Exploring new cities is always pleasant for a traveler. When, however, these cities look like they spring from a colorful painting, exploring becomes even more interesting. Countries from around the world, from Chile to South Africa host cities definitely “open” the eye. Let’s meet some.
The Burano island is located north of Italy, in the lagoon of Venice and its colors are so intense that look from afar. According to local traditions, local fishermen started to paint their houses in bright colors, in shades of orange, red, yellow and purple, so as to distinguish them when they fish in the fog, to be able to turn back. Plus, this practice became binding by the law and if someone wants to paint the house, should ask permission and paint it with a specific color.
Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
The colorful buildings of Bo-Kaar seems to stand out enough from the most traditional of Cape Town manufactures. This historic Muslim neighborhood, where Muslim temples, houses and buildings make up a fancy kaleidoscope in shades of pink, green, purple, blue etc. Although the neighborhood is one of the city’s oldest, with roots in the 16th century, people started relatively recently to transform their homes, reflecting the end of apartheid.
The dazzling colors that adorn the capital of the Caribbean island of Curacao have also their own history. According to local tradition, back in 1800, the governor of the Dutch colony who decided that white color … cause headaches. So with resolution set by the painting of houses in any color other than white. Today, this colorful town is perfectly preserved and is a dot in the
The Blue City of India is located in the western state of Rajasthan and is a colorful reminder of the class system of India. In the past, the Brahmins, ie the high society, painted their houses in the royal shade of blue, to differentiate themselves from the lower classes. Plus, many believe that the color is popular for various reasons such as tradition, maintaining freshness, defense against termites etc. The most important, however, is that the blue color is beautiful and different.
La Boca, Buenos Aires
The Caminito is the famous city street on the banks of the Riachuelo river, and as if this neighborhood has an eccentric connotation, the explanation of this is much more practical. The houses were built from waste material yard and stained with the color that left and was available. This “live” square today, illuminates the working neighborhood and has staged a tourist destination for visitors from around the world.
In the central Cuban province, Sancti Spritus, the buildings of the 16th century, the city of Trinidad reflect the natural environment, in tones of green nature, ocean blue and yellow of the sun, sometimes all tangled together in the same building. This colorful area is located also in the Unesco list.
The city is a cultural hub of Chile (the poet Pablo Neruda once lived there) and the creative spirit of its inhabitants unfolds through their vivid color tones on the walls and the various frescoes. Street artists have contributed also throughout this colorful result, who have transformed the streets in an outdoor gallery.
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