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    • Day 39

      Norway: Ålesund

      August 19, 2023 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      So as a newly engaged couple, we left the hiking and the mountains behind us and headed to Ålesund, a town on the west coast of Norway. The name Ålesund we were told (by a Norwegian on our hike) means Eel Sound ('sound' as in water passage). I think this place is aptly named as what can be seen from my photos is how the water snakes its way around many islands in an eel-like fashion. The first night in Ålesund we could've spent phoning people to let the wide world know about our engagement, buuuuuut the Bokke were playing Wales and we had bought tickets to go and watch a local country band performing top American Country hits by Johnny Cash and the like. So engagement news was put on hold for a night. The Bokke thankfully smashed Wales and it was off to the Theatre Fabriken for the gig. The gig was good fun! Emz and I were definitely the youngest in attendance at this gig though by a looooong shot! It turns out the Norwegians like to dance though, so we got to sokkie and our heads must've looked like blonde and brunette boats, bobbing amongst the sea of greys and whites.
      The walk to the gig did give us a good view of the town and I think it was the best town we visited in Norway and would recommend the town to anyone visiting Norway. It is far smaller and also feels far less touristy than Bergen, yet still has really beautiful architecture and the beauty of all the little islands in the sounds.
      The next day we spent the morning engaging with the uninformed family and friends about our engagement. This was met with a lot of enthusiasm which was great from both family parties!😁 We then did another hike (yep, we can't seem to get enough of these bloody things!), but just to the view point over the city as can be seen from the photos. We also wanted to have a nice engagement supper in celebration, but forgot that it was a Sunday and in continental Europe, EVERYTHING seems to come to standstill on a Sunday! Or maybe we are the spoilt ones living in London where nothing is ever closed, who knows🤷🏻‍♂️ So the engagement supper was put on hold for now. Overall a great little town and one we both thoroughly enjoyed visiting!
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    • Day 2


      November 14, 2023 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

      Am zweiten Tag unserer Reise legen wir um 9.45 in Alesund an.

      Heute gilt Ålesund als Jugendstilmekka Europas und zieht Architekturfans aus der ganzen Welt in ihren Bann.

      In einer Winternacht 1904 legt ein Feuer Ålesund fast komplett in Schutt und Asche und mehr als 10.000 Menschen verlieren ihr Heim.
      Doch schon Tage später beginnt der Wiederaufbau. Dutzende Architekten aus ganz Norwegen geben der Hafenstadt ein neues Gesicht – und zwar im Jugendstil, dem vorherrschenden Baustil der damaligen Zeit. Das besondere: Ganz untypisch für Skandinavien verzichten die Bauherren komplett auf Holz. Nie wieder soll ein Brand der Stadt etwas anhaben können

      Möglich war das auch durch großzügige Hilfe aus Deutschland: Kaiser Wilhelm II., ein großer Freund und Kenner Norwegens, schickte sofort nach dem Feuersturm vier Schiffe mit Hilfsgütern an die Fjordküste. Das Andenken an „Wilhelm Zwo“ wird daher in Ålesund noch immer hochgehalten – sei es im Namen der einstigen Prachtstraße Keiser Wilhelms gate oder als Denkmal im Stadtpark oberhalb der Altstadt
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    • Day 23

      We made it to Alesund

      June 26, 2020 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      We made it much faster to Alesund then I expected, but this journey hads some ups and downs. We had a little challenging night, nothing serious, but enough to make us feel seasick. To make up for it in the morning, a good suprise and a real highlight of the trip, Minky whales 🐳🐳. Wow and not only for few minutes, they were so curious l, they kept coming back to us, swimming under the boat and even looked at us ❤️❤️ It was such a cool experience and a beautiful moment to cherish forever. All this excitment and lack of sleep, made us pretty exhausted, so we anchered for few hours before, we started to head out to Alesund again. For the first time it was actually quite easy to get into the harbour and it didn't take us few hours either. Rowing in got us a few strange looks, but a lot of people got interested in our story and we even got some good tips how to fix the engine 🙌 Now it's time to relax a bit, and fix Solenya before the big crossing 😁Read more

    • Day 25


      June 28, 2020 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Sometimes its so easy to forget how charming a city can be. It has been so nice to stop for a few days and enjoy the city life = cappuccino and croassont in the morning 😁 Every city we dream of a hot shower, but due to corona that rarely happens, but at least we had fresh water 😂 We have been working on Solenya, and made a great progress, no more holes, we have working lights and new cleats fixed and we still have 10 fingers and toes left 🙈 Now we just have to be patient anf wait for a good weather window, meanwhile we enjoy the city life 😀Read more

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