Our beautiful dinner inside the old town of Lipari yesterday was another opportunity to get to know Sicilian cuisine. A light-hearted evening was then an evening of deep sleep and also 8 am today I stuck my head out of the boat: another gorgeous day! Everyone was still sleeping and so i had about an hour and half simply to walk into town and catch another glimpse of picturesque Lipari. I mailed my postcards and picked up some fresh locally grown oranges for that gang in the boat.
Once back with the boat, my co-travellers Herbert, Claudia and that i were ready for one more excursion: a driving tour of Lipari. Herbert is really a German TV travel journalist and it is about to bring a television crew to Sicily next year to film the Italian language learning experience aboard a sailboat offered by Laboratorio Linguistico. Naturally he has to scout out the various locations to check into sights ofinterest and lighting, and facilities %u2013 every one of the factors that may have a bearing on the shoot.
He had asked our captain Francesco to plan for a nearby guide who will drive him around the island and generously invited Claudia and me into the future along. Our driver Pasquale Liberatore (such a great name), a Lipari resident, arrived punctually at 9: 30 am to choose us up on the Lipari pleasure craft harbour to take us over a tour through this beautiful island.
Pasquale packed us into his vehicle and off we went. His personal story, incidentally, is also quite interesting: Pasquale was born and grew up in Lipari after which in the lat 1950s his family emigrated toAustralia and Melbourne, where you will find a large community of southern Italian émigrés. Southern Italy underwent real economic hardship after World War II, and several hundreds of thousands of individuals emigrated from your mainland along with the islands. Pasquale spent a couple of decades australia wide but since the only person from his immediate family, he returned to Lipari to have here. He has now been back for about 15 years and loves living here although he occasionally misses his sisters and brothers in addition to their families that are still surviving in Australia. Of course he speaks excellent English, and that is certainly how he markets himself %u2013 Pasquale, the English-speaking cab driver and tour guide.
The initial place he took us to had been a village north of Lipari called Canneto that has a beautiful waterfront location, draped around a horseshoe-shaped bay. We decided to catch just a little late breakfast first, and i also really enjoyed my refreshing lemon granita, a normal Sicilian specialty crushed ice that comes in a number of flavours, a wonderful idea for starting off the time. Herbert enjoyed a brand new croissant plus an espresso.
On our way out of your bar, parked from the lungomare, the waterfront promenade, a nearby fisherman was selling fresh fish he caught this morning out of a bit three-wheeled cargo vehicle. He shouted out of the names of the fish using a peculiar cadence which was likely to attract the attention of passers-by. This is a thing I noticed about Sicily: street selling, particularly of fish, produce and other edible products, remains to be a favorite way of marketing’s merchandise.
We continued our drive for the white pumice quarries that Lipari is known for. This volcanic stone can be used for the production of cement, as an abrasive along with a cosmetic exfoliant. Pumice can be a highly porous, extremely light-weight, usually white stone that may be formed during volcanic eruptions. Just a couple of dozen meters out of the pumice quarries we stopped to discover another type of volcanic stone: obsidian, or volcanic glass, which is a darkdense and brown, virtually opaque and high substance.
Pasquale explained that this chemical makeup of obsidian and pumice is essentially the identical, but that they are ejected some other temperatures during volcanic eruptions. Obsidian has been used for eons simply because of its flint-like quality it could be shaped into spear and blades tips along with other cutting instruments. Today obsidian is even used in terms of surgical scalpels which produce less trauma than steel scalpels. Another less high-tech consumption of obsidian is really as a gemstone, and several stores inside the Eolian Islands sell jewelry crafted from this volcanic glass.
We came across the northern tip of Lipari where a beautiful view opened up toward the region of Salina. Pasquale took us up a mountain path to the Santuario di Chiesa Vecchia di Quattropani, a beautiful country church found on a hill using a phenomenal view over some of the Eolian Islands. While we were standing through the railing of your terrace, a jet fighter flew by at what looked like supersonic speed, literally a few meters on top of the water. Once we realized the location where the booming sound was provided by it was already disappearing in the horizon.
Another fifteen minutes further about the west side of your island we stopped in an abandoned kaolin quarry. Kaolin can be a silica-based mineral which is used in the creation of ceramics, as a food additive and also being an ingredient in toothpaste. Everything was blooming around here, and yellow and purple flowers lit up the crags overlooking the ocean.
With the southern tip of Lipari we stopped with a parking area beside a non-public village and had a phenomenal look at the nearby island of Vulcano. We could even begin to see the columns of sulphur fumes emanating from your fissures near the crater with this still active volcano. A flat stretch of land called Vulcanello is found before the main island of Vulcano. This portion of the island appeared only about 2000 in the past in a volcanic eruption. Volcanism continues to be reshaping our planet all around here.
We had seen virtually every corner on this small Pasquale and island dropped us off near downtown Lipari. This guided tour offered by a local expert was a great way of learning the island of Lipari. Claudia and so i headed straight for an outdoor restaurant on the piazza by Marina Corta along with a well-deserved lunch and another nice stroll through town before we started to head back to our sailboat.
Around 3 pm we said goodbye to Lipari and set up sail for the next destination: Vulcano. On our way our skipper Francesco took us past some quite interesting rock formations in the southern end of Lipari. One protruding rock column was reminiscent of a praying pope while several tall isolated rocks grew right out of your sea looking at Lipari. We circled around on the eastern side of Vulcano and dropped anchor within the bay in front of Porto di Levante, the sole landing place on the island. Several ferry boats were making their entries to and exits through the bay, and many other sailboats were anchored far away in the island.
Now the time had come for your Italian lesson: for just two hours inside the late afternoon I, Agnieszka and Claudia were studying concepts like the Italian Condizionale plus the Congiuntivo within the guidance of the expert teacher Franco. You might definitely be hard-pressed to discover a more stimulating environment to study Italian than a sailboat anchored in a beautiful bay in Southern Italy.
The wonderful thing about this sailing trip has been to date that it has been a nearly perfect immersion in Italian, where we are hearing the language throughout the day and both our teachers communicate only in Italian around. This concept is really as near to full immersion as one can imagine, and the learning process is quite intense and fast.
To the evening we stayed in the boat and watched a wonderful sunset which bathed the complete scene in hues of purple and pink. After our on-board dinner we retreated outside where Agnieszka, a gifted singer, and Franco, an excellent guitar player, teamed up and entertained us with numerous soulfully delivered classics.
Located on a sailboat at night, by candlelight, in the beautiful bay of Vulcano, listening to the touching melodies of two gifted artists, was actually a magical, almost spiritual experience. I did’nt want this moment to end, though i knew tomorrow would be our last day for this sailing trip.