■ Between the day and the night, the white and the black, there is a whole spectrum of colors that Nature allows us the privilege to enjoy and comprehend. So is life, it is not just a good or bad incident, but a whole gamut of colorful incidents interspersed within one another, that really give meaning to life.
Humans are a special species with an eye for color, so come lighten up and brighten up your world with a stroll around the most colorful cities in the world with us.
Let's look at locations in Europe -
■ Procida is an island south of Italy, in the Gulf of Naples, and an absolute treasure to behold. Houses in the most vibrant hues are found scattered around this city. The rich and famous, who's-who of the world have their personal villas in Procida. Romance seems ripe in the air with yellow and pink buildings mixed with the green of gardens and orchards.
■ Procida also boats of excavation sites with archaeological discoveries originating in Greece. It is a favorite spot of movie shoot, scenes for The Postman and The Talented Mr. Ripley were shot here.
■ Take a ferry from the harbor of Marina Grande, preferably a three-hour tour around the island and explore different locations along the way. Maybe a good idea to reserve a boat ride to visit all the three harbors of the island - Marina Grande, Marina di Chiaiolello and Marina della Corricella. You will see stunning views of the city, and get a glimpse into the local life.
■ Burano, in Venice portrays a line of color-splashed houses reflecting in the green waters of the channel, right by the Leaning Bell Tower built somewhere around the 17th century. Some houses have balconies or windows with pots of colorful flowers hanging over.
■ The city is famous for the original Burano Lace that the elderly ladies embroider and create. They are also famous for their lume Glass working - a process originating in the nearby Murano. Alongside the channel, you will find shops filled with these glass souvenirs and admirable pieces of glass processing.
■ You get to experience an idyllic setting with local ladies working on their craft, while chatting and laughing, and young children riding around on their bikes, and fisherman pulling up fresh fish from their beautifully decorated black gondolas. There is this undeniable, yet unexplainable calm and tranquility in the environment just like their waters.
■ Copenhagen, the capital city offers you a perfect view of the ancient Nordic and Scandinavian cultures of Northern Europe.
■ It is thought of as the happiest place in the world. They have short working days, more vacation days, free college tuition and therefore, richly enhances chances for personalized interactions.
■ Historically, Copenhagen was a Danish harbor where merchants loaded/ unloaded their goods, and that's where it gets its name from - a merchant's harbor.
■ You can easily experience a strong economy, a well managed public transportation system, exquisite churches and museums, people riding around happily on bikes along its long canals and the unforgettable Danish cuisine.
■ This is the world's northernmost city, near the High Arctic, really a small town of around a couple thousand residents.
■ For many years in the early 1900s, this was a mining town, and home to the families of the workers and officials. Coal mining still exists, but there are other industries now.
■ An interesting fact is that this is a very diverse town, with many people from Thailand, and students from all over the world. Also, English is the most common language spoken here.
■ The North Pole Expedition museum is packed with old documents, publications, newspapers and more related to the subject.
Gamla Stan, Sweden
■ Did you know Stockholm was founded in the 1200s, and that Gamla Stan was where it first started? It is the oldest, largest and best preserved medieval city center of Europe. Gamla Stan is the Old Town.
■ The Old Town is definitely alive with its winding and narrow cobblestone streets, buildings in shades of gold, cellar vaults and frescoes from the Middle Ages even today.
■ Churches, museums abound with rich culture; and yet the Royal Palace with its 600 rooms needs a special mention, with the Royal Armory and the Royal Parade.
■ Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, means “Smoky Bay”. The reason being the huge towers of steam that rose from the numerous hot springs in the area.
■ It is a growing city, with much to do. The art scene is very much alive with beautiful galleries, shows and concertos.
■ Being so close to the bay and having a harbor, fishing is a prominent trade. An interesting activity is whale-watching, and all the regular water activities are at your disposal. Restaurants offer a great many choices, and Reykjavik has a fantastic nightlife with numerous pubs and bars.
■ Do not miss the Northern Lights, there are tours that you can avail of and enjoy the amazing phenomenon.
Now, it's time to explore the continent of South America -
■ The capital city gloats of two very lively and upbeat, very distinct and historic districts with the beautiful St. Anna Bay flowing right through the middle. They are called Punda and Otrobanda.
■ You will see neat, narrow streets, lined on both sides with well arranged shops and museums in Punda. Otrobanda (meaning The Other Side) is completely the opposite with a maze-like design with twisting streets, and it will seem like they deliberately chose to be chaotic as compared to the very organized Punda.
■ An important fact - Its colorful colonial architecture has won and identified the city as a UNESCO Heritage site.
■ Water activities like diving, swimming with the dolphins are popular activities.
■ You cannot deny that old European charm mixed with the Caribbean flair, and the combination creates a unique and unparalleled atmosphere.
La Boca, Argentina
■ This is dubbed the most Instagrammable location in the world.
■ The architecture in Buenos Aires generally is beautiful with an interesting blend of old-school European way and a good dose of Latin American flair. You will see orthodox town square, and modern high-rising skyscrapers.
■ La Boca ( meaning the mouth) is unique with its outrageous and bold color palette, and it was actually the mouth of Buenos Aires. It was the biggest port with all the trading and working class community settling in the 18th going into the 19th centuries. You will see the irregular and shanty houses lining the streets, constructed with sheet metal and wood planks, painted the brightest of colors you could imagine.
■ This pretty and quaint little holiday town offers another vibrant burst of colors everywhere you look. Every single home and building is covered in ornamental band.
■ Local residents and shop owners decorate their home facades in panels that are like frescoes called zocalos, with art patterns covering designs of colorful flowers, to animals, to sweet treats.
■ It is a happy, safe and a friendly place, with good food, great people and even greater views.
■ With a wide variety of color and culture, Salvador in Bahia, is also a UNESCO Heritage site. In the heart of this first city of Brazil, there is the Pelourinho, the postcard of Salvador, with restored pastel-colored buildings filled with shopping centers, information centers, restaurants and bars.
■ For music lovers, do not miss the Olodum band, a traditional Afro-Brazilian group.
■ One of the most architecturally famous places in the world, and offers the most scenic views while you watch the sunset with a drink in hand.
Hope you are looking forward to our next installment of the most colorful cities in the world. In this upcoming post, we will cover North America, Asia and Africa. Coming soon!
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