Day 9 - late afternoon
As the boat slowly made its way towards Fishermen's Island, this tiny island appeared just like a picture out of a travel brochure with its beautiful vistas and church’s tower rising high above the buildings in the middle of Lake Maggiore! While looking at the shadows of the yellow colored houses reflecting perfectly on the lake’s surface, I couldn’t wait to set foot on this island and discover its beauty!
After explaining to us at what time and where we would be picked up, Michel and I disembarked the small craft and made our way towards the tourist crowd that had gathered at the pier. These people were either waiting for their boat ride to bring them back to the mainland or simply browsing at the small boutiques selling handmade craft products!
Close to the shore, several small local restaurants provided meals such as the catch of the day or a variety of Italian food such as pizza! Glancing around me, it was now becoming evident that the traditional fishing occupation still existed on this tiny island and that it wore its name "Fishermen’s Island" perfectly well even though tourism had become a daily part of its economic life! Interesting!
The island was about 375 meters long by 100 meters wide so needless to say, I surely didn’t worry of getting lost even if I wanted to! Since we only had one hour to spend here and since I really wanted to walk all around the island, without wasting any precious minutes, we quickly made our way down a narrow street. Funny looking trees lined up on both sides of it along the island’s shore.
Within seconds, we were at one end of this tiny island where an inviting park with a couple of benches to sit on provided us with amazing views of what stood right in front of us!
In the far, far distance, the Alps with their snow-capped summits reflected on the lake’s surface while the hazy blue colored sky gave it a mystical appearance. At this hour of the day, the sun’s light made the landscape extremely beautiful to watch with all of the shadows! From where I stood, I could even see our hotel in the distance.
Continuing on with our little exploration of the island, the east side of it was pretty much deserted. Tables and chairs lay on top of one another, a good indication of the restaurant being closed. This suited me perfectly well because it allowed me to do whatever I wanted to do without being bothered by anyone plus the views were quite fantastic!
Looking at small boulder rocks of various sizes and heights along the island’s shore, we decided to make a game of it by jumping all over them without falling into the lake of course! Nearby, a couple of ducks swam in the shallow ends unbothered by our presences!
Unless we climbed over a locked gate in order to circle the entire island along the shore, we couldn’t continue on this pathway! Looking ahead of me, this pathway led directly to a small cliff’s edge making me apprehensive and hesitant in pursuing this route even though Michel was all up for it! Now, was I being the wisest one or becoming too old for these kinds of things! Ha, ha, ha!
Another route was taken, this one being kind of a shortcut or a narrow alley of approximately four feet wide cutting in between the very old buildings! Michel followed me and within minutes, we were back to square one, having circled a good three quarters of the entire island. This tells you how small it was!
Fifteen minutes to spare, we passed the time just doing nothing and enjoying the scenic panoramic views of Lake Maggiore in front of us. I was pleased of having had the opportunity of coming here on this tiny island and discovering by myself its charms and beauty. By the way, Fishermen’s Island had a population of 32. Interesting facts!
As promised, our boat was there on time to pick us up for our way back to the mainland. This time around, another couple boarded the boat but since they sat at the front of the boat while we chose the back, I had as much fun taking pictures mind that this time around, the breeze was a little bit cooler!
Back on land and since it was still early, we decided to continue our little stroll down the street and see what more this small impressive town of Baveno had to offer us!Monique :-)