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Favorite Place

This week, share an image of your happy place, a secret spot you love, or a faraway location you return to again and again.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Do you have a favorite bench in your neighborhood? A secret spot that you seek every now and then to reflect or reset? A viewpoint overlooking your favorite town that you climb to whenever you visit? A location in a faraway city that brings you joy? We all have connections to these kinds of places: places of solitude, of refuge, of wonder. For me, one of these places is Neal’s Yard, a little plaza tucked away from the crowds of busy Covent Garden in Central London, England.

No matter how often I visit London to see family and friends, I always seem to find my way back to this colorful spot, often on my own. And even though I’ve taken this exact photo from this very angle so many times over the past two decades, I still take it on each visit. The shops and businesses have changed over the years — I remember getting one of my first piercings here — but these days I’m content with ordering a slice of pizza at Homeslice or coffee at 26 Grains and sitting quietly on one of the benches, gazing up at the painted walls and windows.

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  1. There’s more to our quiet, tree-covered town nestled in the valley that meet the eye. Its charms remain hidden because it’s referred to as a bedroom community where most people live to sleep and commute to work elsewhere.

    Whenever I feel the need to unwind, I go to the nearby regional park about 45-minutes walk from my place.

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  3. Marvelous! I count Covent Garden among my very favourite places but my wanderings of London never wound their way through Neal’s Yard. Hopefully, some future adventure will take me there and I’ll be able to add it to the list. =)

    My own favourite place is the spectacular drive between my Vancouver home and the outdoor recreational playground of Whistler. The first half of the Sea to Sky Highway hugs the steep shoreline of Howe Sound. Few highways match the beauty, often enhanced by moody weather. It also makes for a great place to contemplate life, the universe and everything.

    I’ve posted a couple entries featuring photographs taken on one particularly moody day from a little point at Britannia Beach.

    https://pixtowords.com/2018/03/24/yet-i-remain/
    https://pixtowords.com/2018/03/24/grace-which-offers-hope/

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  4. Marvelous! I count Covent Garden among my very favourite places but my wanderings of London never wound their way through Neal’s Yard. Hopefully, some future adventure will take me there and I’ll be able to add it to the list. =)

    My own favourite place is the spectacular drive between my Vancouver home and the outdoor recreational playground of Whistler. The first half of the Sea to Sky Highway hugs the steep shoreline of Howe Sound. Few highways match the beauty, often enhanced by moody weather. It also makes for a great place to contemplate life, the universe and everything.

    I’ve posted a couple entries featuring photographs taken on one particularly moody day from a little point at Britannia Beach. Here’s the first:

    https://pixtowords.com/2018/03/24/grace-which-offers-hope/

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  5. This is a fantastic idea. No matter how many times you view something from the same angle each encounter can offer new memories, meaning, and/or perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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