Although it might not be super obvious from the looks of this site, pink is one of my absolute favorite colors. And sometime this week between the reopening of Casa Bonita in Denver and the premiere of Barbie, my lizard brain simultaneously went squeeeee and MWAHAHA. So anyway, here you go! Bucket list fodder:
Casa Bonita, USA
The iconic Mexican restaurant located in Colorado is reopening (sometime?) soon after uncertainty regarding its future due to COVID-19. The pink exterior and architectural style are inspired by the coastal towns of Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta.
Cherry Blossoms, JAPAN
During the months of March and April, the iconic pink flowers bloom all around the country. Grab some food and drinks and settle in to enjoy the flowers, or as the Japanese call it, “Hanami”.
La Muralla Roja, spain
One of Ricardo Bofill’s ten most iconic works, this apartment complex in Calpe was inspired by North African casbahs. The space also includes stores, restaurants, pools and courtyards, and apartments can actually be rented on Airbnb.
Pink Sand Beach, INDONESIA
One of the few pink sand beaches in the world, this one is located on a south-facing shore of Komodo Island. The pink color is due to red organisms called Foraminifera, which mix with white sand resulting in the rosy hue.
Putra Mosque, Malaysia
The main mosque in Putrajaya is one of few pink mosques in the world. It is built with white and rose-colored granite and granite tiles, and there are intricate woodwork carvings on the doors and windows.
Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz
This mosque actually does carry the occasional title of The Pink Mosque, and a look inside will show you why. The halls are adorned with Orsi, windows made of stained glass and wood.
Kemi Church, FINLAND
A brick church in the town of Kemi in Northern Finland, it was designed by architect Josef Stenbäck in Gothic Revival style.
Ahsan Manzil, Bangladesh
The former residence of the Nawab of Dhaka, the palace now serves as a national museum.
Laguna rosada, Mexico
The colorful pink lakes scattered around Yucatán are actually man-made and used for harvesting sea salt. The color comes from the algae that live in the lake.
The Royal Hawaiian, HAWAII
The nearly 100-year-old Pink Palace of the Pacific is a luxury hotel that belongs to Marriott. It’s located in Honolulu.
Hawa Mahal, INDIA
A palace in the city of Jaipur built from pink and red sandstone. The outside is adorned with nine hundred and fifty-three Jharokhas, which are small windows adorned with latticework.
Rua Nova do Carvalho, Portugal
A former red-light district in Lisbon, the bubblegum pink street is now home to trendy restaurants, bars and clubs.
Tan Dinh Church, Vietnam
Another pink church, this one is located in Ho Chi Min City. It combines Chinese and Vietnamese architecture, and the inside has been painted to match the exterior.
Craigievar Castle, Scotland
Purported to have inspired Walt Disney’s castle icon, construction on this castle started around 1576 and was inhabited for 350 years.
The first and southernmost of the five colorful villages that make up Cinque Terre, it served as inspiration for the fictional town of Portorosso (red port) in Disney’s Luca.
Did I miss any rosy-hued locations? Let me know in the comments!