Traveling around different countries of Europe, Asia or America, first of all you explore the streets – modern and old, long and short, narrow and broad, dark and colorful. It is here that you can feel the atmosphere and the mood of a city.
Medina Quarter (Chefchaouen, Morocco)
Those who like blue color must come to a splendid city of Chefchaouen. Most of the streets, walls and doors in its old town are blue-painted. These fantastic streets appeared after Jews, who settled here in 1930-s. This color intensifies the beauty of mountains surrounding the city.
Vila de Gracia (Barcelona, Spain)
When you speak about Gracia, you often mean the historic old quarter Vila de Gracia. That is the most amazing suburb of Barcelona. The main streets Torrent de l’Olla and Travessera de Gracia are always full of people, the life is buzzing here, creating its unique atmosphere. The streets become particularly colorful in August during Festa Major, when the contest for the most beautifully decorated street is held.
Umbrella Sky (Aguida, Portugal)
During the art festival Agitagueda you can see an amazing installation “Umbrella Sky” by Sextafeira on the streets of Aguida. It doesn’t only decorate the street, but also protect people from the burning sun.
Stream with Stepping Stones (Enschede, the Netherlands)
Roombeek is a commercial street in the center of the Dutch city Enschede with a small stream. Once it was an underground stream, but it was cleaned, restored and brought up to the surface as a street sightseeing point. The bottom of the stream is roughly structured to reduce the flowing speed of the water and creates the constant reflective pattern on the surface.
A Street with Magic Carpets (LA Orotava, Canary Islands)
The Canary Islands are mostly known for their resorts, but in June an old town La Orotava invites everybody on a beautiful festival of flower carpets. The atmosphere of this town saved authenticity of the 17th century: narrow cobbled streets, houses with unique carved balconies. This picture will please your eyes even on usual days, but during the festival Corpus Christi all the streets are covered with amazing patterns. The whole town thrives. Though technically that is not a flower festival. All pictures are made of volcanic sand brought from the crater of the Teide volcano. That is an additional proof that art exhibitions can be arranged almost anywhere.
The Old Town of Lijiang (China)
This extraordinary town, founded in the 13th century, impresses visitors with its streets. The houses are built in traditional Nakhi style from mud bricks and wood. But its unique system of waterways and Nakhi way of living are threatened by the huge influx of tourists.
Orchard Road (Singapore)
Beautiful trees along the clean and neat street invite you to take a walk here, offering a huge number of shops. Nutmeg and bamboos grew here hundreds of years ago, today it is decorated with padauk trees.
Lombard Street (San Francisco, USA)
Located between two streets of Hyde and Leavenworth, Lombard street is considered the most crooked street in the world. One of its sections consists of eight tight hairpin turns, which helped reduce the steepness of the street. People are recommended to use 8 km/h speed.