Caminito, Buenos Aires
If you are planning to travel to Argentina, Caminito is the place you must see. The once abandoned street in Buenos Aires is now famous for its vibrantly colorful walls and iron houses.
In 1954, when the place became abandoned after the railroad closed down, legendary Argentine artist Benito Quinquela Martín painted the walls to create a makeshift stage for performance. The place is now a haven for local artists.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Located on the rugged coast of Italian Riviera, The Cinque Terre or "The Five Lands" comprises of five villages and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The reason behind the varied colored houses is that when local fishermen were doing their jobs, they wanted to be able to see their houses easily to know their wives were still home.
Burano Island, Italy
Burano is a collection of four islands, connected by bridges, in Northern Italy. It is popular for its small brightly colored houses.
It’s interesting to note that these houses are not just randomly colored. The color scheme follows a specific pattern. If someone wishes to paint their house, they would need to send a request to the government.
This small town in Morocco has everything one could ask for: rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture. However, what it is most famous for is its vivid blue buildings in its “old town” sector, or medina.
It is believed that the blue homes were introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven. However, the not-so-philosophical reason behind it may be that blue walls serve to simply repel mosquitoes.
Willemstad, Curacao, Caribbean
Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea and is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The brilliantly painted architecture of Willemstad originated when a former governor of the island, who suffered from severe headaches, believed that his malady was caused by sun’s bright reflections off the white buildings. He then declared that the exteriors of the buildings must be painted any color but white. It was later discovered that the governor was a shareholder in the island’s only paint store. Talk about smart business sense!
We would love to wake up in the morning, in one of these places, look out the window and just…smile.