Places to Go

Rovigno…

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Rovigno has been on my list of favourite places since my first visit there twelve years ago. Like Grisignana, it is a city of arts and crafts, built around history, and wrapped up in the deep marine blue Adriatic sea…

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First there are the market stalls to tempt you at the base of the city…

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…and then the winding narrow roads wind up and around in a circular way past tiny shops with slivers of a sea blue view to keep you going…

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…until at the top of the hill the whole view opens up below the campanile of Santa Eufemia’s church.

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(Photo by Miss G.!)

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Of course there have to be sightings for our family scavenger hunt:

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..the big anchor… (photo by Miss G.),

 

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… and our favourite, the lion of Venice…

…and then the long walk down the other side of the town…

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These photos are my favourite – tiny glimpses into the private worlds and lives of people who live every day on the edge of this amazing place.  I stop and imagine a life completely different from my own, and yet not so far away as to be impossible…

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…dancing lions?…

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…another lion (are you keeping track?  I think we’ve lost count…)

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(…even the door knockers have lions…)

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We walk past one lovely and amazing scene after another, until we find the perfect seaside restaurant for a hot and hungry family with an amazing marina view…

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…and order the perfect lunch to recover from all our walking in the noon day sun – pizza and limonata followed by gelato (of course!)

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The food almost didn’t last long enough to be photographed, and the view from the restaurant was spectacular.

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Rovigno is a sweet seaside town that weaves a spell on me every time I visit – I know this one won’t be my last…

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…and of course, one more lion before we’re through…

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On the way back to the car our littlest adventurer (who had worn his captain’s hat proudly all through the day)…

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…was saluted by Italian sailors working on their boat… (“Commandante!”)

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…and instantly returned the salutation: “Aye aye captain!”
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(Photo by Miss G.!)

 

These moments are hard to beat – life is really filled with joy, if we can only see past the smog and sadness to the sparkling light…

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