I’ve recently got back from an absolutely excellent family holiday in Iceland, with around 1500 photos to prove it! I’m rather overwhelmed by the task of editing them and writing about all our experiences, but I need to get back into blogging after a very slack few weeks. Where to start? I have plenty of half-baked ideas bursting out of my head though they all need tweaking and further thought, especially so as not to simply repeat what many others have said about this incredible nation before me. Here I am, back in the intense yellow light of the Côte d’Azur, recalling a reflection I made while wandering around the streets of Reykjavik one grey, overcast, drizzly day last week. Trying not to moan too much about the totally horrible flat light for photography it struck me that the city wasn’t grey at all. It’s well documented that the capital of Iceland is a colourful city, seen from above it’s almost lego-like with brightly coloured roofs on top of the corrugated iron and wooden houses. But from ground level, the overwhelming dominant colour downtown appeared to me to be blue: a colour rarely seen in the architecture of my home area in the south of France (except for shutters). From whole buildings painted deep blue, to little details like window frames or flower pots, from bright blue roofs to grey-blue facades, the variety was endless and beautiful. So without further ado, I’m going to take you on a tour of “Blue Reykjavik”, as a little entrée into my view of Iceland and an appetiser of what’s to come in the next few weeks on the blog.
Want to visit Reykjavik on the cheap? Read my selection of best things to do for free or nearly free in the Icelandic capital.
It seemed appropriate that even our shoes were blue that day! Have you been to Reykjavik? Do you associate it with a particular colour? Or what about another city and its colour? I’d love to hear from you.