Wednesday 13 August – Alesund, Norway 0800-1800
In 1904, a massive fire destroyed 800 buildings in this fishing port. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II responded with immediate aid, and Ålesund was reborn. Not surprisingly, the town was rebuilt in the then-popular Art Nouveau style known as Jugendstil, or German Art Deco. The result is one of the prettiest ports in Norway.
The day started with an indulgent but complimentary Champagne Breakfast on our balcony. We then went ashore to explore the town and find some shops.