We kept our fingers crossed that the little black rain cloud that follows us whenever we camp would finally leave. We got up early and actually saw the sunrise. By the time we ate breakfast the sun was gone and the clouds and rain were back. We persevered and hopped on the first ferry out to the island. We could see the sky was a patchwork of sunshine and clouds so we just hoped for the best.
When we arrived on the island it was just coming to life. There were no tourists except us and we could see the workers bustling around getting their days started. Workers commute to their jobs on bikes pulling carts with the tools of their trade. Delivery boys were scurrying around on bikes with baskets piled with packages. The horse and carriage drivers were arriving at the docks to pick up the first wave of visitors to the island. We were so anxious to get our bikes I didn’t think to take pictures. Too bad because by the time we made it back to town it was wall to wall tourists.
We had a wonderful ride around the island. We had it all to ourselves for the first two hours we were there. It turns out the weather is a lot like Maine…wait a minute and it will change. We started out with clearing skies, then a storm blew in and then the sun came out! All in about two hours!
This island is where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed in 1979. This was one of my favorite movies starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. We couldn’t get too close to the Hotel Grand where the movie was filmed. It is an old Victorian hotel…very high class. They charge 10.00 just to walk on the grounds and I didn’t think the kids would appreciate it. In the evening proper dress (men in coats and women in dresses) is required not just in the hotel but on the street in front. I can’t wait to watch the movie again we get home.