It’s sunset time…New Year’s Eve. Soon there will be parties, fireworks and all kinds of noisy celebrations. Champagne will flow, music will play and people will seemingly lose their minds as the countdown finishes. The way to see in the new year has become an unrivalled annual event and millions of people around the world try their damnedest to outdo each other (if not themselves) with celebrations every year.
But… who says you have to be with 400,000 people to enjoy New Year’s Eve? There is fun to be had at such events…for sure, and for a lot of people NYE wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for the massive crowds, fireworks and mayhem. But is it the only way to celebrate the new year?
In trying to set this up for you… the video below was taken on NYE at the old Venetian fort in Oia. The night was perfectly still… a tapestry of silky white clouds was rolling in and it was a full moon. With the exception of a young couple that made an appearance for a few minutes there was nobody else there at sunset… something that would seem inconceivable to anyone that has visited Oia during summer. So there we were, a glass of wine… some nice soft music and this:
(the music lasts a little longer than the video so as you can enjoy listening while you read the rest of the post)
The vista was sublime and the whole village was absolutely silent. Even for us that live here… the scene was breathtaking.
After sunset it wasn’t long before the bright full moon peaking through the clouds was creating images that photographers only dream about.
There was no noise…no crowds, no fireworks. Just us… enjoying the most surreal combination of natural beauty overhead, along with the haunting charm of a beautiful village at peace with itself.
It’s times like these that you find yourself thinking – “I know there are better places in the world… I just can’t think of them right now!”
Midnight came… and went. A sip of wine, some nice music, full moon reflecting on the caldera below. Just enough…