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Today I had another morning flight so had to be up early again to be at the train station to get to the airport. I was flying to Bergen but rather than a direct flight I chose one that made a stop in the coastal town of Alesund.
I'd seen photos of Alesund which seems to float on water but it was too out of the way ...
Monday, 9/15, we wandered the streets of Bergen with no destination in mind. We went into a few stores where locals shopped, had lunch at the fish market sitting on the harbor and walked the narrow streets on the hillside. We found the state-run booze store and bought 3 bottles of wine for the coastal cruise (about $15/bottle vs. $50 on the ship). About 6PM we boarded the Hurtigruten ship, the Kong Harald, for our 6 ...
59 degrees - 3:42 am/11:28 pm
We experienced a broken toilet during the night with flooding and visits from housekeeping and the plumber.
We arrived in Alesund which has a population of 43,000. In the great fire of 1904, 850 of the town's houses burned to the ground. Some 10,000 people were left homeless as only 230 houses remained after the fire. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was quick to send help. By 1907, ...
... center with an amazing view of the 222 mountain peaks that are surrounding the fjord and city. Although we arrived at 6 pm we still had some time to go to the beach and enjoy the evening sun. Many people were even swimming in the water, which is extremely mild here and combined with the hottest day of the year so far, was an excellent opportunity for the locals to swim. Who would have thought we would go to the ...
... two in Oslo. Camilla takes us in her car on tour again. Firstly we travel up to Holmenkollen the famous ski jump hill since 1892. It has been rebuilt 19 times. Completely demolished and rebuilt 2008 - 2010 a very impressive structure! Cathy remembers her visit here to the previous one when she visited 28 years ago. It is a very popular tourist attraction and the crowds flock in by the bus and car load. Over 1 million visitors a year Not just to see the jump but to ride the Zip ...