Greece wrapped in Bougainvillea
Rarely does a travel writer grace the blue seas and whitewashed houses of the Greek islands and not enter into the trappings of “…and streets lined with bougainvillaea” to describe those stunning islands and their whitewashed houses all wrapped up in purple, fuchsia, orange, and pink bougainvillaea…. Ah, but it is so true. And, with that luscious Mediterranean climate, one can see them almost anywhere, and, as it happens, at any time, as the climate is ideal and tends to lead to year-round blooms, leaving pretty white houses forever shaded by vines full of large colourful bracts (those iconic leaves surround the tiny white flower in the middle, but not a part of it). But the near-constant blue skies and comparatively moderate temperatures of an Aegean spring do have a way of making the Bougainvillea appear that much prettier, particularly in the Cyclades, which are often far too crowded to properly appreciate the vines when summer arrives. But visit Hora on Mykonos, the backstreets of Kos, or the monasteries of Corfu, and you’re sure to find stunning Bougainvillea aplenty.