Growing up in Oregon, rain was a way of life. Umbrellas? Never used them! Rain is normal, and even comforting.
While the record amounts of rain here on Hvar this past week was unusual, it's been beautiful.
We finally left the house today to run some errands in Stari Grad.
Lo and behold, the gray clouds began to change, literally as I sat in the car waiting for Dave!
And by the time we got to Hvar Town, it was as if there'd never been any clouds or rain, ever!
No matter how much of an Oregonian I am, used to rain and clouds, it's amazing how sunshine and blue sky perk up a day. Even in December, when Christmas trees adorn the square!
I had to chuckle at the dog, out taking himself for a walk. No owner in sight. Maybe he needed some sunshine today too!
The sunshine was out in full force by the time we walked onto the square.
Mind you though, the temperature was around 45 F./ 7 C. So it's not warm unless you're standing directly in the sunshine!
We admired the work going on at the old Palace Hotel, undergoing a complete renovation. I found this article about it - it's going to be amazing when it's finished!
We needed to film a short video for one of our supporting churches, so wandered down the back streets to find a quiet place to do that.
I can't believe we didn't think to take a picture after doing it! This will have to do - a "still" from the video!
Wandering back down to the riva, we could see everything was sparkling in the afternoon sunshine!
It's almost as if the town itself sighed in relief to be sun-drenched instead of rain-drenched (you can see the water still lingering on the stones from rain earlier in the day).
Oh how pretty it was to see blue sky and wispy white clouds again!
We've never been to the top of another one of the hotels right there on the riva, so went up today to have a look.
By the time we came out, the town was sparkling in a different way.
In all the Decembers that we've visited here, I've never seen all of the palm trees decked out in Christmas lights!
It was so much prettier than my phone camera can capture!
We ended our day with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in town, Mizzarola.
They've changed locations since we were last here, but the food and service were just as wonderful as always!
I try to find things to be thankful for every day, and today it was definitely for sunshine and blue sky cheering our bodies and souls!