Alesund – the Fairy Tale City. Alesund – the Art Nouveau City. We found both, on a cloudy and rainy day, and were absolutely delighted walking around this charming European city. It is built primarily with Art Nouveau facades and inspiration due to the Alesund Fire in 1904. With the city having been built of wood, everything was pretty much destroyed. Rebuilding during the height of the Art Nouveau movement, the art form shows everywhere. There are facades with flowers, with fairytale towers, with colored domes…it really is quite spectacular – even in the rain! The forecast for the afternoon was 90-100% rain, but it stopped for a while, and mostly just drizzled. We got a bit wet, but it was very much worth every drop of rain on our jackets and shoes.
We are on a cruise ship called the Norwegian Prima, and it is very youthful, very up-to-date, and has the best food we have ever had at sea. All the other ships we have sailed seem stodgy and “quaint” – now – compared to the Prima. The food is fresh, much of it made to order, and everything just tastes delicious. The chefs aren’t afraid of spice! We are amazed that the passengers are mostly American, since the cruise originated in Iceland. And we are quite impressed with it all, although it does carry more than 3,000 passengers, so at times it feels quite crowded. But oh, the food….every other ship could modernize and take lessons from the Prima.
🔹🔹 If you enjoyed reading our post, you can subscribe to our website to automatically receive every blog we publish. Just go to our “Contact” tab. In the gray box at the very bottom, it says – SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL. Just put in your email address, and we will appear in your Inbox! Also, right above it, there is a small form to send us a message, if you wish. (But please note, you cannot hit “Reply” on the post emailed to you to send us a message. You must use the Contact tab.)