Little Venice

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially in New England.

It is the season of crisp air, clear skies, and colorful foliage.

I was back in the US at the end of October for a brief visit that took me from Connecticut to Chicago to Boston to Providence to New York in 4 days.  In between boarding planes, trains, and automobiles, I tried to bask in the Fall scenery.  I figured it was my last chance to enjoy it since I usually get cheated in London.

Not so this year.

The weather has been truly spectacular…I can’t believe I am using that adjective and actually meaning it!  We had two perfect “10” days in a row this past week that were indeed clear, crisp, and colorful.  I grabbed my camera and walked a few minutes down the hill to Maida Vale to photograph the “hidden gem” known as Little Venice.

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Located in a square mile just north of Paddington where the Grand Union Canal meets the Regent’s Canal, this area is wonderfully off the beaten path.  When the Grand Union Canal was opened in 1820, the area was home to artists, writers, and prostitutes. Today, Little Venice is a bit more genteel; a picturesque upscale neighborhood of tree-lined paths, stucco homes, and colorful houseboats.

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Many people still live on the canals in barges.  I found evidence of a buddha in residence on one of the boat’s prows.

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I was drawn to the resplendent  Warwick Avenue Bridge with its bright blue hue that literally glows on sunny days.

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Stopping for lunch at a waterfront cafe, I noticed that there was a bit of Fall foliage to admire; though the motley houseboats provide most of the color along the canal.

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As I walked home, another blast of color caught my eye: a bright pink car creatively parked along the street, breaking up the monotonous blues and grays of the surrounding vehicles.

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A little further up the hill, I came upon the candy-striped houses that line Hamilton Terrace.

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London offers something visually appealing at every turn.

I’ll take my bright blue bridge, kaleidoscope boats, bubblegum pink car, and zebra striped houses. 

They are are not a bad substitute for the flourish of foliage in New England.

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