Brela – Day 2

Post originally written June 20th…

After rising early yesterday, we had a great night’s sleep, with the windows open and the churn of the sea as our lullaby.  I haven’t slept with windows open to the ocean since family vacations in Mexico when I was a little boy, so this was a real treat.

We hit the ground this morning and set forth working in the kitchen.  Toast, soft-boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh cherries, coffee and cappuccino were the order of the day.  It was the perfect base for a late morning breakfast that gave way to an excellent day on the beach.

We spent the day a 20 minute walk from our apartment, at Punta Rata.  There were no rats to be seen but the beach was great.  No pretense, just lots of small rocks, light surf and partly cloudy skies.  We enjoyed swimming with little NH there.  The water is lots warmer here than anything we experienced in Italy last month. The afternoon was interrupted by a quick rain shower, but we sought shelter in the caves in the rocks behind the beach.  10 minutes later, we were back enjoying the sun and wondering what we ever did to get this lucky.

Finally, as I’m writing this, my belly is warm with sour cherry liqueur (Visnjak) and delicious Croatian grappa.  Silva knocked on our door shortly after we got back from the beach to check and see how everything was going.  She then invited us for the aforementioned toddies.  Yum, yum, yum.  And what a neat lady.  These trips always teach you something.  Who knew I’d see a little bit of myself in a Grandmother born in Croatia.

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