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We are back in Molde, the town of roses. We were here a briefly, the last time. We were getting back from Greiranger. We were here for 30min. we just walked around. I took pictures of the man holes. Unfortunately, it was 8pm; I wanted to take pictures of the city center. It is a beautiful town. Then it started to rain again. Well, back to Bergen tomorrow. We have a half a day there. Hopefully, the weather is clear to go up the funicular to see the view of Bergen. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK, I need to pack. We have to put our luggage out before 10am. We dock at 2pm.


To Norwegians, Molde, whose rose-filled town centre was bombed to smithereens by German aircraft during World War II, is still “The City of Roses”.

These days it is also known as the home town of our current Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, a good football team, and its owner, super-capitalist Kjell Inge Røkke, who has given Molde Norway’s most impressive football stadium. Internationally, however, the jazz festival is the town’s best known visiting card. Six hundred volunteers annually work 30,000 unpaid hours at the festival, which is Norway’s biggest annual cultural event (after the Bergen International Festival) with an estimated turnover in 1998 of some USD 1.76 million. In 1988, the MIJF received USD 0.3 million in central and regional government support, USD 0.28 million in sponsorship revenues and about USD 0.82 million in ticket sales. In addition the revenues from the sale of festival effects, including 15,000 T-shirts.

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woman with roses statue
"woman with roses" statue
photo by: davidx