Apparently, right now is the most depressing time of the year. The combination of dark mornings, dreich weather, and the return to normal duties after the excitement of New Year. The arrival of credit card bills, the failure of resolutions for better health and fitness, and well, just …January. All these factors combine into what the media had dubbed Blue Monday, the flattest and most listless day of the year.
But, so-called Blue Monday got me thinking about the blues, and the dazzling array of blues that coloured my stay in Bermuda last winter. The sea wasn’t just azure, it was turquoise, cobalt, indigo, and ultramarine. Sugar-cube cottages, hibiscus flowers and and whispy-white clouds contrasted skies that were cerulean and sapphire.
The first settlers on Bermuda found their way ashore in 1609, when the Sea Venture was wrecked on the reef, inspiring Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. And the famous pink-sand beaches, tinted by the crushed shells of tiny crustaceans, are every bit a castaway fantasy. Although locals might pass on swimming in the sea during the winter, low water temperatures are similar to what would be a great summer day at the beach back in the UK, so there’s no competition for a spot on the beach. And there’s more than 30 beaches to choose from.
Located at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean, the islands were visited by ships sailing between Britain, the Caribbean, and North America, leaving a rich maritime history. Perfect for a winter get-away, and a great way to beat the blues.