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. Hey, this is on my bucket list! I came across a picture of Neale’s Yard last year and thought it looked intriguing and just the other week, I was telling my parents all about it. Is there a best time to visit it? I’ve been holding off until the summer but is it really colourful all year round? x


    1. The colors are year-round (since they’re on the walls and windows). I love London in the summer (though that never guarantees warm and sunny weather!), but wandering in Covent Garden and Neal’s Yard is lovely any time of year.

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  2. I love London. I’ve sadly not been as often as I’d like to and I haven’t been fortunate enough to find my way to this glorious place – but its definitely on the list for next time. For me, its Carvoeiro in the Algarve. I am home there. If only I could live there or bottle the feeling it gives me.


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