If I had to choose a word to describe wintertime in Chicago, I would say gray. After being here for just over four years, my memories of the winters leave me with gray momories. Not to say I didn't have a good time during the gray months, but even the colorful Christmas lights and holiday cheer was masked by a gray shadow that arrives in mid-November and leaves when it pleases, sometimes hanging around until February, other times just chilling (literally) until April. With the gray months just around the corner, I wanted to explore some of the worlds most colorful destinations.
First stop- Old San Juan, PR
With the warmth of the ocean and the most colorful houses on the island, Old San Juan boasts colorful streets, perfect for someone looking to take a stroll during a sunny afternoon.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
With an even brighter exterior than those of Old San Juan, the buildings in Bo-Kaap are reminiscent of something like a carnival. Coupled with cobblestone streets, the bright and vivid building colors make for a phenomenal photo op!
The Poppy Fields of Holland
Who said only buildings can be colorful? These poppy fields in Holland offer an exceptionally beautiful and colorful view of the land if seen from an aerial perspective.
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Part of a rugged section of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is home to some of the most colorfully beautiful areas in all of Italy. The stacked multi-colored houses and apartments hang on the edge of cliffs, hovering over the ultramarine waters of the Ligurian Sea.