by Jonny Blair
I usually hate travel lists and particularly repetitive “top 6 things to do etc.” but everyone else writes about it so here’s my bit… As a random wanderer you simply have to love and embrace sunsets. That defining moment that ends your natural daylight part on any given day. As the sun disappears, you can take with it memories on how gracefully this hot sphere left your world. Where were you and what were you doing for sunset? These are 6 random sunsets – not necessarily the best just a list of unusual ones I came up with from my travels. Check it out:
1. Sunset at Casapueblo, URUGUAY:
The wonder of Casapueblo will never leave me. This is simply a breathtaking place to watch the sun go down at night. With sunset experiences, it cannot JUST be about the sun dropping from the sky, it has to be about where you are, who you’re with and what you’re doing. Casapueblo is wonderful and I highly recommend it – howeverit is not that easy to find. Stay in nearby Punta del Este and catch a bus out to it. The bus will actually be heading for Montevideo or Maldonado and you need to ask the driver to let you out at a village called Punta Ballena. This is basically a beach resort with a famous artistic seafront building known as Casapueblo. A 2 kilometre walk will take you from where the bus leaves you, all the way down to the entrance for Casapueblo. You have to pay into Casapueblo but believe me it’s worth it! Once inside enjoy the mini museum and then head to the balcony just before sunset to get a good seat. Beer and food is served to your table.
2. Sunset on Bruny Island in Tasmania, AUSTRALIA:
Bruny Island is not the most southern Australian island, but it’s one of them. It’s a marvellous little remote island, reached by ferry from Kettering in mainland Tasmania. Get yourself up to “The Neck” for sunset. Apart from wallabies and rabbits, you may be the only person in sight. A peaceful sunset in contrast to the lively bar at Casapueblo. Bring a coat! As soon as that hot sphere fades it’s windy and chilly, especially in winter!
3. Sunset at Boscombe, Bournemouth, ENGLAND:
I often neglect the beauty of actual places I live in, this post will include two of them to actually make up for that. Bournemouth is an English coastal seaside party town. It’s famous for beaches and parties. From the end of Bournemouth Pier on summer nights you can watch the sun fade far to the east. I worked by the beach for four summers so the “view from my office window” helped me add Bournemouth in Dorset to this list. There’s a host of bars along the seafront to watch the sun set over a cocktail…
4. Sunset from The Fortress in Danxiashan, Guangdong, CHINA:
China is graced with the most amazing countryside, villages, mountains and sunsets. There are so many places to watch the hot ball fade, but I strongly recommend the hike and climb to the top of The Fortress (near Penis Rock ) where you gather on the steep steps to watch the sun go down behind the mountains in the north of Guangdong province. This is well off the beaten track for travellers, I was the only non-Asian in the region for a couple of days, but well worth it!!
5. Sunset at Kenting Beach, TAIWAN:
I love Taiwan. My trip there in 2009 sparked off a new lease of adventure for me and I have fond memories of it, none more so than having a beer on Kenting beach on the south coast as the sun was going down. Myself and my travel buddy went in for a swim in the splendid waters before getting a glimpse of how the hottest sphere we know about disappears for the evening!
6. Sunset at Lam Tin in HONG KONG:
Another entry for Asia and an unusual one, but from the east side of Kowloon at Hong Kong you can see a magnificent sunset view of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island. There is a non deliberate viewing platform within a 10 minute walk of Lam Tin MTR station. Head there before the hot ball fades and you’ll catch an immense view of this beautiful city skyline against a changing sky!
So there you have it – 6 odd but spectacular locations you can watch the hottest sphere in existence head away for the night. Don’t you just love sunsets…
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