When day transforms into night and night into day, the world creates a colorful masterpiece of various shades, tints, and tones.
I’m a firm believer that you should never miss a sunrise or sunset. They’re my two favorite showpieces that the world gifts us with daily and the only pictures that can be posted without editing.
I’ve been going through some pictures recently and stumbled upon many that displayed the metamorphosis of our days and nights. What’s even more amazing is that no two are the same. I’m starting to wonder what I favor more, a sunrise or a sunset? I’ve compiled some pictures of sunrises and sunsets to help settle the debate.
I thoroughly enjoy watching the sunrise, which is funny because even 5 years ago I utterly despised waking up early. What changed that for me was when I visited Lake Geneva in Chardonne, Switzerland. We stayed at La Mirador Kempinski, a 5 star Hotel, and was absolutely blessed with the breathtaking sunrises cascading over the Alps while we ate our breakfast on our balcony.
Ever since that trip, I have never taken a sunrise for granted.
Sometimes when I’m taking a Red-Eye to the States from Europe, I can catch the sunrise out of my window. Perks to having a window seat!
I was lucky enough to see the sunrise off of our balcony while staying in Kissamos, Crete, Greece. After catching it on the day before going home, I promised myself I would wake up to see it again before we left. Instead of it rising over the horizon like I’m used to, the sun would begin to creep up slowly over the edge of the mountain, radiating its colors onto the Sea below.
But those don’t even compare to the sunrise in Germany that I happen to snap on a morning I unintentionally woke up too early. I grabbed my coffee and sluggishly went into the living room to find it completely illuminated in pink and purple colors. I opened my patio door to find this sight: the most awe-inspiring sunrise I have ever seen.
While sunrises are beautiful, it has tough competition when it comes to sunsets. I’ve been fortunate to witness so many beautiful sunsets in my life and I never take one for granted.
About 7 years ago, I lived in Chattanooga Tennessee and the view from my room was the Smoky Mountains. I could watch the sun disappear behind the mountain every night.
In places like Tennessee where it is mountainous, the locals really don’t know what it’s like to see a sunset on the horizon like you can in Fort Myers, Florida…
…or in my home state of Indiana…
…or in Zadar, Croatia.
People who live in large cities have a hard time seeing the sunset on a daily basis, too. All of the landmarks and skyscrapers can get in the way, but it still makes for a gorgeous sight. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch the sun disappear behind the Sistine Chapel in Rome and illuminate colors that dance around the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
All of these places have extraordinary sunsets, but none will ever compare to those found in Greece.
While I haven’t been able to see the famous Santorini Sunset, I have seen it from the western edge of Paros Island in the Cyclades.
But, the most stunning sunset I’ve ever seen was in the Bay of Kissamos, Crete.
When the sun sets in Crete, the entire world around you turns the color of the day transforming into night.
Everything from the white tablecloth to the cobblestone ground was shadowed with a shade of pink. I had never been so in awe as I was while watching the sunsets in Crete.
What do you prefer? Sunrises or sunsets?
While I love waking up with a cup of joe and watching the night rescind into day, I would have to side with sunsets on this one.
Nonetheless, we can’t deny that both are some of the greatest gifts of our world and should never be taken for granted.