Thursday, 31 July 2014
penguins in the rain
No puffins today, it was penguins instead.
It wasn't the original plan, but when we arrived at the harbour, the guy explained that the small boat was cancelled. He didn't mention the weather, but I think it was a factor. We've been having 30 degree plus sunshine everyday, but today we've got lashings of rain.
It's okay, he said, there'll be a boat tomorrow. And good weather.
Instead, for a rainy morning, we thought we'd check out the nearby Jugendstil exhibition, which explains that after the entire wooden city of Alesund burned to the ground in 1904, it was rebuilt in stone and brick in the Art Nouveau style.
Ten thousand people lost their dwellings in one night and the city took three years to rebuild from the ground up.
The young architects built to a set of designs that created what is still a well-preserved central area in the Art Nouveau style.
By midday, there was a small break in the cloud, but it still seemed like a good idea to do something else which wouldn't get us too wet, hence the penguins, which were among the extensive line-up at the nearby aquarium.