|Well this morning we both felt that at last we have a fundamental understanding of the layout of the Old Town and in addition feel that we would prefer to stay in the confines of these walls and relax. The thought of hitting the highways and Expressways can wait until tomorrow when we are schedules to drive to Bled in Slovenia on these coastal roads.
We awoke about 6am with the intention of swimming before day break at 6:21am but that didn't happen. Yesterday we asked a young ticket seller at the boat excursion wharf to identify any swimming spots and she was at a loss to help even though she had grown up in Rovinj. She was a non swimmer and said that there were none in this area. Well we did find an amazing area around Mulini Beach 500 metres away from our apartment and spent an hour enjoying the joys of this location.
The beaches are all pebble based and although we missed the sand between our toes, the advantages of the Croatia beaches are according to MW - soft silky water, aqua marine blue water that has a clarity that allows the sea floor to be seen, no seaweed, no stingers (although Ian was bitten on the instep of his left foot by an unknown hungry fish), buoyancy, exhilaration and deep joy.
The beach facilities in Rovinj (and Croatia in general are well designed and constructed and provide patrons with excellent service such as beach lounges with pillows, bean bags and umbrellas and allow you to stay all day with drinks and food available from nearby food stands. This was a real Bucket list experience and one to remember for long time, after I upload these photos perhaps tonight.