Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Must Have: A Colorful Vacation Spot .... But First ....

A Programming Note:
After taking the trip up to Washington DC last week to participate in the Keep The Promise March on Washington, now I am headed to that other Washington--in the PNW, The Dog's Mother's neck of the woods--to participate, along with my brother and sister, in celebrating my father's birthday in Sumas. It may not be as vibrant as these spots, but time with my wackadoo family--and I mean that with love--it's bound to be quite colorful
So, while I'm away, play nice, and enjoyed some pre-planned stuff. New posts will appear sometime next Monday.
Now we resume our scheduled blogging, a Must Have, Colorful Vacation spot.....
Riomaggiore, Italy
The eye often wearies of red brick, gray steel and beige stone. For this, the solution is house paint. When an entire neighborhood assumes the colors of the rainbow, even the front gardens pale in comparison. Throughout the world, there are ten particularly stunning towns that resemble freshly opened packages of crayons – offering a respite from our dismal urban surroundings and reminding us that our personal environments need not be so bland.
Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Developed in the mid 17th century, the stunning Dutch-inspired colonial architecture of the capital of the Netherlands Antilles reflects all the colors of a tropical ambiance.
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The most colorful barrio of Argentina's capital, La Boca is a neighborhood settled by Italian immigrants and modeled after the seaside city of Genoa; its architecture, therefore, is strongly European.
Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw, located in the south-west, is Poland's most charming city. The town square dates back to the 12th century, and its 14th century brick Gothic architecture is particularly inspiring. Like most of the country, it has a strong Roman Catholic affiliation. Thus, cathedrals of celebratory hues line the streets.
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

When a town is situated on an island in the icy white Arctic, a little color is much appreciated. The brightly painted homes of Longyearbyen are illuminated by a backdrop of snow-dotted imposing mountains. For an archipelago hostile to the growth of flowers and trees, a colorful town reminds visitors that life still thrives.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

This 17th century waterfront is situated on a picturesque canal; wooden ships sleeping lazily on its gentle waves.
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
Founded in 1554, Guanajuato is a small city with a wealth of Spanish colonial architecture. Translated, its name means “Hill of Frogs,” because frog is the Mexican symbol of wisdom, but the green buildings inject a more obvious meaning.
Lima, Peru
Unlike many of the tourist-driven towns on this list, Lima is very much a working city. Unique in its mixture of poverty, native and imported cultures and varied development, Lima is especially noted for its different architectural styles. Spanish baroque, French neoclassicism and art nouveau buildings make the city an arena of colors and art.
Bryggen, Bergen, Norway
The Bergen waterfront, which locals call Bryggen, meaning wharf or quay, dates back 900 years to the Middle Ages. During this time, Bryggen in Bergen was a thriving port for international trade. Today, the parallel wooden buildings lining the harbor are popular restaurants located adjacent to a fish market.
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Though not multicolored, Jaipur explore shades of pink. Nicknamed the “pink city,” Jaipur, the capital city of the desert state of Rajasthan, features architecture of pink sandstone – from grand structures and forts to tiny markets. The town looks even more surreal with elephants, camels and cows strolling past the pink buildings.
Painting a building a vivid color contributes greatly to the beautification of a town. A colorful facade has the power to turn an ordinary town into one bucolic and charming. If not quite ready to throw a bucket of purple paint on your home, visit these pretty towns and brave seeing the world in brighter color.


the dogs mother said...

Having lived most of my life in WA and BC, Canada I've never heard of Sumas! Went to look it up - wow! talk about outer edges! Have fun!

Wonder Man said...

I would love to see those places

the dogs mother said...

OT-OMG-WTH - ran across Design Stars All Stars tonight. First episode. Why didn't they promo this during DS7?
Sparkle Josh in on it. And Hilari somehow morfed into a veteran right after her season ended.

Miss Lisa said...

Beautiful photos. Hooray for color!