Knife + Pen

The Canals

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Every city has an underbelly.  Usually these seem interesting but grimy, picture New York’s mole people living in a moldy underground oasis. Although I am sure, London has its fair share of ancient muck holes; the canals running East to West are a beautiful historical transportation landmark.

coffe kiosk

Making a beeline through London, waterways previously used to transport goods and people now are home to small entrepreneurial cafes, swans, dogs on walks and of course, house boats.

house boats meet

I imagine growing up in a houseboat is a similar experience to growing up in a boxcar, not a lot of privacy, hippie names abound and the bathroom is a learning experience. However, on the outside these little floating cocoons seem to be the most romantic escapes from city living that ever existed.

Angel, a borough of London, is home to one of the most spectacular parts of the canal, although slightly gritty in spots, bike shops have opened up, alongside small restaurants and day drinking abounds (bums and non-bums alike). On a sunny afternoon there is no better place to be.

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  1. Ooo, I wish I was there walking with you! Looks lovely!

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