Travel In Color
My location is London, which never ceases to inspire me with its rich blend of history, culture, and modernity. As a freelance photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer, I’ve been able to capture and creatively represent the diverse facets of three of my favorite European spots.
This charming island near Venice is like a dream come true for me. The first things you notice are the colorful houses that line its canals. It’s like stepping into a rainbow wonderland! Every house seems to compete in a friendly contest of who can be the most vibrant. The story behind these colorful facades is fascinating: fishermen painted their homes bright colors to easily spot them from the lagoon.
Interesting Fact: The color choices on Burano aren’t random. Residents need to get government approval before painting their homes, and they follow a specific system to ensure that neighboring houses aren’t the same color.
To avoid the crowds and fully enjoy the charm of Burano, it’s best to visit during the quieter months. Late fall (October to November) is a great time to visit as the summer crowds have dissipated, and the weather is still relatively pleasant. You’ll have more of the island’s picturesque streets and colorful houses to yourself. Regardless of the season, visiting Burano on weekdays tends to be quieter than weekends. Many tourists visit as part of day trips from Venice, so weekdays offer a more tranquil experience.
Of course, Venice itself is a marvel. The maze of canals, the historic architecture, and the unique way of life here are unforgettable. St. Mark’s Basilica and the Grand Canal are absolute must-sees.
Interesting Fact: Venice has no cars or roads. Instead, locals and visitors navigate the city’s 118 islands by boat or on foot over more than 400 bridges.
Venice has been known for its skilled pickpocketing groups, often comprising agile individuals who can seamlessly blend into crowds of tourists. They’re experts at creating distractions, such as staged arguments or performances, to divert your attention while their accomplices pick your pockets. So keep an eye on your belongings at all times, especially in crowded areas and on public transportation, and always pay attention to your surroundings and the people around you!
When you’re in Venice, one of the best ways to savor the local flavors without breaking the bank is by hitting up the cicchetti bars. They’re these cozy little spots where you can grab a quick bite and a drink. It’s kind of like a Venetian tapas experience, and it’s absolutely fantastic.
You’ll find cicchetti bars all over the city, but the real gems are often hidden in the side streets and along the canals. No need to worry about fancy menus here—just stroll up to the counter and see what catches your eye. It’s a bit like a culinary adventure every time!
Sicily is like my second home, especially in the cities of Palermo and Syracuse. Palermo’s vibrant street markets and mouth-watering cuisine make every visit an adventure, while Syracuse’s ancient history and well-preserved ruins transport you to another time.
Cultural Melting Pot: Palermo has a rich history of cultural influences, including Arab, Norman, and Byzantine. This blend of cultures is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions. The city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wandering through its narrow streets is like stepping back in time.
Street Food Paradise: Palermo is renowned for its vibrant street food scene. You can savor arancini (rice balls), panelle (chickpea fritters), and sfincione (Sicilian pizza) from street vendors. The bustling Ballarò Market is a must-visit for food enthusiasts, offering a sensory feast of colors and flavors.
Capuchin Catacombs: For a unique and slightly eerie experience, visit the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo. These catacombs contain over 8,000 mummies, some dating back to the 16th century. It’s a fascinating and somewhat haunting glimpse into the city’s history.
Ancient Greek Ruins: Syracuse boasts some of the best-preserved ancient Greek ruins outside of Greece itself. The Archaeological Park of Neapolis is home to the impressive Greek Theater, which could seat up to 15,000 spectators, as well as the Ear of Dionysius, a cave known for its exceptional acoustics.
Birthplace of Famous Figures: Syracuse was the birthplace of Archimedes, the renowned ancient mathematician, physicist, and inventor. It’s also closely associated with the famous Greek tragedian Aeschylus, who spent much of his life here.
Ortigia Island: The historic center of Syracuse is located on Ortigia Island, connected to the mainland by two bridges. It’s a picturesque and charming place with narrow streets, Baroque architecture, and a lively market. Don’t miss the stunning Piazza del Duomo, home to the Syracuse Cathedral and the Fountain of Arethusa, a freshwater spring with its own mythological history.