In the healthy, rosy glow of sunshine, Bale was even more beautiful. Entering the 'old town' through a gorgeous castle arch accessed from the main square, we had a great view of the Romanesque church.
Built in the late 1800's, the church boasts a crypt dating to the 10th century. Being Canadian, dates like these are so fascinating. Here, we think buildings are old if they have made it to their nineties! It was a welcome shift to enter so old and well-established a history as that which we had the chance to interact with on a daily basis.
A plaque on one wall boasts a very famous visitor. Dedicated to the famed Cassanova, it recounts the sordid tale of the lover's local conquests. It is hard to imagine a more romantic setting for so determined a suitor!
In the Istrian peninsula, the Venetian architectural influence is very marked. The castle at Bale is no exception. Venetian-inspired windows and balconies are very common.
The area surrounding Bale is rife with olive groves and vineyards.
While driving by that day, we spotted a wild peacock in a field. Every turn, every corner, brought new adventures, new experiences that I will always treasure.