Rovinj, Croatia a fishing village on the Adriatic

 

Raveinj Morning Boat

Raveinj Morning Boat

Rovinj is a small active fishing town on the far western edge of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea.  Tourism is the primary source of income for the 14,000 or or so residents.  Most residents seem to have rental apartments for tourists.  Our rental apartment had a large balcony facing the old town Rovinj peninsula with its prominent Basilica of St. Euphemia church.  We viewed this peninsula in its ever changing light over seven days.

Rovinj Croatia in Changing Light

Some of these photos were shot from our balcony and the beach immediately in front of our rental.  I’m getting more and more lazy in my photography efforts.  If I can get a good photo without leaving home, so much the better.

Rovinj Morning

 

Rovinj Blue Houre at Twilight

Calm Seas at Blue Hour, Twilight

 

Rovinj Storm Rolls In

Storm rolls into Rovinj.  Long camera shutter exposure was used to smooth the clouds and water.

 

The Wind and the Waves Pick Up

The wind and waves pick up ahead of the storm.  The shutter speed needs to be about 1/1000 to freeze the waves.

 

Rain and lightning arrive at about 1:00AM

Rain and lightning finally strike around 1:00AM.  Lightning can be captured by leaving the shutter open for about 20 seconds.

Because I capture the lightning photographs by leaving the camera shutter open for 20 to 30 seconds, not all this lightning happened at the very same moment, rather all withing the same 20 to 30 seconds.

A Walk Around the Streets in Rovinj

Our daily routine was just like that in all our other towns.  Walk around the town we happen to be visiting, exploring it while looking for a place to have a late lunch.  We eat out only once a day.  Sometimes we select a place to eat, then try to find it.  Alternatively, we can wander the streets, find a nice looking place in the shade, then check it out on Trip Advisor.  We happened to eat at a restaurant at the end of this narrow walkway below.  The menus are largely the same or very similar from place to place.  All restaurants have whitefish, sea bass, bream, cuttlefish, squid, salmon and octopus.  The side dishes which accompany them are often indistinguishable.  Only three times in six months have we had a salad dressing other than vinegar and olive oil.  Salads are also all very similar.  Never any iceberg lettuce, always what they call rocket.  It is not like you have the choice to have Mexican, Chinese or Thai today.  Want some pizza?  You will always be able to find some but with canned corn as a topping.  While those tourists on vacation for 10 or so days, think it is all wonderful, after several months one begins to desire some variety.

 

Rovinj Arched Walkway

Rovinj Arched Walkway

The pink and red of the cafe is reflected onto the cobblestone walkway.  For a  guy raised in a town with no more than ten years of history when I was born and nothing but cement sidewalks, these old buildings and stone walkways are always intriguing.

Cobblestone Streets of Rovinj

Cobblestone Streets of Rovinj

The light reflecting off of the yellow walls provided a golden tone to the cobblestones.  While there were different types of stone, all were worn smooth from many years of wear.

 

Life in Rovinj Revolves Around the Sea

For tourists, and locals alike life in Rovenj revolves around the sea.  It brings in the tourists, it brings in the food.  In the morning, tourists begin to stake out their spots on the rocks for the day.  When zoomed in, it is apparent the two men in the shadows are drinking beer.  I had not yet even had breakfast!

Rovinj Swimming Hole

Rovinj Swimming Hole

Never did I see large fishing vessels.  Most boats were so small it seemed like just two people would get in the way of each other.

Fisherman Prepares his Net

Fisherman prepares his net

 

Rocking the Boat

Rocking the Boat

 

Rovinj Morning

Rovinj Morning

Many of the above building apartments are available for rent and others are homes of the locals.  No lawn to mow and apparently no pressure to keep up outside maintenance.  Lunch is at your doorstep and your clothesline is just outside your bedroom window.  No traffic jams, not even a stop light.  A simply life for those with simple needs.  We very much enjoyed our week in Rovinj, Croatia.

 

Next we visit a Croatian National Park.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Rovinj, Croatia a fishing village on the Adriatic

  1. Seems like a place I would like, the simple and the beauty. The walkways are also of interest to me along with the fresh fish. Great pics Harold.

  2. I’m ready to go back there right now. I love everything about Croatia. Glad u got to experience all of its wonders. I really enjoy ur blog of ur travels, keep up the good work. ; )

  3. I sympathize with your desire for more diversity in food. It seems like the menus are all the same after several weeks in a country. But I have come to realize the menus are pretty similar at home also, but it doesn’t get boring because we don’t eat out every day. I love salads at home, but I am not a fan of rocket or oil and vinegar either.

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