Thon Hotel Alesund
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Weather had lifted today, only a few showers, which for the most part we managed to avoid. Our first stop this morning was the Tourist Information Centre as we wanted a map of Norway and directions to Mt Aksla, which is a lookout in the town centre, great viewing from atop with a 360 degree panoramic view of the archipelago, the beautiful town centre, and the amazing Sunnmøre Alps. Ålesund ...
... so many don't look the part often now..not the least bothered by many on lookers..Skis clamped to the outside of houses, shovels as well, such a harsh place for a lot of the year, evidence of many feet of snow ,still in sheltered places. Coal mining in 1916, and that continued until so many accidents closed it in 1962.
We saw the researchers, lots on bikes, as their stations are a little distance away, all armed with rifles ...
... t resist taking a photo of another manhole cover and yes this too was decorated with motifs from the Art Nouveau era.
Doorways, windows, facades, almost every building as some reference to this era and being Sunday there were very few people around apart for the odd Saga redcoat!
We sat for a while alongside the water admiring the art nouveau railings and got a surprise when realising the metal seat was in fact heated! I guess ...
After a day of getting used to the constant stunning views all the way here we made our first long stop at Alesund at midday.
Had a walk around in the snow into the pretty little port, not much to do but get used to the freezing temperature and the snow and ice.
... serious fire back in 1904. There is a great atmosphere & a distinctive character to the central part of the town with amazing decorations and colourful facades particularly around the waterfront domain.
Besides touring around the city streets & wharves, we also are taken to the Sunnmore Open-Air Folk Museum to view some of the old houses and the antique boat collection, which was quite facinating.
By midday we ...