Holy smokes, people, this is where the true goodies start!
Welcome to the beauty of Ålesund.
DAY FIVE: ÅLESUND & AKSLA VIEWPOINT
To those of you that don’t know, I lived in Vancouver, Canada for five years and one of the things I loved (and still love) the most was the combination of mountains with ocean/water. It was the first thing that struck me about Vancouver and it was also the first thing that struck me about Ålesund. There is so much power in mountains and the ocean.
Not to mention the aesthetic pleasure it provides.
On our fifth day in Norway and second day in Ålesund, we decided to “hike” up one of the mountains to Aksla viewpoint in order to get a full view of the town and surrounding scenery.
Before reaching the bottom of the mountain, we walked through a park with this cat sculpture. I found it so interesting because the cat is in a defensive position trying to make itself look bigger by arching its back. Cats aren’t often portrayed like this and I wonder why it was chosen. If anyone has any insight please let me know!
I later discovered the artist behind this sculpture is Skule Waksvik who has various animal sculptures in public spaces around Norway.
SO NOW IT IS TIME TO GO UP WITH MY TRUSTED COMPANION..
YES, IT’S AMAZING, ISN’T IT??
(Thank you, Veronika, for this beautiful photograph you made of me!)
On top of the Aksla viewpoint with spectacular views stands the Fjellstua restaurant. We stopped to enjoy some local goodies along with tea (for me) and coffee (for Veronika). We could have stayed there for the rest of the day. In fact I was a tad envious of a girl I saw sitting there working on her laptop. Man, these aren’t exactly your everyday office views, are they?
But imagine: a nice little hike that wakes you up, a cup of tea from Fjellstua and out comes your laptop and off to work you go.
Yes, please. I will take a large order of that!
(The girl was sitting just to the right from here)
You see the seats to the left of the photo? Those seats are heated.
Need I say more about the quality of life in this country?
Veronika’s sister, Noora, took us to the heated benches on our first day and I forgot to include this lovely photograph she made of us sitting on them.
Can you guess where we were headed? (Hint can be found by clicking here.)
But before reaching our destination, we took a little detour to a glass-blowing studio. Unfortunately I don’t have any photographs of the studio itself because I got distracted by this cutie pie:
He was one of the cats living in the studio and I fell in love immediately. Being a cat lover I of course jumped at the chance to pet him! As I was getting to know him by petting him (much to his pleasure of course), Veronika was reading about him out loud from a piece of paper.
She said he might bite.
And his name was Mr. Evil.
Here I am petting a cat called Mr. Evil who might bite.
But, I decided to trust myself and my knowledge about cats and kept petting him.
He loved it.
He was purring and his paws came out to knead (which is something they only do if they really like it).
And just like that Mr. Evil left and instead entered Mr. Cutie-pie-delightful-purring-creature!
After all that petting, we finally headed to our destination. I’ll give you one more hint:
YES, you guessed it!
We went back to the amazing Antik Galleri we fell in love with the day before.
This time we bought some coffee, tea and chocolate (by the way, Norway has the best and better version of the KitKat! YUM) and sat down to enjoy the view.
We had a break and we had a .. not-kit-kat.
(And a final little light-weight cell phone photograph of us from Veronika’s phone)
So there concludes our day five. More or less.
That was a load of photos wasn’t it?
And this is only the beginning!
I am so excited to share the upcoming photos with you fine folks! Stay tuned for more tomorrow!
Until then lovelies,