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    But Aalesund has more than just old boats, real or replica.
    Here is a statue outside the infamous "Raadhuset":

    The plaque says; "Boge Berg - 1986 The power though (a) human being":

    This statue has been in storage for a while, awaiting completion of the new buildings at Skansekaia:

    The title is; "Hundevakta (The dog watch)" and is in honour of Norwegian seafarers.

    This statue at Slinningsodden has been mostly forgotten and is deteriorating:


    If nothing is done, this will be scrap metal very soon.
    Klaus Nilsen got a street named up after him, why not move it there??
    Last edited by ombugge; June 14th, 2016, 23:53.


      Harald Grytten is a handy perch when you are waiting for someone to leave a meal at the outdoor restaurant near by:

      Can't see what I'm talking about? Here is a closer look:

      Aalesund have their fisherman's wife, looking out to the ocean, just like in Svolvaer:

      As well as our own Louvre:

      And our very own Ponte dei Sospiri ("Sukkene's Bro" as this is known locally):

      Not to forget Pont des Arts. (Also known as "Hellebroa"):

      Near Hellebro we also have the "forgotten corner":

      Nobody ever appears to sit on these benches, although facing the sun and protected from the cold northerly wind.


      • ombugge
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        We also have a bridge called Brooklynbroa, but I couldn't find any own pictures of that one. SMP to the rescue:

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        Aalesund: the whole world in only one city!
        Thanks for this stroll Ombugge.

      One bridge that don't get much mentioning is the lifting bridge between Stornespiren and Prestebrygga (also known as the Cruise Centre this time of the year)
      At least not for water born traffic:

      But good for the strays that keep ships waiting:

      Open to traffic on rear occasions during the summer:

      It saves a lot of time for those crossing South to North when open:


        If you visit Atlanterhavsparken at the right time you may gt to see this in real life:!/video/128641/m...e-paa-steinbit


          This was named as one of the best preserved "Jugendstil" villas n Aalesund:

          With this figure among the most photographed:

          But it appears to have fallen into some disrepair lately:

          The garden was always well kept before:

          At least when I delivered newspapers here some time ago. (OK, a looong time ago)


            More Jugendstil building in that same general part of town:

            This one has been featured here many times before:

            The butcher has gone, as has most traditional occupiers in the downtown area.


              But Aalesund is not only Jugendstil buildings. Across Aspegata from the the villa in #845 is this one, which is among those that survived the big fire in 1904:

              Don't ask me, I don't know why this decoration:

              At the other side of town are also some old wooden buildings that survived the fire. This is in Moloveien:

              And this is in Ystenesgata:

              Although somebody decided to put up an ultra-modern structure in the middle of the old:


                Further away from the tourist area there are several stately villas. These are found in Noerve, along Borgundveien:

                The original home of a famous actress?:

                I'm afraid not. Just an old bakery

                The red building here is purportedly the oldest building in Aalesund, from 1530s:

                The main house is an old farmhouse from somewhere in Sunnmore, moved here in the 1860s:


                  Mixed in with the old Jugendstil buildings in the downtown area there are quite a few newer buildings, trying to blend in.
                  Here is an example. The Heat Pump building at Blixhvalen:

                  With offices and flats on top:

                  And here, where the old front is kept, but everything behind is new:

                  Here is NO attempt to pretend to be anything else then what it is:

                  Or these new buildings at Skansekaia:


                    When you look at these buildings, you could be anywhere in the world:

                    If is wasn't for Fjellstua in the background, that is.

                    But when you see this:

                    Or this:

                    There is no mistaking the location.

                    But the end result is not too bad:


                      Noticed how the trees are leaning to the East??:

                      That should tell you something about where the prevailing wind is blowing from.

                      There are quite a lot of new flats along the waterfront on the south side of town:


                        Like I said earlier, Aalesund has more than just Jugendstil buildings. Here is some of the wild life:


                          The new "Byrampen" lookout and resting place on the steps to Fjellstua is getting a bit of use:

                          The tulips are finally fading:

                          But "Ute pilsen" at Hoffmann is still cold:


                            Ålesund 20. June 2016

                            This tower of pallets will light up to celebrate mid-summer. The fire will take place at the 25. June. The "Slinningsbålet" is a tradition in Ålesund

                            One of the heros from the heavy water sabotage at Vemork/Rjukan and Operation Gunnerside, Joachim H. Rønneberg from Ålesund.
                            He got his statue on the Rådhusplassen (City Hall Plaza)

                            The culvert under Keiser Wilhelms gate near the bus station

                            It once said Southampton where Hamilton is displayed today

                            Fjellstua framed by buildings near the bus station

                            Oh yes, we were watched...

                            A seagull streched its wings on one of the Silver Whisper ropes
                            Last edited by Sterkoder; June 22nd, 2016, 11:29.
                            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"


                              A beautifully maintained house in Kirkegata 12

                              Wonder how many millions of this motif are in albums around the world? Ålesundet as seen from Hellebrua bridge

                              Between the City Hall and First Hotel. Aeroflots A330 from Moscow to Washington DC passing at 36.000 feet

                              Tourists fill up the steps up to Aksla and Fjellstua by the numbers as the morning hours pass

                              A marble wall

                              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"