November 5, 2014 – Noah get the boat!

Due to spotty slow internet, there are no pictures. When I wrote that yesterday I thought I might be able to post it without pictures. Alas, it was not to be. So now we’ve landed in a new place which is quite rustic but does have reasonable WiFi. (Yay!)

Post from Wednesday, November 5

We choose today to depart Venice because the high tide tomorrow (Thursday) is supposed to be higher than today. As is, this morning after the city high water warning alarms woke us at 6:30AM, the water in our canal is ankle deep on the other side. People are walking around with plastic bags on their feet and legs and I see a guy crossing the bridge in fisherman’s waders. A wind blowing up the Adriatic from Africa pushes the water into Venice making the high tide, aqua alta.

First warning - our landlady brings us boots
First warning – our landlady brings us boots

On top of the water flooding the streets and the wind howling there is also rain which falls torrentially off and on. We wait for low tide and brave the elements. It’s not like you can call a taxi to come pick you up. The walk to the Alilaguna stop is not too far away, just down the block and over a couple of bridges but by the time we get to the stop we are soaked through. Plus there is no covered enclosure to wait under.

Luckily we do not melt and we and our sopping luggage catch the boat to the airport.

On the slow boat to the airport. It's probably about a mile away but it takes almost two hours to get there.
On the slow boat to the airport. It’s probably about a mile away but it takes almost two hours to get there.

We pick up our rental car at the airport and drive about a half and hour to a Relais and Gourmet hotel. At least the roads are draining well and are well marked.
Good roads
Good roads
Our hotel
Our hotel

It seems that there is only one person manning the hotel. He checks us in. He waits on our table. In fact, he waits on all the tables. Our room is nice and except for the main course the food is good.

I think moving out from Venice is a good save.

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