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Want to Have Romantic Time in Paris? Here is the Solution

Night In ParisTraveling is the need of everyone. When we feel so bored with our condition, we commonly want to have something for our refreshing time. For instance, when we have the leisure time for a while, we can use it for the traveling time. If you really enjoy the traveling time, I believe that you will have the best time to refresh your mind. There will be many places that you can visit for your own traveling time.

Before you decide to have the traveling time, the most important point is that you need to decide where you want to have the traveling time. Deciding the place for the destination is the most important one since it will determine everything. Let’s say we decide to go to Europe. When we decide to visit Europe, we need to determine also where countries that will become our destination. If you really want to visit Europe, make sure France will be one of your destinations.

If you visit and spend your time in Paris, there will be many interesting places that you can visit. Of course, this country has so many incredible places to visit in. But if you only feel so lonely or you only spend your traveling time alone, you do not need to be worried. In this romantic city, you can have best partner for your holiday. You can have the special lady with you and you can feel the romantic time in Paris. If you want, you can contact escort Paris and you will have the best and the special lady for your partner during your time in Paris. You will never feel so lonely again in this romantic and great country. Enjoy your time in Paris and you will feel the great time in this beloved place. Good luck and happy traveling!

Summer Vacation Destinations for Couples

A summer vacation demands adventure and excitement, doesn’t they? Here are some summer vacation destinations for couples that will help you experience adventure and excitement together!
Summers! The sun! Time to hit the beach! Isn’t that precisely what we all look forward to? All of us have different definitions for adventure and relaxation. While some like to explore new places, some want to visit their favorite destination one more time. This summer, do something unique, something you haven’t done before. Zero in on a place you haven’t been to. The destinations mentioned below are the most visited destinations globally. They are the perfect summer destinations for couples and families too. If you both want to indulge in some beautiful experiences and also have a good time together, these are the perfect summer holiday spots for you. This year, make your summer vacation a bit more exciting than just having some fun at the beach. This article will take you through some of the most exotic summer destinations around the world, and also tell you what they offer!

Best Summer Destinations for Couples

Sail to The Caribbean
This is one option that will always top the list of summer vacation destinations for couples. Sailing to the Caribbean is always a good option for a holiday for couple. The reason for this is the variety in the islands and the number of islands, too. Some of the islands you can choose from are Puerto Rico, Barbados and Dominica. When at Puerto Rico, make sure you visit the rain forest of El Junque and while at Dominica, visit Champagne for sighting some volcanic fissures. If you like racing, how about racing on the Caribbean waters? You can experience yacht racing this summer in St. Maarten. You can also plan to visit more than one island if you have the time and the money. Apart from all this, scuba diving, snorkeling and submarine boat rides are a common phenomenon on almost all the Caribbean islands.

Indulge in Indian Therapies
India, the land of mystic cultures and traditions is a guaranteed success. There are amazing natural therapies you can indulge in, in this country, for absolute relaxation and mental peace. One such famous technique is the Vippasanna technique which involves meditation, dieting and detoxification methods. It is offered in many cities across the country, but the one in the northern regions of Himalayas is exceptionally famous.

The massages with natural oils in the state of Kerala are also world famous, and tourists come and visit this state from all over the world. Two such therapies are Kati Vasti and Shirodhara. If this is not your idea of a summer holiday, visit the beaches of Goa, a state in the southern hemisphere of the country.

Awesome Australian Adventure
Your first stop in this country should be the city of Sydney but your pockets need to be heavy too, as this ranks 16th in the list of most expensive cities globally. Sydney will give you the feeling of the Victorian era and will yet, make you experience some world-class contemporary architecture. You will also be able to visit the 2nd oldest park in the world called the Royal National Park. After a day or two here, head straight for the cruises near the Great Barrier Reef. Internationally the biggest marine park, this is one place you must visit before you die. It is an altogether different experience to snorkel among these huge reefs. Next, head for the outback. Here, you will see some wild fauna in their natural habitat. Considered as one of the most wildest areas of the world, this will be a memorable experience for the both of you!

Bask in the Brazilian Sun
If you want to have beaches as a part of your summer holiday, then the beaches of Brazil are the best, for couples seeking something different. Have you ever heard of a river beach? No? Try the Alter do Chao beach right in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. The combination of a beach, a jungle and the river is hard to find, isn’t it? Another exotic beach in Brazil is the Praia do Toque which again, you just can’t afford to miss. All you need to do is check out the images of this one on the Internet to believe me. The Taipus de Fora on the Marau peninsula is another great option here. This peninsula is situated in Bahia, which itself has a 620 plus miles coastline. Some other beaches you should consider here are Caraiva (Bahia), Arpoador (Rio de Janeiro), Lopes Mendes, Bonete and Praia da Fazenda. Apart from these beaches, you will be experiencing some tantalizing food and great culture as well.

Go Gazing in Guatemala
Yet another option, amongst all the romantic summer vacation destinations for couples is Guatemala. One of the most famous countries in Central America, it is fast becoming one of the best summer destinations for USA citizens. Though there are many destinations here you can visit during the summers, let’s start from the beaches. One of the beautiful beaches here is Monterrico, its specialty being that it is a black-sand beach. Other two pleasant and quiet beaches are Tilapa and Champerico. Another must visit destination is the Tikal Maya Ruins which are visited by many tourists, throughout the year. The Cerro de la Cruz is another such spot. The outdoor street markets are another attraction here with the ones in Calle Santander and Chichicastenango topping the list. Another place you just can’t miss is Semuc Champey, which has beautiful turquoise pools, in a stepped manner. These water beds aren’t easy to access but are mesmerizing nonetheless.

Romance in Italy
Romancing in Italy is what all couples wish for, at least once in their lifetime. Cities like Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan are considered beautiful honeymoon destinations all over the world. Make Rome your first destination for this trip and don’t forget to visit the Colosseum and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain, to assure your return. In Florence, visit the Boboli gardens and spend some quality time with each other. Milan is another city that should be a must visit on your list. Here you can visit the St. Ambrose Basilica and the Duomo of Milan. Tourism is one of the main sectors in these cities, which tells us that we won’t be disappointed. Visit Tuscany for some of the best vineyards and for some quality wine picking. Last but not the least, visit Naples and have some pizza.

Travel the Lands of Turkey
Now again, this country would offer you everything from small paradise islands, world-class architecture to some scenic landscapes. If you both are born travelers, this destination should be your first choice. Let’s start with the islands again. Marmara, Uzunada and Tenedos are Turkish islands in the Mediterranean that are good summer destinations for couples. We often don’t hear of a library (apart from that of U.S. Congress) being world famous, do we? But in Turkey, the Celsus Library in Ephesus will surprise you for sure. Two more places worth visiting are Selimiye Mosque in Edine and the famous Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. This bridge, for those who don’t know, connects Europe and Asia. If you like visiting Mosques and religious sites, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne is a must visit. Before all this, go visit the legendary walls of Troy!

Love in Tokyo – Japan
Surprisingly, Japan isn’t considered very common amongst the summer destinations for couples, isn’t it? However, this is one country that would take you to another part of the world and keep you entertained throughout your vacation. Tokyo, the capital city should be your first stop, only to check out the way it has been built. It has been awarded, till now, the highest number of Michelin stars by the Michelin Guide. Next, stop at Kyoto. Once here, visit the Katsura river and you would know why I’m saying this holiday would be worth it. You can also visit Fushimi Inari-taisha, the head shrine. For some fun, you can check out the Iwatayama monkey park too. Next, head to Osaka. The 8th most expensive city globally, this might just be a little heavy on your pocket. The wholesale and retail shops (50,000 + in number) here, would take up your entire holiday time. Japanese cuisines is again, something you would love!

These were some of the most beautiful places in the world that you can visit this summer. If you are confused as to which place to finalize, ask your partner for her/his opinion. Though summer vacation destinations for couples aren’t always excluded spots, you can think of that option too. Specially, if you love the quiet. Also check with the finances so you know what holidays you can afford and the ones that you can’t. Let the mountains, sea and the sun treat you some fantastic experiences this year! Hope, you have a good time with your loved one. Happy Journey!

Plan a Budget Vacation to Tokyo

Vacation to TokyoPlacing the words ‘Tokyo’ and ‘cheap’ together seem to be a perfect example of an antithesis. Let us, however, tell you that doing Tokyo on the cheap is possible. Read through this article to know how you can plan an affordable vacation to the Japanese capital.

One of the most dynamic cities in the world, with over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is a sheer delight to see. Not that it is among the world’s most beautiful cities, but it definitely strikes a chord with its subtle balance between the past and the present. Take a stroll in any direction, and you are sure to stumble upon something most unusual and weird―something that you never knew existed. And yet, you will find the Japanese people being passionate about it, speaking of it with an intense sense of belonging.

In fact, the Japanese are passionate about everything, from their traditions and culture to all things new. And this is precisely the reason why the Japanese capital comes across as a complete package―a classic example of ‘old meets new’. Plus, the warm and ever-helping nature of the Japanese people will urge you to extend your stay, and make you regret if you don’t.

Tokyo on a Budget

It is a well-known fact that Tokyo is expensive. In fact, according to the recent Business Insider survey (2014), Tokyo has been ranked as the 19th most expensive city in the world after Melbourne, Australia. Owing to this, it is but obvious that a vacation to the Japanese capital will make you shed a lot of bucks; however, those traveling on a tight budget, need not be disappointed. I brings to you some useful tips to help you plan a vacation to the capital of the shōgun without having to burn a hole in your wallet. Here’s how.

When to Go

◆ As with most cities of the world, Tokyo’s high season and low season depend largely on its weather.

◆ Most tourists opt to travel to the city either during spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). During these two seasons, the weather is very favorable―pleasant, warm days and of course, beautiful cherry blossoms and dramatic foliage all around.

◆ However, this is also the season when most accommodations around the city are full, and very expensive as well.

◆ Winter (December to February) and summer (June to August) comprise the city’s off-seasons.

◆ In winter, temperatures often drop below the freezing point, and summer is very hot and humid. Moreover, the city experiences torrential rains around late-June, and August is still worse.

◆ While these seasons witness a much less tourist influx, these are great times to be in the city for budget travelers (if you are ready to face the adversities of the weather, that is).

◆ You will not only be able to escape the crowds, but also get the best possible bargains on accommodations, and maybe even crack an affordable last-minute deal.

Where to Stay

◆ As a form of budget accommodation, the concept of capsule hotels is very famous in Tokyo (and in the other Japanese cities). These are low-budget lodgings, made of modular plastic and/or fiberglass blocks in the form of small capsules, placed one above the other. Each of these capsules can accommodate only one person at a time, and are equipped with basic amenities like a sleeping mattress and a small television set.

◆ It, however, needs to be noted that capsule hotels lack basic safety standards, and are mostly men-only, but few also accommodate females. On the contrary, hostels often prove to be cheaper and more comfortable places to stay, even if they mean compromising a bit on one’s privacy.

◆ While hostels located in and near the city center and popular spots can be a bit pricey, look for those located on the outskirts instead. These will offer you the same kind of facilities at lower prices.

◆ For those planning to spend a majority of their time within the city center, opt to stay near it, in order to save money and time on transportation, which is also on the expensive side in Tokyo.

◆ Budget travelers, looking for a homely atmosphere may also opt for a hospitality exchange. You get to stay with a local family for free, and there are also ample opportunities to meet and interact with the other locals. Hospitality exchange is particularly popular with youngsters, traveling on frugal means.

How to Get Around

◆ By far, the cheapest way to get around Tokyo (or any city, for that matter) is by foot. It is lovely walking around the city―take any random lane, and you can discover some of the most unexpected, yet exciting things about the city. And, it is needless to say that strolling is free-of-cost.

◆ Another good option to travel around Tokyo on the cheap is to rent a bike. Cheap bike rentals are available in different parts of Tokyo and its suburbs, and they are very convenient, in that you can plan your own custom biking tour across the city.

◆ The Tokyo Subway System, the city’s extensive network of underground rail routes, is also a pretty inexpensive mode of transport, by Tokyo standards. However, you are charged according to distance so, the longer the distance, the pricier will be your ticket price. But they are tourist-friendly, in that there are a lot of signboards and announcements in English language. Nonetheless, there are some cons as well. These trains are very crowded, especially during peak hours, so much so that the crowds may deter you from getting onto one of them. Moreover, each of these metro stations closes down at about 1am and starts operating at about 5am in the morning so, time your travel so that you do not get stranded; isolated stations can be unsafe.

◆ Buses are also cheap, but if you do not have basic knowledge of Japanese, it may get extremely difficult for you to navigate. Especially, communicating with the bus conductor gets very tough, as more often than not, he will not know English or any other foreign tongue. Plus, like trains, even buses are crowded, but they are well-connected and can take you to literally any corner of the city.

◆ Unless extremely necessary, never ever go for hiring a taxi. Taxis in Tokyo are indeed very expensive, so much so that a single taxi ride can completely destroy your budget.

Where to Eat/Drink

◆ Eateries and restaurants located in downtown Tokyo and in the city’s popular parts tilt towards the expensive side. For a wholesome budget meal, head to one of the blue-collar areas of the city such as Ueno or Ikebukuro.

◆ Areas with large populations of youngsters and students, like Yoyogi and Harajuku, are also good places to find food on the cheap. You will find numerous fast-food joints in these areas, alongside several cheap restaurants, offering full, good quality meals.

◆ The conveyor belt sushi restaurants are located in several parts of the city, wherein you can choose your own sushi from the conveyor belt. These are often busy, owing to their inexpensiveness and fast service, but you will get some really tasty meals in there.

◆ A good number of Japanese curry houses, fast-food, and ramen shops are spread across the city, even in the city center, from where you can buy small, but filling budget meals.

◆ Tokyo is famous for its street food, which offers delicious local flavors at affordable prices. Budget travelers can also buy packaged meals from grocery stores, which cost much less than restaurants.

◆ While in Tokyo, you cannot ignore the numerous vending machines, found in large numbers, everywhere around the city. These coin-operated machines sell hot beverages, juices, sodas, cans of beer, apart from typical Japanese meals (curry and rice) and ready-to-eat soups.

What to See/Do

Tokyo
In the clockwise direction, starting from top-left―Rainbow Bridge, Minato, Tokyo; Tokyo Imperial Palace, Chiyoda, Tokyo; Tokyo cityscape with illuminated Tokyo Tower; Yoyogi Park, Shibuya, Tokyo.

◆ While most attractions in Tokyo charge an admission fee, the good news is that there are several cheap and free things to see and do in and around the city. As mentioned before, a free stroll can give you an insight into some of the most fascinating aspects of the city and its culture. But, there is more!

◆ Most shrines, temples, and palaces of Tokyo do not have an entry fee. This also includes, apart from the other attractions, the Tokyo Imperial Palace, which may be accessed free if you plan to take a self-guided stroll, rather than a guided tour.

◆ Moreover, the Sensō-ji temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, can also be accessed without any charge by all the visitors. There is a 200-meter-long shopping street in front of the temple gate, which has several O-mikuji (fortunes written on strips of paper) stalls, visited by a good number of tourists. You can also try out your luck here!

◆ Furthermore, the fourth-largest urban park in Tokyo, the Yoyogi Park, is also a free attraction. It is a great place for a quick morning jog and to listen to live performances by street musicians.

◆ Another great place to be, especially if you are a fish lover, is the Tsukiji fish market. It is located very close to the Tsukiji train station, and so is an easy walk up there. Every morning, at about 5 a.m., there is a tuna auction held here, which is quite an interesting experience. Though you can visit the auction for free, remember that they let a limited number of tourists in each day, and so, you have to reach the spot really early. However, if you miss out on the auction, you can still roam around the market, and gorge on some delicious sushi and sashimi for breakfast.

◆ Harajuku boasts of a very lively shopping and entertainment scene. There are a lot of specialty stores around the area from where you can buy items such as books, electronics, and souvenirs for cheap. Apart from these, Tokyo also has a good number of open-air antique and flea markets operating on the weekends near major shrines.

Other Money-saving Tips

◆ Bowling alleys and cinemas in Tokyo tend to be on the expensive side. Instead, head to the Sony Building in the city’s Ginza ward, and indulge yourself in some free console games.

◆ Most cinemas and museums in Tokyo offer discounted rates for students, seniors, and children. Keep looking for such offers to save money.

◆ If you are planning to city-hop from Tokyo, purchase the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) well in advance before you leave home. It is meant for long-distance train travel, and can be used only by foreign tourists. It comes with the validity of 7, 14, and 21 consecutive days, and is not available for sale in Japan.

Though people always find it oxymoronic to spend a budget vacation in Tokyo, it is possible to do the city on the cheap. Planning ahead and wisely is the key, and one of the most expensive cities in the world can turn out to be an affordable package. So, if you thought that Tokyo probably wouldn’t fit into your budget, it’s time you think again, and get going to one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

Famous Beaches in Los Angeles

Los Angeles BeachLos Angeles is famous for more than its longstanding association with Hollywood. Read on, to know more about its fantastic beaches, which are a huge draw for tourists the world over.

Los Angeles is a popular travel destination for tourists from all over the world. What attracts visitors to this enchanting city is not just the beguiling cityscape and fascinating skyline, but the natural endowment of stunning beaches all around it. It has all sorts of beaches; wave-filled exciting beaches for the surfer, beaches for the (non-pervert) people watcher, and tranquil beaches for the whole family.

Here’s a primer on having a beach vacation in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Beach Guide

California is the best known summer destination in the U.S., and Los Angeles, the second most populous city in the country, lies at the very heart of it. Due to its coastal location, LA experiences sunny, 80-degree weather all year round. From Malibu to Santa Monica, here is a list of the best of Los Angeles’ seaside hotspots.

Bringing your pets along is generally not allowed on these beaches. Camping, having a barbecue on the beaches, and alcohol consumption is also not allowed. Parking on these beaches usually requires a payment of USD 5-10 (except for the privately owned Paradise Cove, which charges USD 25). The public beaches are open at all times, though the seaside facilities maintain variable and disparate schedule. Restrooms are available on all beaches except El Matador, which is not run by the state. For details about particular beaches, you can call the Los Angeles County Lifeguard at 310/457-9701.

NOTE: This article enlists beaches situated in the entire Greater Los Angeles Area, rather than just the city proper. A point to remember is that Malibu is a smoking-free area.

Manhattan Beach
Santa Monica Beach
Surfrider Beach
Zuma Beach
El Matador Beach
Laguna Beach
Paradise Cove
Venice Beach

Manhattan Beach
Address: 400-500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Distance from Downtown LA: 20 miles
One of the most famous beaches on America’s western seaboard, Manhattan Beach is a versatile beach, catering to almost every demand. It has beach revelers in their hordes, it offers excellent surfing opportunities, with the pier and El Porto being among the popular spots, and there are volleyball courts strewn about. The nearby seafood restaurants are also famously good. It also houses the Roundhouse Aquarium on its pier. Apart from its beaches, the city of Manhattan Beach also has numerous public parks; the Polliwog Park is the most popular.

Santa Monica
Address: 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Distance from Downtown LA: 16 miles
This two-mile long stretch of glorious sand is probably the most famous beach in LA. Its length allows for bike rides, volleyball games, or long, leisurely strolls on the soft sand. Its pier houses a small amusement park, and various activities are popular on the beach, including outdoor chess and beach gymnastics.

Surfrider Beach
Address: 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Distance from Downtown LA: 26 miles
This awesome beach in Malibu is famous―obviously―for the fascinating surfing opportunities it offers. When the surfing bug strikes, there is no better beach at scratching that itch than Surfrider. Even if you are not into surfing, the general ambiance and upbeat mood of the place is infectious, and warrants a visit.

Zuma Beach
Address: 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Distance from Downtown LA: 36 miles
Situated close to Surfrider Beach, Zuma is a complete mirror image of its bustling neighbor. It is renowned as a relaxing retreat. The waves here are not large enough to attract surfers. It also has a few volleyball courts, but its USP is undoubtedly the beautifully blue waters and the soft, inviting sands. Perfect for a family outing!

El Matador Beach
Address: 32100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Distance from Downtown LA: 39 miles
Situated about 6 miles north of Malibu, this secluded beach is perfect for a personal or romantic getaway. Its isolation and relative lack of fame means that there are no lifeguards, so be careful if you want to go for a swim. It is the perfect place to catch your breath away from the hectic LA life, or to steal a sweet moment or two alone with your special someone.

Laguna Beach
Address (Victoria Beach): Victoria Dr & Sunset Ter, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Distance from Downtown LA: 50 miles
The city of Laguna Beach is well-known as a seaside resort. However, apart from its unarguably fantastic beaches, headed by Victoria Beach, it also offers something for the art lover, thanks to its Art Museum. It is also home to the Pageant of the Masters, a festival including recreations of famous works of art by live performers.

Paradise Cove
Address: 28128 PCH Malibu, CA 90263
Distance from Downtown LA: 34 miles
This private beach can be crowded and is expensive, but there’s a reason why it is so popular―it’s fantastic! A definite must-visit for a dip in the ocean (surfboards are not allowed), followed by a lovely seafood lunch. Book a ‘cabana’ if you have large groups; these large gazebos can house up to 30 people, and can be rented at less than almost USD 400 per day. However, BBQs or pets are not allowed, but catering is available.

Venice Beach
Address: 3100-2700 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Distance from Downtown LA: 17 miles
Complete with ‘canals’, this namesake of the hugely popular Italian city makes up for what it lacks in antique charm with a fantastic boardwalk at the banks of the Pacific. Bodybuilders, guitarists, jugglers, and various other street performers abound on this boardwalk, which is a scene that must be experienced in order to be understood. Even for someone who hates seas, just watching the sheer variety of performers and spectators can be a fun experience.

These were some of the best beaches in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The city may have gained repute due to its connection with Hollywood, but its natural beauty and scenic beaches hold a different cast altogether. Spare a lot of time in your Californian vacation for Los Angeles’ beaches, and do not forget to pack beach wear!

Most ‘Colorful’ Cities Around the World

From vibrant, candy-colored hues to calm, soothing blues, the streets of some cities in the world burst with different colors as you take a walk through them. Check out this article in which we have enlisted some of the most colorful places in the world. Looking at them will make you want to escape your dull surroundings, pack your bags, and head to one of them!
You might recognize the town of Juzcar in Spain from the Hollywood movie, Smurfs. It was a whitewashed town until it was painted Smurf-blue for its promotion in 2011. Looking at the increasing number of tourists, the locals refused the production house who had offered to re-paint the town.
Imagine a city or the whole world in just one color, say white or gray. Wouldn’t it be boring to see everything in just white or gray? Everything would seem dull and monotonous. That is the reason why all of us need some color in life so that you can lead a colorful life. Colors are beautiful and they are present wherever you look. They make our life lively and of course, colorful. Have you ever imagined living in city that is filled with charming and stunning colors? Imagine walking through a street with rainbow-colored houses and buildings on both sides of the road. Quite a treat to the eyes, isn’t it?
Yes, there do exist such colorful cities in the world. And the people living there do know how to turn a dull city into a vibrant beauty. Some of them are a result of ancient tradition and others as modern-day beautification. So, join us on the journey as we explore all the colorful places on this planet. We bet you can’t help but go awestruck every time you land in one! Check out the list below.
World’s Most Vibrant Cities
Cinque Terre, Italy
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre in Italy is a collection of five villages namely, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, that are situated on a mountain by the seaside. In fact, Cinque Terre in Italian means ‘The Five Lands’.The city looks as if someone has painted it in beautiful pastel colors. From soft, pastel pinks and peaches to light green and pale yellows, you’ll find all types of colors on houses that make up this city. The ‘oh, so blue’ water of the ocean and different colors of boats by the harbor and houses gives this city a completely different and fresh feel.
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city of San Juan, which is also the capital of Puerto Rico displays an amazing mosaic of colors all around the city along with some vibrant nightlife. Even the streets of this city are blue in color because the blue bricks were shipped over from Spain during the 16th century. You’ll also notice that no two shades are repeated in this neighborhood. The city’s original name was Puerto Rico, but the name was changed to San Juan by a confused cartographer.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Covered in an amazing blend of lime greens, yellows, blues, oranges, and pinks, this small hub in Cape Town in South Africa is located on Signal Hill. It is also known for its romantic cobble-stoned streets. It was earlier known as Malay Quarter because of a group of Southeast Asian and Muslim immigrants who settled there and painted their houses in different colors to celebrate the end of racial discrimination.
Burano Island, Italy
This Venetian island in Italy is known for two things―lacework and brightly-colored houses along canals and streets. Imagine sailing through them in boats. Fun, isn’t it? However, there is a protocol maintained by the government that is to be followed before anyone wants to get their house or buildings painted. They are supposed to send a request to the authorities, which in turn assign an appropriate color for them from the available colors. So much for a colorful house!
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of the most popular attractions of Argentina, La Boca is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It is known for its vibrant street art and colorful houses, and also the world-famous football club Boca Juniors. This neighborhood was constructed using scrap materials from a shipyard nearby along with the leftover paints, that resulted in this visual treat. This street art and colorful houses are spread across the city of Buenos Aires as well.
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Located in the western state of Rajasthan in India, this “Blue City” is a popular tourist destination, consisting of many temples, forts, palaces, rich culture, and of course, sand dunes and a desert that is a little away from the city. It is called Blue City because of the blue-colored houses that surround the famous Mehrangarh Fort. It is said that the trend was started by the royalty who painted their houses in royal blue color so that they could be distinguished from the common people. Soon enough, it was followed by the locals too. If others are to be asked about the theory behind it, some would say that it is to keep the insides of the houses in this sun-kissed city, calm and cool, while others would say that it was to ward off the mosquitoes. It is located next to the Thar Desert, which explains why it is also called the “Sun City”. Whatever the reason may be, this city is definitely not one to be missed out on!
Wroclaw, Poland
One of the largest cities of Poland, Wroclaw has had a fair share of its turbulent past. Apart from the rich architecture, it is also known for its magnificently colorful houses that adds a new liveliness to the city, making it the most attractive parts of the city. It is a city with a blend of all the colors, bright and pastel both. It is dotted with a number of classic bridges, restaurants, and cafes. Do not miss out on this whenever you happen to be in this part of the planet.
St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
St. Johns, located on the island of Newfoundland in Canada, is undoubtedly the most colorful city there. The Jellybean row sports a vibrant array of colors and were painted in such a way that the ship captains could easily spot their houses from the sea. A bright color of their choice was assigned for their homes, which resulted in a polychromatic row of houses.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Popular as the best city for solo travel, Amsterdam in Netherlands is undoubtedly the most beautiful and colorful cities that has been there since the Middle Ages. Complimenting the wonderful colors of the buildings is the medieval architecture that gives it a classic look. Moreover, the lively nightlife there will make sure your visit to this place is even more colorful and fun.
Guanajuato, Mexico
Guanajuato is the most colorful city in Mexico. Now a World Heritage Site, it has also been a provider of the world’s 30% silver for about 250 years because of the silver mines present there. Apart from this, it is also known for its colonial architecture and colorful houses and buildings that are spread across the whole city.
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
This 17th century district in Copenhagen Denmark is host to some colorful facades of old houses and buildings that were built with wood, bricks, and plaster, and it spans a large area of the city. It is also famous for harbor-facing bars and restaurants that offer a cozy and warm atmosphere.
Procida, Italy
This tiny island in Italy is filled with candy-colored houses, mostly orange and yellows, that provide an excellent backdrop against the bright blue Mediterranean Sea. The waterfront is backed by the colorful houses that makes it the most beautiful spot on the island. It seems as though someone has dug out the whole paintbox to create this soulful blend of bright and pastel-hued dwellings.
Stockholm, Sweden
The capital city of Sweden, Stockholm, is a combination of bright and terracotta-colored buildings that are surrounded by blue water below and a blue sky above. Not to forget the white snow in winter! Isn’t it an amazing blend of colors? Make sure you don’t miss out on this colorful place.
Colmar, France
Also known as “The Little Venice”, Colmar is a beautiful little town in France with a number of canals surrounded by vibrant houses. You can’t help but notice this colorful architecture here. The brightly-colored homes, waterfront, and cheery flowers along the canals give this town a fairytale-like setting. It is a lovely place for photography lovers as well as ones who love to explore.
Willemstad, Curacao, Caribbean
This Dutch-influenced city is located in the southern Caribbean, and is also the capital of Curacao. The most attractive feature of this city is the colorful houses that are situated along the harbor. The theory behind the colorful houses is that the then governor used to suffer from severe migraines because of the reflection of the sun off the whitewashed walls. Therefore, he ordered the walls of the city to be painted in different colors. Don’t know if that helped him with the migraine or not!
Hope these colorful houses have inspired you to paint the walls of your houses or buildings too, or to pack your bags and go wandering into these colorful cities! And if you’ve already been to one, do let us know about your experience in our comments section.