We've been enveloped in fog yesterday and today, more forecasted for tomorrow. One day last week we had fog as bad as we had today. This time of year fog is common here. It settles down on the canals and calles, creating an almost eery setting. It also brings with it a cold and dampness that just chills you to the bone.
These past two mornings, the fog was so dense that several vaporetto routes were cancelled. Yesterday, I got up and set out for my normal physical therapy session at FateBeneFratelli. I walked from the apartment to the Sant'Andrea boat stop, only to find it was barricaded closed, with a sign indicating that the boats would be running from Piazzale Roma this morning, due to fog. A causa di Nebbia, is what the sign said-- because of fog. So, I hobbled my way around to Piazzale Roma, only to discover that the #52 was completely cancelled, and the #42 was only making stops at Fondamenta Nove, not at St. Alvise or Madonna Dell'Orto. If the boat wasn't stopping at Orto, I had no way to get to therapy. Well, there was a way, I could have hired a water taxi for 50-60 Euros. Residents pay the same water taxi rates as tourists. I paid less than that amount for 20 therapy sessions! I decided to just hobble home.
Today, in order to save me time running around with my cane, Mike volunteered to go to Piazzale Roma to see if the boats were running. When he got to Sant'Andrea, he called me. Yes, boats were running, the stop was open, and people at the stop verified that the boats were stopping there. Excellent. I got myself out of the apartment on time and did the walk to Sant'Andrea. There, tied to the ticket machine was a big sign- Chiuso a causa di Nebbia. Closed because of fog. It also said the #42 and #52 lines were running from Piazzale Roma. In the twenty minutes between Mike going to check and me getting to the boat dock, the stop had been closed. I hobbled my way to Piazzale Roma where I was told no #52 boat this morning, but the #42 was running, and was stopping at Madonna dell'Orto on a regular schedule. Yahoo. I got on the boat, and made my way to Orto.
I have no idea how these boat drivers manage on mornings like this. When I got off the boat at Madonna dell'Orto, I took a couple of photos so I could share them here. The first photo is a view looking off to where you SHOULD be able to see Murano and San Michelle. If you didn't know where they should be, you would never even know they existed!
The next shot is looking towards Fondamenta Nove. Can't see a thing, except the back of the vaporetto I had just gotten off.
This third shot is looking to the left from the Orto boat dock, in the direction of St. Alvise.