I’m convinced more beautiful sunsets occur in late summer and autumn than any other time of year.

Why? Maybe it’s the sun being lower in the sky for more time each evening. Or light reflecting off fall foliage. Or the variety of clouds due to changing weather.

Photographers call it the “golden hour” — the first and last hour of the day, when the sun bathes the outdoors in warm colors.

So, for sheer enjoyment, here are sunsets from European countries our Bombay Outdoor team loves. These are “places to visit” where buildings, colors, textiles, and shapes inspire us, whether we’re designing lanterns or patio tables. Enjoy!

Beautiful Sunsets in England

We LOVE the shapes of architecture in England! This arched window is in an ancient castle in Cornwall.

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Sunset From a Castle Window: Cornwall, England

On the other side of England, on the North Sea coast, is this arch. It’s the base of the Holbeck Clock Tower located in a public garden.

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Scarborough, England at Sunset

Here’s the top of the Holbeck Clock Tower, built a century ago in Scarborough’s South Cliff Gardens.

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Holbeck Clock Tower, England

This is Plymouth, England, which dates back to the Bronze Age. It’s the place the Pilgrims left in 1607 to start a colony in the New World.

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Plymouth, England at Sunset

Let’s not forget Stonhenge! Radiocarbon dating suggests these stones were raised over 4,000 years ago! We LOVE the rich, mossy texture of the stones.

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Stonehenge: Wiltshire, England

Beautiful Sunsets in France

Like Stonehenge, there are so many images of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. I like this one.

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Paris at Dusk

Zooming in closer, you see details and shapes in Parisian architecture. And to the right of this shot are some rooftop gardens.

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Paris Rooftops

Here’s a street lamp hanging from a lovely branch made of wrought iron.

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A Paris Street Lamp

French sunsets without including a vineyard? Mon Dieu!

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French Vineyard at Sunset

Sunsets in Spain and Italy

Even if you don’t like soccer, there’s so much to love about Spain. Here’s Segovia — an ancient city — with it’s beautiful castle (or Alcázar).

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Alcázar of Segovia

Three hundred miles south, in Granada, is Spain’s Alhambra. It’s an Islamic fortress and palace that dates from the year 889.

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The Alhambra: Granada, Spain

Here’s the river Arno flowing through Florence, Italy.

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Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) in Florence

Florence Cathedral or Il Duomo di Firenze, as it’s usually called. It’s over 800 years old. Full disclosure: This is sunrise, not sunset. It’s still the “Golden Hour” though.

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Il Duomo di Firenze

And finally, a lovely sunset in Venice.

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Venice at Sunset

Have a sunset photo you’re proud of? Feel free to post it on our Bombay Outdoors Facebook Wall. We’d love it!