Jodhpur – India

Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan, is called ‘The blue city’ and ‘suncity’. It is said that priestly class of Hindus, the Brahmins, coloured their houses blue to distinguish themselves from the ‘lesser mortals’. However, there are other theories surrounding the blue houses – it’s to keep the house cool. Copper sulphate in paint is effective in repelling the insects and under certain conditions turns blue. For an overview of Jodhpur, and the blue houses of the old town, it’s a good idea to head up to Mehrangarh Fort.

Wroclaw- Poland

Wroclaw (pronounced vrots-wahf) has cobblestoned lanes, vibrant colours and magnificent architecture. 70% of this city was destroyed during World War II and has been restored since then. Rynek, the main square in the centre is filled with bars and restaurants. The gothic-styled churches including the Church of St Elizabeth, the Panorama of Raclawice, Ostrow Tumski  home to the cathedral of St John, the Baptist, are the city’s most enduring landmarks.

Nyhavn – Denmark

Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors in the 17th century. Today Nyhavn - with its picturesque harbour and old sailing ships bobbing on the canal’s water and colourful facades of old houses – is a touristy spot, along with the nearby Kongens Nytorv, Strøget, and Amalienborg Palace.

San Francisco, USA

San Francisco is home both to wealth of architecture and street art in multicolour.  It is famous for the ‘painted ladies’ which is a term to refer to any set Victorian or Edwardian houses that use 3+ colours to show off the architectural details of their design. Not many buildings remain in the city from before the quake so those that do are special.

 

Valparaiso – Chile

Valparaiso, Chile has been called the ‘Ocean’s Sweetheart’, ‘The Jewel of the Pacific’ and the city that ‘goes to paradise’– and it is also the cultural capital of this geographically narrow nation.  In its golden days, it was known for its sea traffic  The city of Valparaiso climbs from the shore of the pacific into the mountains above, covering the hills with a sight as rich as the personalities within.  Its culture, its colour and its progressive spirit have earned it another nickname which fits this list quite well– the San Francisco of the South.