Standing by the beach in twilight,
listening to the sound of waves washing onto the shore,
soothed by the cries of the seagulls
that break the silence of approaching dawn,
waiting in anticipation of the rising of the sun,
a sight ever so magical and inspiring…
As the saying goes: Yesterday's history, tomorrow's mystery, today is a gift. The first light of dawn that breaks the darkness evokes a gift of new hope and a fresh start to a new day. Another day ends from the moment the sun sets till it disappears beyond the horizon; a time of reflection on the history and to look forward to the next mystery. To catch one of the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets, head to the coastal areas or highlands; be awed by the exceptional views along the coast in the South and along the Italian riveria stretching from the French border to La Spezia. Here's a look at some of the beautiful sunrise moments captured over at Giardini-Naxos, where the Greeks first cast their shadows and established their colony in Sicily.
Sunrise over a city is just as beautiful, emphasizing the zest of the city as the next photos of Verona show. Can you hear the city waking up too? The clatter of plates and cups during breakfast, the sounds of heels made by hurried footsteps, the chatter of schoolchildren or the news from the radio?
If getting up before daybreak to catch the sunrise is a challenge, how about making a point to watch the sunset? Stay tuned to my next article for the best places to see beautiful sunset.