The movie Edward Scissorhands features a suburban neighborhood lined with pastel-colored houses. You can see the real-life equivalent by taking a trip to Tobermory, located on the west coast of Scotland. The population there is only 900, but the colorful houses that line the seafront have impressive acclaim. That’s because they were featured in a children’s BBC program called Balamory.
The residents of Guanajuato don’t seem to grasp the concept of using a subtle color when painting their houses. Your eyes will be dazzled with a sea of vibrant hues set against rocky hills in a town once famous for silver mining.
In Zurich, luxury is a way of life, and you’ll notice that even when sitting down to something as seemingly basic as brunch. While in the city, you’ll get treated to a full array of lavish breakfast and lunch choices where the food on your plate looks as good as it tastes.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
With a history that dates back to the 15th century, St. John’s is one of the oldest cities in Canada. Also, like some of the other places on this list, it has no shortage of colorful residences. Be sure to make a beeline for Jellybean Row to see some fabulous examples. Ship captains who lived there would pointedly paint their houses in vibrant hues to easily spot them from the water.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In 2010, the Brazilian government recruited Dutch artists to turn the city’s slums into a very memorable project. The result is striking, especially in the Favela Santa Maria area.
Tourists flock to Wroclaw, seeking its quaint cobblestoned streets and hundreds of bridges. However, the buildings that line the city are true standouts, with their brilliant combination of historical architecture and richly painted wood.
Considered the cultural hub of the country, Valparaiso is also a place where you can marvel at stunning ships. This is a port city, and there’s a seemingly constant stream of elegant boats to enjoy.
Many people are familiar with having to get permission from housing authorities before making major changes to their residences. Similarly, in Burano, people have to seek government permission before painting their houses. No two residences next to each other are painted the same way, and contrast is definitely a plus.
Cape Town, South Africa
Consider Cape Town as one of the places in the world where luxury and color mingle harmoniously. The city is famous for its opulent houses that are sure to leave lasting impressions. Many are located in areas with stunning seaside scenery.
Noted for its busting culinary scene, multiethnic community and the recently completed Millennium Tower skyscraper, Boston frequently attracts everyone from academics to socialites. It also has plenty of enticing annual special events. One such gathering, the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Storybook Ball, raises money for pediatric healthcare needs. But, if you want to get in the door, you’ll have to part with at least $5,000 for a ticket. Some tickets go for as much as $100,000.
In the 18th century, Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh ordered that the Indian city of Jaipur be tinged in pink to celebrate the arrival of the Prince of Wales. You can still see the striking, rosy shade on everything from the city’s boulevards to its historic landmarks.
New York City, New York
Made up of five boroughs, New York City truly lives up to its nickname of ‘The City That Never Sleeps.’ From the billboards of Times Square to the lush landscapes of Central Park, New York City pulses with an unmistakable and constant energy.
Whether you’re at the point where you can book a flight today, or you’re still just indulging in wanderlust solely through daydreams, the cities on the list above are sure to inspire and delight. The things you’ll see while visiting them could stay in your memory for a lifetime.