Miami Beach, Florida, United States
A prime hunting ground for gigolos, bikini beauties and surf enthusiasts, Miami Beach is also more than worth the trip for its absolutely glorious sunsets. Where historic Art Deco quarter meets miles and miles of pristine white beach, Florida’s subtropical beauty is offset to perfection by the sky’s intense color gradients and enchanting transformation.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The largest ever love story told in stone, Agra’s Taj Mahal pays homage to Mumtaz Mahal, first wife and essential confidante of Great Mogul Shan Jahan. Straight after her death in 1631 – while giving birth to her fourteenth child – construction began on her 58 x 56 meter mausoleum, placed on a 100 x 100 meter marble foundation.
And while its location is no secret to the hordes of tourists and archeologists who flock to this stunning site in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh every year, plenty of rumors continue to surround the erection of this romantic monument. To date, we are still not certain when the Taj Mahal was finally finished – and if we should believe reports that all of the craftsmen involved (more than 20,000 in all) lost a hand after completion, while the architects even lost their lifes to prevent potential replica structures. In 1983, the marvel of human ingenuity and its 18 hectare garden joined the ranks of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. To this day, the Taj Mahal remains a popular destination for recently married Indian couples in search of strong and lasting love. Mightily impressive throughout the day, the Taj Mahal truly comes into its own during the twilight hours.
Just like the Taj Mahal, the town of Oia, on the Greek island of Thira, can also look back on a long history. Mentioned by scholars prior to the Venetian reign of the 13th century, Oia soon rose to riches due to its strategic position as a sea trading post in the eastern Mediterranean – and its copious wine production. This pleasant and lucrative period, however, came to an end with the advent of steam shipping and a shift of trade to Piraeus harbor on the Greek mainland, which remains one of the Mediterranean’s most bustling shipping sites. In order to rescue the crumbling idyll from decline, in 1976 Oia joined the Greek tourist board’s campaign for the preservation and development of traditional settlements. Now fully restored and often also repurposed, the picturesque results house upmarket hotels and restaurants and command some of Greece’s highest property values. Nostalgic tourists appreciate the authentic whitewashed architecture offset by the sky and sea’s azure hues – an amazing backdrop for the setting sun.
Trocadéro, Paris, France
Offering one of the prettiest views of the French capital, the Palais de Chaillot was originally erected on the foundations of the former Palais de Trocadéro to mark the upcoming 1937 World Fair. Back then, city planners decided to leave a generous space between the two wings of the Palais – a stroke of luck for lovers of beautiful cityscapes! Now, the site presents unhindered views of the Jardins du Trocadéro’s stunning terraces with their elegant fountains – and far beyond to the Pont d’Iéna, the Eiffel Tower, the Field of Mars, and all the way down to the Ecole Militaire.
The Dutch capital is the perfect place for end-of-day solar delights. Thanks to more canals than Paris and more bridges than Venice – 1200 and counting! – Amsterdam exudes a laid-back romance that encourages leisurely strolls at dusk, from bridge to bridge, to soak up the sun’s last golden rays and the city’s unique flair.
Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
Most people have seen images of the annual firework displays that light up Sydney’s Harbour Bridge at New Year’s Eve – but this outsized „coat hanger“ (as the locals like to call it affectionately) also offers great views up close, especially in the setting sun. At 1149 meters long, 49 meters wide, and 503 meters high, you might need to share the moment with eight lanes of traffic, two train tracks, a bike lane, and some fellow pedestrians, but the glittering view of Sydney’s skyline more than makes up for the hassle!
Taking a gondola ride in Venice might sound like the epitome of corny, but if you are willing to throw your preconceptions overboard, an outing at sunset, singing gondolier in tow, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Anyone prone to sea-sickness – or with an overly sensitive kitsch-detector – can get their dose of Italian romance at the Ponte dell’Accademia instead!
Text: Alexandra Schade
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