Colors of Iceland

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April 26, 2011
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  Buildings seen from our Penthouse terrace framed pops of color perfectly.
    Buildings seen from our Penthouse terrace framed pops of color perfectly.
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  Around every corner it was common to spot unique shingle and roof color combos like this forest green and salmon house.
    Around every corner it was common to spot unique shingle and roof color combos like this forest green and salmon house.
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  Little plastic dolls in this storefront perfectly illustrate Reykjavik's palette of bright hues.
    Little plastic dolls in this storefront perfectly illustrate Reykjavik's palette of bright hues.
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  More vibrant colors adorning the simple lines of the city's center.
    More vibrant colors adorning the simple lines of the city's center.
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  I loved this collection of children drawings of the Hallgrímskirkja, a stunning Lutheran church overlooking the city.
    I loved this collection of children drawings of the Hallgrímskirkja, a stunning Lutheran church overlooking the city.
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  The Hallgrímskirkja is visible from all over. Views from the top reveal a rainbow of rooftops.
    The Hallgrímskirkja is visible from all over. Views from the top reveal a rainbow of rooftops.
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  While driving through a field of moss-covered volcanic rock, I spotted a group of cave explorers in orange, reminding me of a team of astronauts walking on another planet.
    While driving through a field of moss-covered volcanic rock, I spotted a group of cave explorers in orange, reminding me of a team of astronauts walking on another planet.
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  Icelandic horses are richly colored, like this guy who braved a hail storm long enough for me to snap his picture.
    Icelandic horses are richly colored, like this guy who braved a hail storm long enough for me to snap his picture.
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  Even in nature the colors are vibrant and intense in Iceland, like this rust-red hillside.
    Even in nature the colors are vibrant and intense in Iceland, like this rust-red hillside.
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  Reykjavik, like many cities, is covered in pockets of graffiti. But here the graffiti seemed even more colorful. Gone was a the grime in cities like New York.
    Reykjavik, like many cities, is covered in pockets of graffiti. But here the graffiti seemed even more colorful. Gone was a the grime in cities like New York.
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  In many an alley I found walls and walls of graffiti.
    In many an alley I found walls and walls of graffiti.
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  There were also examples of knit graffiti in Reykjavik, like this tree, not painted, but covered in a colorful sheath.
    There were also examples of knit graffiti in Reykjavik, like this tree, not painted, but covered in a colorful sheath.
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  A pink and yellow doorway made a rather boring building remarkable.
    A pink and yellow doorway made a rather boring building remarkable.
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  My favorite shop discovered was Icelandic designer Mundi's boutique, which featured graphic t-shirts.
    My favorite shop discovered was Icelandic designer Mundi's boutique, which featured graphic t-shirts.
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  Brightly colored womens' clothing.
    Brightly colored womens' clothing.
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  Mundi also had interesting home designs like this blanket that I bought, which doubles as a coat.
    Mundi also had interesting home designs like this blanket that I bought, which doubles as a coat.
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  This giant Styrofoam sculpture lives in Mundi along with the ready-to-wear fashions.
    This giant Styrofoam sculpture lives in Mundi along with the ready-to-wear fashions.
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  Secondhand stores were filled with Danish furniture. If only I knew a way to get these items back to New York cheaply!
    Secondhand stores were filled with Danish furniture. If only I knew a way to get these items back to New York cheaply!
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  While eating in a local cafe, I was pleasantly surprised by the color coded books at the barista stand.
    While eating in a local cafe, I was pleasantly surprised by the color coded books at the barista stand.
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  Babies sleep in carriages outside in the cold while mothers drink tea in the warmth. This shocked me almost as much of the rainbows of color all over Reykjavik!Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    Babies sleep in carriages outside in the cold while mothers drink tea in the warmth. This shocked me almost as much of the rainbows of color all over Reykjavik!

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