Friday, July 11, 2014


Two claps of thunder, five minutes of rain, a pause for brilliant sunshine then another clap of thunder and three more minutes of rain - that was enough to cause chaos in Modica Bassa yesterday morning.  The "storm" sent everybody scurrying back into town from the sea for the duration and, being modicani, those who usually travel on their motorbikes abandoned them for their cars. No one, naturally, considered catching a bus.

This would have caused a traffic jam in the old town anyway, but with the closure for maintenance work of the Ponte Guerrieri, one of the main arteries into the city and the highest road bridge in Europe until the French spoilt it by building a higher one a few years ago, it was a disaster.

Now the Mayor has promised that the bridge will reopen in September, which is rather strange as the maintenance contract runs until the end of December, so no one's betting on it.

Meanwhile, how about bus lanes and an efficient bus service with a revolutionary commitment to taking people where they actually want to go?

Ponte Guerrieri, Modica


Whispering Walls said...

Wouldn't be great if that collapsed on you or with you!

Lee said...

I'm not sure, but I think I'd freak out having to cross that particular bridge when I came to it!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It certainly wouldn't, WW! I nearly did at first, too, Lee!

Liz Hinds said...

that is one scary-looking bridge!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It is rather, Liz!

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Buses generally do take you where you want to go, in my experience.

Trouble is, they try to take everybody where they want to go, and there's only one round these parts at least, the bus takes just over an hour to get into the nearest town...which is seven miles away. So nobody uses it.

There must be an answer, but I don't know what it is.

PS No doubt the French are spoilsports, and your bridge looks splendid (if rather scary) but hey, the Millau Viaduct is cool, is it not?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, WY. I assure you that here, the buses do not go where people want them to! New shopping centres and all sorts of buildings spring up but no one in authority thinks about transport links and then they wonder why no one goes to these places. The French viaduct does look impressive. Have you been on it?


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