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The city of Providence, Rhode Island, isn't on the vacation radar of most Americans, let alone the rest of the world. For the past 50 years or so, it's generally been viewed as being on a slow decline. It has fewer than 200,000 people, less than a third of Boston, which is only an hour to the northeast. While Boston has experienced a major renaissance over the past two decades, Providence still has a lot of lost ground to make up.

But I'm reliably told that things are moving in the right direction these days. I really like Providence. It has some of the most beautiful and varied architecture of any city I've seen. The canal and Waterplace Park in particular are lovely, as is College Hill, the location of Brown University and one of the most charming neighborhoods in any city I've ever seen in the US.

This is the classic view from Waterplace Park looking towards the former Bank of America building, an Art Deco beauty that's currently vacant (with renovation plans, fortunately). It's also known locally as the "Superman Building," due to its resemblance to the Daily Planet building in the Superman comics.

I've got business in Boston this week, so I took advantage of it to visit my sister and her husband in Providence this weekend. This is my first trip using my new 6D, and I love it.

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