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Once I get started, trips away from home begin at a rapid pace.

Two days following my DC/NOVA trip, I was fired up for a day in Richmond, VA. Merely 60ish miles from home, I attended college in this town — before the magnificent, old brownstones in the fan district were razed for the new, contemporary buildings of today. Fond memories of then — not to be recognized today.

at the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts, I paused to photograph this fine staircase. My weakness is stone of any kind and the steel railings are a nice touch

at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, I paused to photograph this fine staircase. My weakness is stone of any kind and the steel railings are a nice touch

ooooh I like...

ooh I like…I’m a cheap date…

as I strolled room by room, centuries and cultures overwhelmed me

as I strolled room by room, centuries, styles, and cultures overwhelmed me

Tiffany lamps by the dozen...the real deal!

Tiffany lamps by the dozen…the real deal!

posters too

posters too

how about this spot for a snooze?

how about this spot for a snooze?

or this for a garden ornament?

or this for a garden ornament?

a Japanese interpretation of the Blue Ridge Mountains...

a Japanese interpretation of the Blue Ridge Mountains…

and TJ's beloved home Monticello

and TJ’s beloved home Monticello

wild swings now...a Faberge egg...most of the vast collection is on tour in China now...boo!

wild swings now…a Faberge egg…most of the vast collection is on tour in China now…boo!

The House of Fabergé is a jewellery firm founded in 1842 in St. Petersburg, Imperial Russia, by Gustav Faberge. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the largest collections, er, when it’s not on tour…

Whee! Now a Remington grabs my attention! I have always lusted after a bronze...

Whee! Now a Remington grabs my attention! I have always lusted after a bronze…and a cowboy!

This has to be my all time favorite piece on exhibit...a centuries old teapot...perfect!

This has to be my all time favorite piece on exhibit this day…a centuries old lacquered teapot…perfect! I can only dream of the life it has had…

My college pal and I enjoyed a 70 degree, sunny noon-day lunch on the upper terrace at the museum…out of doors — on the first of December, in central Virginia.  What a pleasant way to manufacture vitamin D. And my lump crab cake over fried green tomatoes and hoppin’ John was tasty too.

Back on the road to home by 3 PM, route 64 was a piece of cake, yet Baby 5 gets lousy gas mileage at 70 MPH. She gets 27 MPG while driving around town between 40 and 50. Go figure.

With today’s temperatures in the 40’s and rain all day, needless to say, it was fun putting these two cheerful blogs together for you. Hope you enjoyed the little tours.

Let me hear from you (via comments and likes) and Happy and Safe Holidays to you and yours!! Cheers!

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