Summer Solstice 2012
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