores.

Authored By Michael Felberbaum – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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VA: Hundreds Attend Richmond Gay Pride

Author: , September 26th, 2011

Richmond Gay PrideMembers of Virginia’s LGBT community know that the state’s motto, “Virginia is for Lovers,” does not apply to them. Virginia does not recognize sexual orientation or gender identity as a protected class, and it formally bans any recognition of same-sex unions — including those that are legal in other states.

Despite the state’s anti-gay efforts — or, in some cases because of it — hundreds of gays as well as their family members and allies attended Saturday’s state PrideFest 2011.

The festival was held in Kanawha Plaza, a downtown Richmond park, just a short walk from the state Capitol building.

Full Story from the Examiner

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