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Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road

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Ever since I got back from Spain, I've been missing that raw richness of unabashed colour that assaulted and overhwelmed my senses there. To make matters worse, London is associated with 'grey' more often than with any other colour. Then I remembered Portobello Road. For nothing screams colour in London than this famous curving street lined with Victorian terraces, antiques dealers and funky boutiques. Set in the heart of Notting Hill (yes, the setting for that film), this street is an antique bargain hunter's delight. I did not visit on a Market Saturday, but I still came away with ample colour therapy to last me a while - along with a healthy dose of serendipity.


Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
My blues and your reds - or vice versa?





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
Purple shoes against a purple wall. And blues to match.





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
Yellow above, yellow below. Colour me sunshine!





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
No honey, it's a blue awning.





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
Mauve. Candy purple. Muted Pink. Wait, what is that colour called?





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
Colour me Blue, I'm Lost in You





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
Merge into me





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road
Electric, electric blue






Colour and Serendipity in Portobello Road
Paint the town red as you go along...





Or take your pick!

Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road






Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road





Colour and Serendipity on Portobello Road


All in an afternoon's work. Serendipity will find you, if you only know where to look!

More eccentricities from Portobello coming up - in my last London post to come for a while...



7 comments so far:

photographyandpolitics said...

Great post, I'd forgotten just how colourful Portobello Road really is. Before I lived in London, everytime I would visit with my parents we would start by visiting Portobello - usually on a market day. Great atmosphere in that part of the city

Chailey said...

Great colours, great architecture and nice and clean. Looks as though you brough the Spanish weather back with you as well.

Mike Dougan said...

How appropriate, Electric presents "The Hangover"!!

Lots of colour but if you want a grey city visit Aberdeen!

Flaneurbanite said...

photographyandpolitics: Thanks! Glad you like it:) I love this street, the colour, the quaint houses, the profusion of Vespa scooters and bikes - it almost doesn't feel like London!


Chailey: Great colours indeed! I certainly did bring the Spanish sun back with me - clicked for one hour in what weather.com said was 22 degrees (felt like a LOT more. I was soaked in sweat and a sight (not) to behold when I met up with a friend thereafter. But the colour-coincidences I spotted made it all worthwhile:)


Mike Dougan: Well spotted! Thanks for visiting:)

Erinn said...

Mike and his hangovers... I have to admit, that my only references to Portobello Road come through music like The Clash and Sex Pistols. Given that somewhat gloomy picture of England they sometimes painted, I did not expect it to be such a colourful place. I guess in general, the image us colonials have of England is that of a grey, rainy place, with lots of nice, but uncolourful buildings. Glad to see another side of it!

cookie_crumbles said...

Wonderful photo-walking...
Spanish kaleidoscope!
Loving all the brilliant hues!! :)

Flaneurbanite said...

Erinn: Glad to be able to make you see London in another light! Not that your mental image was flawed - for the most part, London is very grey in colour.


cookie_crumbles: Thank you! This was in London but I guess you mean the colours remind you of the Spanish posts? :)

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