As much as we love Jon Snow and the way he says, “Winter is coming” – we kinda hate winter. Yep, the cold temperatures are alright for a few days as you get the chance to wear your latest chunky knit scarf and your adorable bobble hat, but it soon becomes too much. You get cranky, you shiver all of the time, and you just can’t seem to get warm. Because of this, nothing makes us happier than when we see the first little hints of spring. The blossom is breaking through the trees and you can remove your huge Canada Goose jacket and replace it with a cool and hip denim jacket. Spring is here and that means a whole new color palette for us to snap on Instagram. You’ll love these seven pastel-tinged places around the world that are picture-perfect for the upcoming summer
Notting Hill – London, England
If you’re looking to update your ‘Gram with beautiful photos of springtime, a trip to Notting Hill in London is a must. Don your edgiest outfit, grab a cup of coffee, stand in front of the amazing multicolored houses, and get your bestie to snap a cool photo of you – because that photo is going to get maaaaaajor likes. Once you’ve seen Notting Hill in the spring, make sure you return for a summer visit to check out their iconic Notting Hill Festival.
Big Sur – California
We’ve all watched The O.C. We know how cool California is. Yet, to truly take in the pastoral wonder that is the Big Sur – you kinda have to get out your credit card and rent a car. As you travel down the roads of this West Coast highway, you will come across pastel color after pastel color. From the light aquamarine of the ocean to the sandy yellow of the beaches, to the deep oranges of the incredible sunsets. You can’t miss it.
Koon Seng Road – Singapore
Let’s be honest, Singapore should be on your bucket list – because who doesn’t want to wander around the Gardens of the Bay or check out the epic street food?! Yet, if you’re gonna book your flights across the pond, make sure you book to travel in the spring so you can get some major spring inspo from Koon Seng Road. All of the buildings along this road are painted in lush hues of pinks, blues, and purples, and feature some pretty awesome architectural detailing.
Piazzale Michelangelo – Florence, Italy
I mean, who hasn’t already booked their flights to Florence, am I right? Well, when you arrive in the spring, be sure to check out the Piazzale Michelangelo – but make sure you do it at sunset. You might have to push a few people out of the way because everyone has the same idea, but it’ll definitely be worth it. From blues to oranges, to purples and more, every single pastel sunset is different in this area, and the ancient buildings of this plaza will look even more incredible in the pastel light.
Lavender Fields – Provence, France
Thanks to Miranda Priestly, we all know that florals for spring are a little cliche, but we kinda don’t care what the dragon lady has to say (sorry, Miranda). If you fancy a trip to France in the spring, make sure you check out the Lavender Fields of Provence. These purple fields look absolutely breathtaking against the clear blue sky – and most of the time you can’t even see where the lavender fields end and where the sky begins. Frolick away, my pretties!
Bo-Kaap – Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is the kind of place where anything is possible – which means that you can take in an epic conglomeration of culture, art, nature, food and more. Yet, if you really want to see what Cape Town has to offer, take a trip to hip neighborhood of Bo-Kaap, where every single home is an epic shade of the rainbow. From luminous green to Barbie pink, to sunset orange. It’s there.
Santorini – Greece
In the words of Chandler Bing, could this place BE any more perfect? We think not. Santorini is famous for its whitewashed buildings, bright blue spires and roofs, and cobbled streets that let you wander across the hillsides to check out the island below. It really is somewhere that needs to be seen to be believed. As if the white and blue tones weren’t enough, the red sandy beach and the bright colors of their famous Greek salads will provide you with every color of the rainbow.
Looking to put a spring into your step this spring? Check out these awesome pastel places around the world…