A Small Town – Stories from the Mediterranean Armerun
by Ivana Surać

A Small Town – Stories from the Mediterranean Armerun

Malo misto ( A Small Town)

Our old coastal cities and small towns are not unlike our like old friends. The younger one looking up to the older one.

The same construction plan.

The same narrow streets (kale).

The same main square (pjaca) accompanied by a church.

The same port, or at least a small mandracchio, a sheltered harbor where fishing boats rock on the sea’s waves.

In a small town, everything looks like it does in a big town, but everything is smaller and warmer – more romantic.

Malo Misto - A Small Town

Small towns are special communities with their own unique rules, customs, and culture. In small towns, sounds of the daily humdrum, shouting, laughter, and crying, are part of everyday life. But nights are calm and quiet, peaceful, and mild.

Most such places lie on the Mediterranean coast. Their small boats, fishermen, lazy cats, olive trees, and all that characterize the Mediterranean attract millions of tourists each year.

Unfortunately, these small settlements are often transformed into tourist centres, and consequently lose their ‘small town’ spirit. However, there are still some small towns in Croatia that have managed to preserve the colors, tastes, sounds, and identity of the Mediterranean as it once was.

Those towns keep attracting attention by remaining what they are and what they should be.

You can see what these “small towns” looked like once upon a time, and what they look like today in Spanish, Greek, Italian, French, and other Mediterranean movies.

To take a closer look, just watch any of the masterpieces like Bonjour tristesse (1958), L’avventura (1960), Mediteraneo (1991). In those movies, you can find many symbols and expressions that appear in the book “Mediterranean Armerun – Adriatic letters and images“.

There is even an old Croatian television series that exceptionally depicts what a “small town” is and what authentic life in such places looked like. It’s the series “Naše Malo Misto (Our Small Town)” by the Mediterranean author Miljenko Smoje.

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