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Camden Lock Road Sign

Camden Lock Road Sign

It’s hard to resist having a snack once you get to Camden Market. There are so many wonderful choices and many different countries represented. The only problem is deciding on which one to choose. I originally was going to go with the Ala Turko Kebabs:

Ala Turko Kebabs

Ala Turko Kebabs

but then I saw the plantains at Mama’s Jamaican Jerk and couldn’t resist. Turns out the Veggie Wrap was delicious with just the right amount of spices to make it hot but not painful. If you like it really spicy, you can request a dash of their hot sauce.

Mama's Jerk Station

Mama’s Jerk Station

Logan chose the freshly made vegetarian sushi. I so wanted to taste it but didn’t think it would go with my spicy meal.

Sushi Made Fresh

Sushi Made Fresh

John had the pulled pork and thought it was very tasty:

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

Not only did we each have delicious food, we were thoroughly entertained by people-watching as well as boat watching.

Photo Shoot in Progress at Camden Market

Photo Shoot in Progress at Camden Market

Lock Broken ~ Boat Backing Up

Lock Broken ~ Boat Backing Up

Original Keystone of the Old Bridge (circa 1815)

Original Keystone of the Old Bridge (circa 1815)

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Bridge Arch Along the Canal

On Sunday, we decided to continue along the Regents Canal trail ~ this time heading for Camden Market. I’ve been to Camden Market before (click here) but instead of taking the bus, we walked through Regents Park and along the canal. Regents Park fields were full of the big boys playing Football whereas on Saturday it’s the kids’ leagues on the field. Another example of active and fit Londoners.

 

Blow Up Bridge

Blow Up Bridge

There’s a story behind every bridge and the “Blow-Up” bridge was blown up in 1874 by the boat “Tilbury” which was carrying gunpowder. It demolished the bridge when it exploded, killing three people. When the bridge was rebuilt, the pillars were turned so the smooth side faced out for the boats towing ropes. You can see the ropes groves on both sides of the pillars.

Here’s a bit of what we saw along the way to Camden Market:

Floating Restaurant on Regents Canal

Floating Restaurant on Regents Canal

The blue sky came out for a hot minute:

Church and Directional Signs along Regents Canal

Church and Directional Signs along Regents Canal

Church Window

Church Window

Manor Works Along the Canal

Manor Works Along the Canal

Cow on Balcony of Canal House

Cow on Balcony of Canal House

Ducks on a Sinking Boat

Ducks on a Sinking Boat

Boat Landing for the Zoo

Boat Landing for the Zoo

Along Regents Canal near Camden Market

Pirate Castle near Camden Market

Pirate Castle near Camden Market

Bridge Over the Canal

Bridge Over the Canal

Camden Lock

Camden Lock

We enjoyed the beautiful day and I plan to walk through Regents Park frequently throughout spring and summer. The flowers are just starting to bloom and I can tell it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous in a few short weeks. Time to get the allergy medicine ready!

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Took a wonderful early morning four mile walk today. It was a little chilly cold but not raining so I’m not complaining. We started out at the Paddington Basin of the Regents Canal near Edgware Road and walked towards Little Venice ~ an especially tranquil and pretty part of London.

Near Edgeware Road and Paddington Train Station.

Paddington Basin ~ Blue Cylinder Footbridge

We came across the realistic looking “commuter” statue:

JP with Commuter

JP with Commuter

Regents Canal is beautiful year round ~ even on a cold, grey winter’s day. The cloudy morning seemed to make any type of color pop and I especially liked the vibrant blue bridges as a contrast to the grey weather.

Little Venice ~ Blue Bridge

Little Venice ~ Blue Bridge

Little Venice Blue Bridge II

Little Venice Blue Bridge II

Little Venice ~ Along the Canal

Little Venice ~ Along the Canal

Skull on Canal Boat

Skull on Canal Boat

Lionhardt Canal Boat

Lionheart Canal Boat

Another Blue Bridge Along the Canal

Another Blue Bridge Along the Canal

There was a definite chill in the air but I noticed a few hints of spring along the way. Gave me hope that warmer weather is on its way.

Another Hint of Spring ~ Daffodils

Hint of Spring ~ Daffodils

Here are my duck and dog photos:

Bird in Water

Bird in Water

Birds in the Canal

Bird in the Canal

Five Guys and a Girl

Five Guys and a Girl

Double Dating Ducks

Double Dating Ducks

A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog

Another Boy and His Dog

Another Boy and His Dog

Shaggy Dog

Shaggy Dog

London has a lot of fit people. No matter what time of day or night I go out, I see walkers, runners or cyclists. Although I’m usually reluctant about taking photos of people, I’ve noticed athletes don’t seem to have a problem with me taking their photo. Can’t blame them for wanting to show off their fit bodies. One woman ran by me and actually asked if I wanted her in the photo. She was ready to pose.

Runners, Cyclists and Walkers along Regents Canal

Runners, Cyclists and Walkers along Regents Canal

Cyclist Along the Canal

Cyclist Along the Canal

Waiting at the Stop Light

Waiting at the Stop Light

Wonder if any of those runners/cyclists rewarded themselves with a pastry from Le Pain de Quotidien like I did!

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