When I saw that this month’s Travel Linkup theme was LOVE, my mind starting whirring straight away with thought of hearts, flowers, the colour red and romance.
And then suddenly, I got it! One of the things that really makes me love a city is colour! Colour is happy, colour is bright and colour is always, always interesting. Colour might come from the houses, the colour of the sea, from street art or from people’s clothes.
So, for today’s theme, I thought I would gather words and photographs about cities that I fell in love with because of the colour!
Where better to start than a city that I live very close to. This is a city which I’ve mentioned so many times on the blog, because it’s amazing! The colour in Valparaíso mainly comes in the form of beautiful street art, in fact the streets are lined with art and colour is to be seen in every direction!
India screams colour to me from the brightly coloured clothes, to the glittering bracelets to prayer flags. But for me, the city that I think of most when I think of colour is that of Jaipur. Jaipur is known as The Pink City as it was painted pink many years ago to celebrate the arrival of King Edward and Queen Victoria, so much of the city still remained pink. I don’t think of pink when I think of Jaipur, but I think of bright and fresh colours.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When I think of my time in Rio back in 2010, I think of colour. I was lucky enough to be in Rio during carnival so the streets are awash with colour. Costumes are made in every colour you can imagine, streets are decorated and painted with colour, flags of all colours fly in the air and of course, the samba shows parade the most colours you can imagine.
Shoreditch, London, UK
Shoreditch is my favourite place to spend a Sunday in London, and is definitely one of the places I miss most from my hometown! Similarly to Valparaiso, Shoreditch brims with colour from street art and murals that hide around every corner.
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
And lastly, I wanted to finish with my most recent destination. The wonderful city of Cartagena de Indias which lies on the Caribbean coast. We have just returned from our honeymoon there where we spent our days wandering the streets admiring all of the colours. Cartagena is just so special because the houses ooze with colour and charm.
Colour really adds to a city and creates the most wonderful atmosphere of vibrancy, charm and cheerfulness.
What makes you really love a city? And, which colourful cities have you visited?