The sun may have been a bit stand-offish for the past few weeks, but it’s not always been so distant. To mark the longest day of 2012, we’re looking back over happier times with our big ball of fire in the sky.
After 5 weeks’ worth of rain in 5 days, it may feel like summer’s sat this year out. But the scientists beg to differ. According to them, summer is in full swing, and they can prove it, because today is the longest day of the year.
The sun rose this morning at 4.43am and it won’t set until 21.21pm. And, while some people in the UK are making the most of the extra hours of daylight by playing dusk-‘til-dawn golf or taking part in tropical-themed charity runs, the longest day of 2012 has got the Thomson office talking about the sun.
And not just the sun in general. Our topic du-jour has been sunsets and the golden hour, before the sun is swallowed by the horizon, when the sky is tie-dye purple and pink, and the clouds stand out from the rest of the air like oil from water.
Here are a few of our favourite dusky scenes…
Aruba – Sarah Holt, Writer
We watched the sunset over the Caribbean Sea from Pelican Pier on Palm Beach, Aruba. We sipped Balashi beer as the horizon swallowed it up.
Cancun – Jemita Unalkat, Designer
We caught this sunset after a day of activities at Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium park on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. We were drenched from river tubing and zip-lining over the water, and we were trying to dry off in the last of the sunshine.
Atlantic Ocean – Elle Hammond, Writer
We watched this sunset from the deck of the Thomson Dream. We’d just left Madeira behind and were on our way to Morocco.
Ibiza – Katie Gregory, Editor
Although it was about 10 years ago now, I still remember the sunset at Café del Mar really clearly. We got a good seat and sipped mojitos to the bar’s famous chill-out soundtrack. As the sun started to sink, the music slowed down and everything seemed to go into slow-mo for a couple of minutes. As the last bit of orange disappeared out of view, the crowd gave a standing ovation to the sun and the party officially started.
Cozumel – Nimesh Parmar, Designer
When I was in Mexico in February 2012, I met a great group of backpackers and we decided to travel around the country together. This photograph was taken on the island of Cozumel. There’s a VW Beetle in the foreground, which we’d hired to explore.
Lanzarote – Samantha Shillabeer, Editor
This picture was taken from the terrace of a great little seafood restaurant in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. My friend and I watched the sun set behind the mountains as we tucked into a sizzling paella and sipped on glasses of sangria.
Italy – Laura Hall, Editorial Manager
This shot was taken in Sorrento on the last night of our honeymoon. We cracked open a bottle of bubbly and sat out on our hotel’s wisteria-covered terrace, talking about our wedding and the lovely time we’d had in Italy. It was the perfect end to an amazing few weeks. Make sure you check out Laura’s Honeymoon guide to Sorrento: Part 1 – Part 2
Grab your sunglasses and spend your days exploring. Get away early to...
A country of contrasts. Find medieval cities, chocolate-box villages and rugged mountains...
Who are Marella Cruises?. From remembering your cocktail order at the bar...
Published: June 20, 2012
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
Shop Finder Ask a question? Contact us
We're part of TUI Group - one of the world's leading travel companies. And all of our holidays are designed to help you Discover Your Smile.
Registered address: Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, LU2 9TN
More from TUI
Terms & conditions
Ways to Pay
Google Play Store
App Store for Ios
Holiday Budget Calculator
TUI Credit Card
Travel After Brexit
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Some of the flights on this website are also financially protected by the ATOL scheme, but ATOL protection does not apply to all flights. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each flight before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk. ATOL protection does not apply to the other holiday and travel services listed on this website.