Friday July 6, 2007

Remember the rain we had in London … and Paris … and Amsterdam … and Flam and Gudvangen?

Well, that’s all changed. We woke yesterday morning to clear blue skies, sunshine and temperatures that reached 27 degrees – and today’s been even hotter: 30 degrees (at least) and simply glorious!

12-Aalesund 3Our ship docked this morning in another stunning Norwegian town – Aalesund – known far and wide for its beautiful architecture. Especially the turrets, spires and ornamentation which give the town a fairytale feel.

But wait, there’s more: Aalesund offers a profusion of fjords, small fishing communities, island gems and majestic mountains.

Quite frankly, this place is magic!

12-Aalesund 2Hot on the heels of breakfast, we disembarked and took a short coach-drive through some of the world’s longest sub-sea tunnels to the island of Godoy, where we stopped for a leg-stretch in the charming fishing village of Alnes – plus a climb-up the local lighthouse.

Then we pressed on to another island, Giske, birthplace of the famous Viking King ‘Gangerolv’, who conquered Normandy in 911 (and became the ancestor of William the Conqueror, sire to the English Royal Family).

PEOPLE NEWS: Some more hotly sought-after Midlife Madness Awards have been given out – maybe to someone you know?

* The ‘Made In Korea Award’ to Soon Ja T – for regulary forgetting to wear her lovely pink group name-badge. (Okay, you had to be there … but it was funny!)

* The ‘Little Miss Muffet Award’ to Joy J – who walked down the wrong wrong in Kristiansund and sat on her tuffet waiting for the wrong bus.

* The ‘Red Light District Award’ to Heather T – for turning to the writer during last night’s dinner and saying (quietly) “You can squeeze mine too, if you like …” – her exact words! (Okay, we’d actually been discussing how to get the last little bit of white meat out of our shrimp shells – somebody said you just squeeze them – and Heather was offering me her shells. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story? Poor Heather, of course, lit up like a red light!)

TOMORROW: Teetering peaks, waterfalls and a gorgeous fjord. So stay tuned …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN