Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Sunsets over the sea...

When I was little I thought that the sun always set over the sea. Then I took a trip to Brazil where the natural thing to happen is for the sun to set behind you while you're looking out towards a dark sky hanging above the ocean. It was sad to watch the sun disappear into the landscape and especially tragic when it ducked prematurely behind a mountaintop.

In Portugal - except perhaps for some places on the southern coast of the Algarve - the default setting for sunsets is over the sea. It is a quirk of geography for a country that faces West along almost the entirety of its coast.This makes for absolutely spectacular sunsets that glimmer and glint in the water and in the height of summer you get to watch a fiery sun extinguish itself in a rainbow sea.

It is a wonder of the Portuguese natural world and it costs nothing at all.

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