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?
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SO MANY COLOURS! And what gorgeous, bright photos you have of all the places you’ve visited. The street art definitely livens a place up doesn’t it? I love the street art in Melbourne and in Newtown, Sydney when I lived in Australia. It added a splash of colour to what would’ve been probably a boring wall!
Thank you!! Street art is amazing, I just love to discover it, especially when by surprise! That sounds great, I haven’t been to Australia so it’s great to hear about it 🙂 and I totally know what you mean about art transforming boring walls!!
What a lovely post! I think discovering colour in a city makes me fall in love with it more.
Thank you Erin! I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 Colour is so wonderful at doing that, it’s the best thing to discover!
Beautiful post and perfect addition to the linkup for this month. I love all the gorgeous colours that you have found on your travels 🙂
Thank you Jessi! I loved this theme as it really got me thinking of something 🙂
Such a creative take on this topic! But I totally agree – it’s one of the reasons I want to visit Marrakesh and Barcelona! I especially love the colors from your trip to Chile. So incredibly bright and cheerful.
Thank you Jaime! I’d love to go to Marrakesh too, the colours would be amazing as would all of the tastes and scents 🙂 I actually live in Santiago, Chile so Valparaiso is a close 1.5hr bus ride for me, which is just great 🙂
I’m usually after beautiful architecture when visiting a city! I find Santorini very colorful (starting from a destination near me). As for other cities I would say that NYC Chinatown is very colorful as is Greenwich village and SoHo (mostly from the stores, flowers etc and not so much the buildings).
Ohh, architecture is a good one! 🙂 The fresh colours of Santorini look incredible, it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to visit one day!
Wow! That’s really woken up my retinas! I have to say carnival looks totally insane, but the parade looks like so much fun. I’d most like to visit Cartagena de Indias, because those houses with all the plants are gorgeous!
Carnival is indeed insane, but in the best way possible! It’s a non-stop party for about a week with lots of the street parties starting as early as 7am! I can’t recommend Cartagena de Indias enough, it is seriously incredible 🙂
Wow, what vibrant places. I’d always envisioned India that way, but never stopped to consider Colombia quite the same way.
I think India is often associated with colour and vibrancy, which is definitely what I think of it! And I would love love love to see more of Colombia, as I have heard so many great things about lots of other places there!
This post, with its vibrant colors, really brightened up a gray winter day in NYC for me! I especially loved your photos of street art! I too adore Shoreditch, and your pictures of Valparíso make me sure I would love that city as well!
Thanks you Sara! I’m glad that it bought some colour to winter 🙂 I remember our shared love for Shoreditch, it’s such a great place to wander!!
Marcella, we are on the same boat. I love colorful cities too. I think one of my main goals is to visit cities with historic, colorful centers. I have been to Puebla, Oaxaca, Panama’s Casco Antiguo, San Juan and other small towns famous because of their saturated hues. From the cities you present in here, I have being to Rio de Janeiro. I still have a lot of super colorful places to visit!
Yay for colourful cities!! These all sound great, I’d love to visit them all 🙂
Wow you’ve been to a few similar places to me! Love the memories of Colombia and Chile that your photos bring back to me! India looks incredible, haven’t quite had the guts to go there yet! For me I think Argentina was super colourful too, actually even as you pass through each country in Africa and South America I loved noticing the colours and plants/landscapes change. Great topic!
I agree about Argetina, especially la boca and actually lots of areas in Buenos Aires, which is one of my favourite cities!! 🙂 I love noticing colour, it’s so special!
So many gorgeous colors! I love colorful houses, they can make me fall instantly for a place:) The street art in Valparaíso is so beautiful!
Thanks Kiki! Valparaiso stole my heart, and I’m so lucky to live so close to it!!
What incredible colours, and such beautiful photos – I love all the bright shades and you’re right, it’s something which makes me love a city too. Or even just an area like Bo Kaap in Cape Town. Cartagena looks stunning. #mondayescapes
Thank you!! I haven’t heard of Bo Kaap, but I’ll check it out now online 🙂 Cartagena was the most amazing place, I loved it so much!
Hi Marcella! I found your blog through the link up! Your colorful photos made me so happy on this gray winter morning I am having here in the US. India is on my bucket list, and your photos have my dying to go even more. I lived in Hawaii for two years and what I loved most about it was how green it was all year long .The mountains in every shade of green, combined with the blue/turquoise waters that always seemed to be changing, and the gorgeous sunsets of every single color combined to make Hawaii an ever-changing canvas. I loved it so much. Now that I am living someplace a little more dull, I really appreciate colors and how they tell the story of a place, how they set the tone for the culture. Beautiful post!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I know what you mean as the UK is often so grey too! I now find myself admiring colours more here in Santiago de Chile because it’s so much brighter. And wow, I can only imagine that the colours in Hawaii are amazing, it must have been a fantastic place to live! 🙂
Valparaíso!! I will never get bored of looking at the beautiful street and pictures from Valpo. All your pictures from Jaipur are just conforming that I need to make it to India ASAP. As always, gorgeous pics 😉 xx
Thank you!! I would love to go to India again, it is so amazing, the colours are wow 🙂
Such amazing photos!! I’m not surprised that you picked colours haha you seem to have a great eye to capture them in photos!x
Thanks Camila! I think colour is definitely a theme throughout lots of my blog posts 🙂
I ADORE this post – it has proper cheered up my grey London evening!
Yay, I’m glad! 🙂
stunning colours, what a wonderfully diverse set of places you’ve visited!
I love finding common themes across different places I’ve visited and colour is definitely my favourite 🙂
Glad to see Shoreditch made your list, when I saw your first pictures I wondered if it would. I hoped India would be there too – I don’t think I’ve been to a more colourful place, and it’s a place you really have to experience! #mondayescapes
India is definitely a country you have to experience, I totally agree! It’s unlike any other 🙂
This post is amazing!! I’m in love with it and all its pictures. Such a great idea!
The most colourful city I’ve visited so far was Copenhagen, I looove all the colours of the buildings and can never get tired of them! I hope to visit Cartagena and Val Paraiso one day! 😀
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Thanks so much 🙂 I hope you get to make it both Valpo and Cartagena, they are both such incredible cities!!
Thank you!! I will think of you when I go and will come back to search for some tips 😀
Gorgeous, gorgeous colours! Love those photos. I agree with you about India. I loved the blue of the houses in Jodhpur too.
Thanks so much Clare! India is full of vibrancy and colour, isn’t it? I still often dream of it!
Such a great idea for a post and stunning photos! Valparaiso is so vivid with color, you captured it perfectly. #mondayescapes
Thanks so much 🙂 The colours in Valpo are just incredible!!
Love this post! Color is one of my favorite parts of traveling and makes me so happy every time I go somewhere new! I loved the colors all over Spain, especially the coastal cities. That bright blue sky and never ending sunshine doesn’t hurt! 😀
Thanks Lauren! You are so right about the bright blue sky, it brings out the best in everything 🙂
So much colour!!! I have wanted to visit India for the longest time and your photos has put it straight at the top of my travel wish list again! I adore colour and colourful places and I feel it’s those I’m most drawn to. You’ve captured it all so beautifully here! Where ever I visit, abundance greenery is what I search for and love most. xx
Yay for India! I have been lucky enough to visit twice and I fell head over feels in love. I really hope you get to go some day! And greenery is a great one, so natural and fresh 🙂
Beautiful pics! I love the vibrancy of street art too, it’s a great way to get a feel for a new city x
Thank you!! I agree, I’d be happy of every city had an array of street art, I love it so much! 🙂
Amazing photos!! and I love that you chose to write about your love for colour!! 🙂
Thanks Sus! Colour was an obvious choice for me as I seem to photograph it so much 🙂
So colourful!! India is one of the most colourful places I’ve ever been and I could not stop taking photos. Brazil was also super colourful – we were there during the World Cup so it was extra bright. I can only imagine how even brighter it would be during carnival 🙂
Ohhh, I bet! I caught the tail end of the 2010 World Cup there and it was insane, they closed so many streets for parties, so I can’t even imagine how crazy it was when they hosted the event!
Amazing photos! Color really does bring so much happiness, love this post!
Thanks Jeannie! 🙂 It is such a happy thing!
Ooh, I love the kaleidoscope of colours in your post! So beautiful – colour is one of my favourite things, so it’s great to see a post dedicated to it!
Thanks Sophie! A kaleidoscope is such a fun way to describe colours that you find on your travels 🙂
Awww, this post has cheered me up no end – I LOVE colourful places! I seriously don’t go to enough… Cartagena de Indias in particular looks absolutely gorgeous – how could you fail to be happy in a place like that?! 🙂
Thanks Emily! Glad to send out some happy rays via colour 😉 Cartagena was amazing, it beamed with cheerfulness!
What a vibrant post! I must say you really inspired me to visit Colombia and Chile now, how colorful!!! To answer your question San Juan definitely stole my heart with its colorful quaint colonial architecture. I even dedicated one whole post just to the photos of the houses. I think you’d love it there! 🙂 xoxo, nano
Ohh you should definitely go! I wrote a whole post on the houses of Cartagena, I think you’d like it! I’ll check out your houses post 🙂
These photos are bursting with vibrant colors!! I am from India but have never been to Jaipur. Thanks a lot for sharing these beautiful pics 😊
Thanks so much! I loved my time in India so much, it’s such an amazing country 😀
I’m so happy to know that you enjoyed your time there 😊 btw, love your blog!
Thanks so much!