18 July 2011

From Coast to Coast Expedition - Days 7 and 8

We bid Geiranger farewell on a rainy morning. The prefect time and setting to leave this piece of heaven. If it wasn't for the dark clouds we could have lost ourselves here for a whole eternity. 


After a magical boat trip through the fjords and 60 mi (100 km) on land to the North-West we reach the coast. Civilization. Ålesund. Unique architecture, attention to detail, steep winding streets and sun. It is hot! 
Ships come and go. People are sunbathing on their yachts. Ålesund is colorful and cozy, situated on several small islands and surrounded by mind blowing scenery. 
There are Beatles fans everywhere

Did you spot the dog?
The town was burnt to the ground in one January night in 1904 in one of the most fierce fires in the history of Norway. Only one person died that night. The town was rebuilt by 30 Norwegian architects in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time.




That vast sea of brick buildings in the heart if Fjord Norway seems unreal, like an oasis, but at a moment when we are not thirsty, nor need any rest. We do spend 2 nights here though, right on the beach. The warmest nights since we started the trip.

12 comments:

  1. What beautiful buildings, all cities should look like that! :) And that last photo in the post? It doesn't even look real... it looks like something soft and pretty created on the computer. :) Apparently I need to travel to Norway with my camera someday! ;)

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  2. Oh, you should do that! And, to answer your question from last post - we do download our photos each night on the laptops. It takes roughly about 2 hours to edit them and post to family. The number of daily photos nears 500 from two cameras. Oh and I forgot the videos, which you will see once they are edited :)

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  3. Wow. Photos much? How do you ever narrow them down?! My computer would be completely full, even AFTER I tried narrowing down! :D

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  4. Tell me about it! It is soooo hard! But I try to be objective and impassionate and well.. we have so far 1000 photos in the family album...

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  5. oh my gosh..this post makes me wanna travel more!
    not much photo! if you've seen my blog, the photos are pretty much too much! lol

    dita

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  6. WOW! Like Tina Fey said in 30 Rock, "I want to go to there."

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  7. What a pretty town and gorgeous photos! I love when water winds through a town like that and determines the geography. And that is a very big boat in the first photo! :)

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  8. Breathtaking. Keep sharing these peeks into your trip - it looks amazing!

    xo,
    melissa

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  9. GORGEOUS photos! It's been a few years since we saw Geiranger... Must do Ålesund too. ;o) Happy Days!

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  10. Gorgeous, amazing photos Sonya ~ I love the dog! ;) I know that you're soaking up all of this beauty, storing it in all the cells of your body. Your Spirit must be soaring. :)

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  11. What beautiful photos! I'll bet it's something to see in person. Enjoy!

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