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Roadtrip to Ålesund

By spotogspindel | September 11, 2016

To be perfectly honest, it´s more a business-trip than a road-trip per say. But road-trip sounds more fun. This time my sister kept me company and helped me. She´d never been to this part of the country, and the scenery is actually absolutely stunning, and we were driving, so in many ways it was a real road-trip. The reason for the trip was for me to deliver and mount my art on the lastest DOF-ship, Skandi Buzios. As you can see, she is quite big!


91 (+7) pictures and 11 hours later, our helper James, showed us the bridge. I am standing on the far right, taking a picture over to the far left, which you can see on the right side , by the windows. I didn´t measure, but it must be at least 30 meters across. It´s HUGE!


Here, James is showing me the communication central on the bridge. The technical development is moving so fast in the offshore business. ALL the equipment on this ship was new, unlike the outdated equipment on the 8 year older ship he last worked on.


Energy-reenforcement in the form of popcorn, ice-tea and chocolate is perfect for long evenings.


The morning after we´d finished the job, we decided to linger a couple of hours in Ålesund. It is such an amazingly beautiful city! Maybe the prettiest one in Norway! The whole city burned to the ground a winter-night in 1904. After the fire, everything was rebuild in the new, modern style of Art-Nouveau /Jugend-style. At the time it was probably concidered vulgar, as new things often are, but luckily, the citizens have taken really good care of their architecture, and Ålesund is known as the Art Nouveau-city in Norway (maybe even in Europe)


It lies close to the sea, and the sea has been the main source of income for generations, one way or the other. First fishing, later, offshore. Even the old se-houses are restored and are now used as hotels, shops, offices, and so on.


Right through the middle of town is, well, actually the ocean. Part of the city is built on an island, and the two parts are connected by a little bridge.


We took a stroll along the quay on one side, crossed the bridge and continued on the other side. I only have one word: beautiful!


Thank you Astri, for spending these days with me, and enduring my constant talking for the 9+9 hours it took to drive 🙂


Topics: Diverse, travel | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Roadtrip to Ålesund”

  1. gail Says:
    September 11th, 2016 at 17:25

    The art is, as always, beautiful! And what a lovely city, so rare to see a city that was intentionally designed! Lovely.