Monday, May 19, 2014

Our first Port of Call: Alesund

If it looks as if the world has just stopped turning- that's how it was.  There was utter peace and drifting round alone was therapeutic - breathing air so fresh it reminded me of the Canadian Rockies.
The little villages are a bit New Englandish and it wouldn't have surprised me if Angela Lansbury had come cycling past.  I couldn't get lost because - as our lovely Finnish captain always said 'our beautiful chip - the Balmoral' was always in sight.
Alesund is pronounced Olesund.  We are in Norway of course.
More photos to follow and then I'll write about the cruise experience - which I'm still processing.


Anonymous said...

Looks stunning! xx

Mike and Ann said...

It's a glorious country - Norway.

angryparsnip said...

I had a laugh at how the ship is dwarfing the village and river.
What a lovely first stop.

cheers, parsnip

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fabulous, can't wait to hear all about the trip.

oh nice to have you back :)


OldLady Of The Hills said...

It is utterly charming and like something from a different time entirely....So very Beautiful....And peaceful and quaint and lovely....A Great Beginning! That ship looks quite Beautiful, too....And I see exactly what you mean about Angela L., coming round the bend.....
I've missed you Pat.....Looking forward to reading and seeing more, my dear.....

Ms Scarlet said...

Wonderful, Pat! I am looking forward to your cruising tales!

Ms Scarlet said...

Those photos are wonderful when clicked large size.

Granny Annie said...

I will never travel to these places but is is lovely knowing someone who is.

Pat said...

John: it was:)

Mike and Ann: I totally agree.

Parsnip: the ship is large but not like those that look like city blocks. It has grace and I would happily sail in her again.

Giveitanother: patience m'dear.

Naomi: it's good to be back amongst my chums.

Scarlet: so glad you like the photies .It is difficult to concentrate on shooting when you are absorbed.

Granny Annie: I didn't imagine I would ever travel there on my own but now - sort of - consider the world my oyster:)

Mage said...

Oh, how beautiful. Yes, the Balmoral is a classic and almost as lovely as Norway. So glad you went.

LL Cool Joe said...

I've never been to Norway but it looks beautiful. I love the reflections in the water on some of your photos. So still and calm.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Oooooooh ma gosh! I've heard that Norway is beautiful but this is more than beautiful. Breathtaking.

Nea said...

There's a mountain or two in the way, but I was standing behind them waving :)
Glad you're home safe and sound.
You brought the summer with you to the North, the temperature has risen steadily during the last few days, it was 25C today :)

Pat said...

Mage: I knew one could get fond of a boat - from my sailing days but a ship can be just as loveable.

Joey: glad you noticed the stillness. I think you would love it.

GG: the air one breathes is magical too.

Nea: I often raised up my eyes to the hills from whence cometh ... waves from Nea:)
Yes it was kind of me to leave a bit of heat wasn't it?

rashbre said...

How lovely. I think Norway has a special scenery switch or something. Everywhere manages to look fantastic.