My favourite time of day here is the early morning, especially in the heat of a Hvar summer. It’s fresh and cool then, the water surface is like polished glass, and we get soft lighting low from the east. What a perfect time to take the camera for a walk!
The houses in the pjaca are lit up, but the facade of Sveta Marija won’t see the sun until later in the afternoon. On the other hand… around the back of this unusual fortified church, the feathery shadows of palm trees make an interesting pattern on the otherwise blank high stone walls.
Down on the waterfront, the bakeries open at 6:30 am, a perfect time to pick up fresh pastries and bread for breakfast. My favourite is always the walnut (orah), but the chocolate (čokolada) is also rather tasty!
The water tends to be beautifully calm at this time, giving unbroken reflections. And the low sun shines directly into the harbour for a fine effect. I could wish there weren’t so many cars parked there, but on the other hand, the swifts are a good addition to the view!
Turning into the labyrinth of paths and steps that serve as streets here, there are some lovely details lit by the glancing sun. No lazing cats at this time of day, but the roofs and stonework are interesting.
There are some lovely walled gardens amongst the houses – it all looks very green, even at the end of the summer. These pomegranates will be ripe soon.
The bells of Sveti Lovran are much louder than they appear! Rung resoundingly each morning and evening at 6:30, and every half hour on a Sunday morning, they can be heard from some distance. Which is, I guess, the point. In contrast, the more massive Sveta Marija sounds a small delicate bell on the hour – the clock at the end of our street as I call it.