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My wife and I love sunsets. They mark the end of a memorable
day and the beginning of a beautiful evening. We have been blessed
with spectacular scenery and, when combined with a fire-coloured
sky, it can create a truly magical moment.
We've spent many unspoiled, romantic moments watching the
setting sun from both urban and rural vantage points. And no
matter how many people are around us, when we watch the setting
sun, it always feels as if those minutes belong to just the two
Here are a few romantic tips that we've learned over the years:
- Check the time of the sunset. Make sure you're punctual
or you'll end up missing the most brilliant colours. Arrive at
least 20 minutes before the published sunset time.
Remember, the further north you go, the more variation in the time.
Check the weather. Spectacular sunsets can be had in nearly
any weather condition, except when the skies are completely overcast.
Bright yellow and orange colours are usually present when the sky is
clear but the most brilliant displays of blue, purple, pink and red
occur when there are scattered clouds in the sky. Some of the best
sunsets can be seen when towering thunderstorms are on the horizon!
- Dress appropriately. The wind often picks up as the sun
begins to set. These winds are more pronounced along the ocean and
lakeshores and in the mountains. Bring a sweater or blanket to cuddle.
- Go for a walk. Ask around for suggestions on the
perfect vantage point. Leave yourselves enough time to get from
the parking to the vantage point.
- Dine with a view. If you're going out for a romantic dinner,
ask the restaurant for a table with a view. Make sure that you can
sit with the sun to your left or right or else one of you will face
the bright sun while the other will have the view behind them.
- Take a romantic getaway. View
the setting sun from a new location - a sunset over the ocean is looks
different from a mountain sunset which looks different from a prairie
sunset. Each has different colours, intensity and hues. Be sure to
ask for a room with a view!
Left to right: Manitoulin Island, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC
Watching a romantic sunset can set the right mood for the rest of the
evening. Share a quiet moment with your spouse and enjoy the cascading
colours across the sky.
This article is courtesy of:
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