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Typical before dinner hanging out at Resto Chapito in Lisbon

So this state-supported circus school in Lisbon is connected to a multi-level restaurant and bar with amazing views of the city and Tuesday night Fado downstairs. Would love to see that business plan, but it works.

The view from our table...

It helps that the food was quite delicious. I’d like to see more of this sort of wackiness that makes sense here in Richmond. It probably isn’t a circus school/restaurant, but let’s see just how creative people want to be.

For starters I’d love to see acrobats strutting their stuff on Brown’s Island or the Canal Walk once a year…and then letting paying folks try out the equipment. The Theatre Alliance in Philly did this this past spring downtown as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. One of my sisters and her two children tried out Fly City and had a blast and no broken bones. Wish I had been there to see it. Does Richmond need a circus school? Maybe or maybe we have enough clowns around here already.

Some weeks lend themselves to getting out and about and appreciating the spring thing. This is not one of them, so I will cheat and throw in photos from a week or two ago when the Cherry Blossoms were in full swing down on Brown’s Island.

Pink Island

The weekday I was wandering around on Brown’s Island and Belle Isle I ran into at least 3 people I knew out taking in the spring splendor in the middle of the day. Playing hookey, perhaps. We couldn’t have picked a better place to do it though in my defense, I was working on a new and exciting route for Real Richmond, my food tours (& more) biz.  I even ran into a gal who had been on the previous week’s food tour of Shockoe Slip. She was there with her Goochland Elementary School’s 4th graders, taking in the Civil War museums at Tredegar and she told me that because our tour had taken her to TJ’s Capitol, she’d asked the bus driver on her school field trip to take the class there for a class picture. Hope they return for the full-fledged visit soon.

Old stuff is cool.

One of the flaws of the very worthwhile Tredegar area is that there is no place to buy snacks or lunch there. There’s space for a small cafe and perhaps one day it will appear, but until then, you will have to be resourceful like I am and either pack your own chocolate chip cookies or do what I won’t tell you you can do because I’m about to launch a new Real Richmond product that will be really fun but I can’t tell you what it involves quite yet. That is mean. Oh well. I’m really very nice and generous on our actual tours–but they’re only 2.5 hours, so that explains that. There are tickets available for this Saturday’s 2-4:30 p.m. tour of The Wards–April 2nd. If you email me at mentioning this blog post, you’ll get a two-for one deal, while supplies last.

I’m back!