Chasing Up Laundry in Boccadasse (Genova)

Italy, Genova Boccadasse

Chasing Up Laundry in Boccadasse (Genova)

I have a thing for shapes, colors and… laundry. I don’t know when it started, and why. It just happened.

Italy, Laundry in Genoa Boccadasse

All of a sudden, years ago, I started noticing that often while walking along the streets my eyes were going up to look at the windows or balconies and that my attention was caught by the fluttering laundry.

Italy, Genova Boccadasse

Boccadasse, one of the neighbourhoods of Genova, reminds of the ancient fishermen villages, with its old colourful houses overlooking the sea and the narrow streets, so typical of the Liguria region.

For my joy, there was laundry everywhere, hanging out from the windows, creating more colored spots over the yellow, pink and red houses.

Italy, Genoa Boccadasse

Italy, Laundry in Genoa

I soon left the pretty little creek of Boccadasse, where lots of people were enjoying the mild October temperature and the beautiful late afternoon light and ventured in the narrow streets to chase up more laundry.

Laundry in Genoa

There’s laundry everywhere in Boccadasse, adding to the charm of this colorful neighborhood of Genova

While looking at the fluttering clothes, I could almost see fragments of life of the local people. I imagined a little girl running, a man buttoning his shirt, a woman rummaging in the cupboard, not sure which dress to wear, and more scenes of ordinary life.

Red House White Laundry

 

Laundry stirs up my imagination. Does it also happen to you?

 

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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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  • Dora
    Posted at 04:50h, 02 December Reply

    I absolutely love photographing doors, windows, and laundry. Growing up in PA of USA, we always hung our laundry outside. Everyone did and still do. However, a dryer is really needed in the winter. Otherwise, your jeans and towels freeze. 🙂

  • Leigh
    Posted at 05:44h, 26 October Reply

    I love laundry shots too and can’t get over the fact that many subdivisions in North America don’t allow laundry to dry outside; I guess it hurts someone’s sensibilities. I’m with Laurel – laundry screams Europe.

    • Simon
      Posted at 08:15h, 26 October Reply

      Well, the truth is that drying laundry outside is not allowed in many places in Italy as well. It is usually considered something from the lower class (with a pinch of condescension) and forbidden in posh areas, which I can understand but not because it’s not appropriate to richer people but as it would spoil a little the beautiful facades of ancient buildings

  • Laurel
    Posted at 10:32h, 24 October Reply

    I love seeing hanging laundry, perhaps because it screams Europe to me, since everyone has a dryer in North America, which means no hanging laundry. I also think it gives you a glimpse into the lives of locals by seeing something so intimate hanging out there for the whole world to see.

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:48h, 24 October Reply

      Now, that’s a great point Laurel. In fact, I had never thought before at hanging laundry as something typical of Europe. Thanks for highlighting this.

  • camping Ca' Savio
    Posted at 10:24h, 24 October Reply

    we’re always enchanted by laundry here in Venice 🙂

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:49h, 24 October Reply

      True. Venice is another great place to spot laundry!

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