Last night as I was closing up the shutters I noticed a thick fog had rolled in around our canal. I wondered what morning would be like. We've had an unusually mild winter so far in Venice- pretty mild temperatures, very little fog, no ice or snow yet, and only one morning of high water. Weird season, actually, but I am not complaining. I'm a summer girl.
In the morning, my first order of business was an appointment at my hairdresser's, Simone. His salon was FREEZING this morning!!! I had checked the weather when I got up, supposed to be 33 degrees F. At Simone's I think it was colder, and my hunch was right, he explained that his caldaia (the water heater) was not working when he arrived earlier. Yikes! I shivered through the whole event.
On my way home from Simone's I noticed a familiar gondola parked right in front of the Frari. Alessandro!!! I haven't seen him since early fall. I looked around to see where he was standing, hoping it really was him today. Sometimes gondoliers who are not working will lend their boats to other gondoliers. This was clearly Sandro's gondola, but where was he? Aha! There he was having a coffee in the window of the cafe at the foot of the bridge. When he spotted me, he waved and motioned for me to come in. We had a coffee together and caught up a bit. I'm excited, he is going to check around to see if any of his friends will be rowing in the Volo in Silenzio on the last night of Carnevale to hopefully secure me a seat in a boat for less money than the official tickets are being sold for. After kisses and hugs, I left Sandro to his work and I headed off to Campo Santa Margherita for a stop at my fish guys.
I love my fish guys! While I waited a few minutes, they peeled and deveined my kilo of gambero (shrimp) for me. Makes my life really simple come dinner time. I also stopped at the vegetable stall, then met Mike at Mood Cafe for a cup of tea and a little light lunch. By this time I was freezing. Today is the coldest day we've had so far. I checked on my iphone- the temperature was now 26 degrees F or -3 C!!!! It wasn't too warm inside Mood either, but better than being outside.
I had one more errand to accomplish before I could get home and warm up. Mike and I both walked together to Giustinian so I could drop off my request for prescriptions at my doctor's office. My doctor has a new system now, which I am very grateful for. Instead of having to wait in the queue at his office each month to renew prescriptions, I can drop off a letter in his mail box, then return the next day to pick up the prescriptions.
On our walk home from the Dottore's office, I snapped a few photos of the unusually low water in the canals today. On a typical day at high tide, the water level is even with the highest dark line you see on the canals. When it's low tide on a normal day, the green area on the canal wall is visible. During this period of very low tide, the water is so low the last stairs are visible.