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Old City Hall, an architectural landmark in Richmond, Virginia

Old City Hall, an architectural landmark in Richmond, Virginia

— I’ve reduced my social media footprint considerably over the past several years, but I do occasionally post photos on Instagram. It makes my wife happy, for some reason. Most photos I post on Instagram have already been published here on this blog, but once in a while I find an exception. For example, this morning I posted this photo of Old City Hall in Richmond, Virginia. Old City Hall, built in postbellum Richmond in a Gothic Revival style, is a historic landmark on several important lists, like National Historic Landmarks.
Virginia State Capitol

Virginia State Capitol

— Our recent trip to Richmond wasn’t just about French films. We also spent some time sightseeing and making an additional French connection. Here we’re on the lawn of the Virginia State Capitol, which was a short walk from our hotel. The seat of Virginia’s legislature, the building was designed by Thomas Jefferson, who modeled it after the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, France. The wings on the left and right were added later and now house the Senate and House of Delegates chambers.
Brief encounter with Marianne Denicourt at the French Film Festival reception

Brief encounter with Marianne Denicourt at the French Film Festival reception

— We attended the reception for the French Film Festival this evening, which afforded us an opportunity, if we so chose, to rub elbows not only with other attendees but also with the delegation of French filmmakers, actors, and technicians who participated here in Richmond. Out of the blue, of all the people present, a notable French actress walked up to Kathryn and asked her to watch her bag. In French. At which point, Kathryn froze like a deer caught in the headlights.
The end of a great first full day in Richmond

The end of a great first full day in Richmond

— We’re ​just finishing up a great first full day in Richmond. We slept in this morning and had a late breakfast at the hotel. Kathryn went for a more traditional breakfast of pancakes and eggs, while I switched things up and had sauteed shrimp and grits. Lunch was at a restaurant that our Uber driver called the “Korean Chipotle,” which was a rather fitting description of the place. We then saw three very different films at the French Film Festival; I’ll try to describe them briefly in posts later.
Au nom de ma fille

Au nom de ma fille

— Although it didn’t start until after 10 pm, we made it through our first film at the French Film Festival yesterday, Au nom de ma fille. Since film titles are not always translated literally, this film has been called either In Her Name or Kalinka in English, the latter being the victim’s first name. It was a good film for our start to the festival. The film is based on the true story of a Frenchman trying to seek justice for the rape and murder of his daughter.
Maison Carrée in Nîmes on a beautiful, clear day

Maison Carrée in Nîmes on a beautiful, clear day

— I took this picture of the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, France, in 2004, during my late-summer European tour. As you can see, it was a beautiful, clear day when I visited Nîmes. Maison Carrée, Nîmes, France I lived in Richmond, Virginia, for many years. One of my favorite evening walks in the city included a stroll by the Virginia State Capitol building, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson and modeled after the Maison Carrée in Nîmes.
Richmond, Virginia: Splurge at the Jefferson Hotel

Richmond, Virginia: Splurge at the Jefferson Hotel

— I don’t often splurge on hotels. It just seems like a poor use of my travel budget. As long as a room is reasonably clean, reasonably located, and reasonably priced, I’m happy. It’s rare that I spend more than $100 a night for a room in all but the world’s most expensive cities. In the United States, the major three-star chains are more than adequate. My plan for our recent trip to Virginia was to spend three nights at a Doubletree near the airport in Richmond.