Monday, June 7, 2010

Little Venice


Just north of Paddington, where the Grand Union and Regents Canals meet, is a lovely oasis of waterways and residences called Little Venice.


An enjoyable way to spend a sunny afternoon is to stroll up and down the canals on the tow path, or to take a leisurely boat ride. You feel like you are miles from the congestion of London. In either direction from the Little Venice area, you can walk for a mile or more.


The canals are home to waterside cafes and pubs which beckon you to stop for a bit of refreshment along the way.


The area, first named "Little Venice" by Robert Browning, includes an exclusive residential area of 10 tree lined streets with white stucco houses, each 5 or 6 stories high. These properties remain highly desirable by some homeowners with big pockets. 


Others have chosen to live a simpler lifestyle, though not a life one would consider inexpensive. Houseboats line the canals--some moored for a long stay, and others a bit more temporary.


Houseboat living brings new meaning to the term Baby on Board. What do you think--would this be the life for you?

2 comments:

  1. AH, London. Always so full of surprises. Hope you aren't sweltering in the Texas heat.

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  2. That looks very pleasant indeed for an afternoon ride through the canal. Would I like that for an abode? Even though it's on the water, I am thinking that I would feel a little claustrophobic.

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