Hollywood Cemetery and The Canals

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Every now and then, Erik's mom and stepdad, Cynthia and John, come spend a weekend with us at our house. They don't live too far away, they're in Bristow, VA. But it's just far enough away that we don't see them as often as we like. So it's nice to have a couple days where there's nothing else going on, we can just hang out and catch up. The other nice thing about being hosts is that it gives us a good reason to go do something fun! Erik and I often fall into "lazy weekends" where we can hang around the house all day and be perfectly happy. There's nothing wrong with it and I especially enjoy it if I've had a lot of back to back wedding weekends. But sometimes you should go DO things on the weekend, adventure around a little bit.

If you read this post a little while ago, you know I've been itching to explore more of Richmond lately. So we did!

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First stop, Sine. Always a winner.

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We decided to take a tour of the canal. I've walked along the canal many times, but had never done the boat tour. Honestly, I thought it would show you more of the canal than it did, but the guide knew a lot and shared a lot of history with us. Richmond. We love our history.

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Erik, as thrilled as ever.

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Views from the water on the canal tour.

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Then we headed to Hollywood Cemetery. We debated a few places, but I think everyone was just kind of curious about this cemetery/tourist destination.

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I can see why people say you should visit. It's definitely a one of a kind cemetery. Very beautiful. Very old. And yet, we saw new tombstones, too. I don't know. It was peaceful and pretty and words can't really describe it.

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President John Tyler.

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I didn't take a picture of it, but at one point we encountered a "Stuart" (naturally) grave where there were pebbles and pennies on the top of it. I was very proud of my Scottish knowledge from Outlander that I recognized that as a Scottish tradition... though in Googling just now, apparently Jewish people do it as well. I'm still going to go with Scottish since it was a Stuart after all.

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This part of the day was kind of creepy. We were walking along "mausoleum row," passing lots of gray, somber looking structures, when I saw this white one surrounded by flowers. Someone had obviously wanted theirs to look a little more cheerful and beautiful and I said if my mom had a mausoleum it would be that one. And then when we got closer, we saw the name was "Robins" (my mom's name is Robin). DUN DUN DUNNNN. We thought it was cool at the time...

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The mausoleum on the left is Lewis Ginter's. I thought that was kind of cool.

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Erik commented that for being "Hollywood Cemetery" there weren't many famous people (like celebrities, instead of historical figures). But it's called Hollywood Cemetery because of the Holly trees, so Cynthia enjoyed pointing out all the Holly trees for the rest of the trip ;)

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It was totally lovely and I definitely recommend it if you have time to walk slowly and enjoy the quiet.