I moved from New Jersey to Richmond, Virginia in 1971. Seriously, the culture shock was significant! I felt like I was in another country. You guys became y'all, people were hard to understand (what's an ink pin? Oh you mean a pen!) and who wants to eat a "congealed"
salad (jello) ?
Differences aside I grew to love Richmond and have lived here happily since then. When I visit NJ now they even say I have a southern accent! But I digress.
Monument Avenue is one of the lovely parts of Richmond. All of the statues are impressive, but this is somewhat influenced by my love of horses! Granted, you will mostly find Confederate generals, but note the wide avenue with well kept medians and stately homes. It's especially lovely at Christmas, when these homes are really decked out in glistening finery and sparkling lights. Portions of Monument Avenue can be appreciated by foot, but you'll have to drive for the overall effect. It's a can't miss attraction when visiting Richmond, although I must admit after a few years I was longing for Gettysburg! After all, the North won, right? LOL.
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