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As remarked, the weather was extraordinary – unparalleled in my experience of visiting the city since the 1970s.  Perfect warmth without humidity.  An exquisitely clear, cloudless sky.  The leaves just starting their turn.  And a fall light that added richness to every landscape, natural and built.

Gold leaf, of course, helps.

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Statue

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This is what happens when an angular light gives depth and subtlety to a few very grand and well-placed trees

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The city is on the whole greener than you’d think from reputation and cliche – likely the consequence of several decades of planting, maintaining and not killing off through wear and tear enough street trees so that some can survive long enough to become grand.