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July 7th 2016
Published: July 8th 2016
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7thJuly Alesund

Drove over the mountain from Geiranger and out of Fjordland. Journey involved going down the steep eleven hairpin bends of Trolls Ladder, lots of giving way to coaches and motorhomes, as usual. Arrived in the seaside town of Alesund in the afternoon. Another very busy campsite on the edge of the town. Walked in to enjoy the centre of the old town which is the only one in Norway that is not of wooden houses but of stone ones. These were built with money from an Austrian Kaiser using German architects in 1904 and is in Art Nouveau style. The view of the town from the top of the hill in the park in the centre is impressive (414 numbered steps to the top!). The town is on a spit of land sticking out into the sea with islands dotted offshore. Walking into the centre the water goes right to the central area with lots of sailing boats moored. Some attractive buildings, the overall look is better than the individual buildings.

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