There are innumerable ways to compare and contrast the ways people choose to live out their lives in different parts of the world.
One interesting category is in the way they handle their laundry - after all, with the exception of nudists, everyone does laundry.
One thing I've noticed in Italy, and especially in Venice, is that while a lot of folks have washers, not a lot have dryers. Hanging laundry in the sun seems to be a preferred method - it costs less because the sun and wind are free (as opposed to running another appliance).
I'd guess that another reason (perhaps the main reason) they hang dry is simply because "that's how Momma did it".
I've also heard Venetians cite the fact that "you can smell the sun" in the line-dried laundry as a reason why they prefer this method.
Looking at the above photo, I can't help but wonder if the owner of that "load of darks" smells more sunlight, having hang-dried it on the top floor.