Monday, August 25, 2008

Alesund, Norway


Here we are docked at the art nouveau city of Alesund, Norway. Wandering the streets of this town is a joy to anyone who likes elaborate windows, turrets, and frescos of painted fruits & flowers on almost every building! Much of the city is "new" having suffered a devastating fire in the early 1900s, as was the case in many Norwegian towns that were constructed of wood. Alesund was lucky in that there was only one death. Lucky, too, because Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany used to summer near there and he provided the materials and labor to rebuild the town.



Our travels took us to the top of Mt. Aksla for a panoramic view of the city. In the center of the first photo, you can see our ship, the Eurodam. Way off in the distance in the second photo, you can see some snow on the mountains. All in all, the weather was beautiful here-not too hot, not too cold.

Next: Another scenic visit.

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