Our second port was Alesund, a city located on the Norwegian coast at the mouth of the Geirganger fjord (which we would sail down the next day). Alesund is built on a chain of islands, with houses and buildings going right up to the water's edge. Definitely a unique and beautiful city!
We took a local bus out to the Sunnmore Museum, a collection of old houses, buildings, and boats from Norway's earlier days. It's an open air museum, so we were lucky that it was another sunny day! We had fun walking around and through a school, farmhouses, stables, a store, a boat house, and several others.
Mrs. Fish teaching us a lesson in the schoolhouse
Derek and Brodie tried on some chain mail (really heavy stuff), and then my mom came out to show them who's boss
Many of the houses had "natural" roofs, and Brodie told us that to keep the growth in check they will occasionally toss a goat up there to do some trimming.
After returning from the museum, we got back on the boat to eat lunch - it was so nice that our boat was close to the city in each port. It made it super easy to get on and off to eat and change clothes if needed. After lunch we walked to the town park, and then climbed up 418 steps to the Aksla viewpoint. From the top there was an amazing panoramic view of the city, ocean, and outlying islands. I got in trouble for standing on one of the table benches to get a better view, but the pictures were worth it!
View from the boat - Aksla is the building on the left edge of the hill
Dave and I at the top - amazing view!
After climbing back down, we did some shopping and sightseeing in the city. I loved the architecture and colors of all the buildings in Alesund.
We also ran into this lovely troll outside one of the souvenir shops
A kiss for the handsome fellow :)
Today's picture was Sophie enjoying the pool at grandma's house - she's a water baby!