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Phileas Fogg

Once or twice a year, there is fog to be found on Mallorca’s roads. Years ago, some friends of ours came to visit, flying in from Germany. Palma International airport was closed for about five hours, first thing in the morning, and their flight had to be re-routed to Ibiza. Instead of 08h00 in the morning, they finally landed in Palma at 14h30.

The fog last night was not quite as bad. The foggy conditions on the motorway from Palma to Llucmajor were only intermittent and again, between Campos and Felanitx, where I live. Driving a car in foggy conditions is not the best setting for taking photos of the fog, and I must admit that my wife got cross and worried when I could not resist the temptation. The resulting image is not half as good as the visual impression that I had whilst driving my car but there you are. Nobody said taking photographs was easy.

Just in case you feel mislead about my Phileas Fogg reference, take it easy. Jules Vernes is said to have based his novel Clovis Dardentor on the Coves del Drac in Porto Cristo and thus, must have visited the island. Phileas Fogg never visited Mallorca; his character was fictional.

Postscript: Five aeroplanes could not land at PMI airport this morning between 08h30 and 09h15 and had to be diverted. So it was pretty bad fog, after all.

The photo was taken near Campos, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 13th, 2011. The time was 22:31:07.

3 replies »

  1. Apologies as my reply doesn’t relate to this subject.
    Wanted to express upset at Tamarells Bar in Port Colom allegedly being pulled down to make way for an appartment block. Apparently this building was “slightly” protected but now isn’t. Another example of how, Porto Colom, one of the last remaining jewells in Majorca’s crown, is being slowly destroyed. It’s not a particularly beautiful building but it is in keeping with the rest of the sea front building there.

    • hi lesley,
      no need for apologies. as far as i understand, this is yesteryear’s news. the building had been sold and was meant to be developed by the never-enough greedy brigade. planning permission for the new project was not given the go-ahead, though, and the deal fell through. as far as i understand, tamarells bar is safe for the moment.
      of course, with the current conservative majority in felanitx, mallorca and spain, nothing is safe forever. we must continue to keep our fingers crossed.
      regards,
      klaus

  2. great news about Tamarells.
    You should have seen the fog this morning around the magaluf area, coming in from the sea. We couldn’t tee off at Poniente Golf for about 40 mins until it cleared.
    Then, what a day – that’s one reason we live here.

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