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Aug 27, 2017 - Last day in Norway

Today we went on a tour to pianist and composer Grieg’s home. Grieg and I are now best friends. It was actually his summer cottage, and is on a lovely spot on a small hill above the waterfront. After we visited Grieg’s home and grave, we had a concert in Norway’s best concert hall. After we returned to town, we went to the Bergen Maritime Museum. This was particularly devoted to Viking ships, and was very interesting. There were remnants from ancient ships. There were many figureheads, and this one was a very rare one as it was of a...

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Aug 26, 2017 - Norway in a Nutshell continued

Gordon here - the Tensing Norgay to Liz’s Edmund Hillary. Liz gave me the option of helping with dinner or typing something for the blog - so here we are. (Well, how am I supposed to know how to cook rice, for goodness sake???) OK, so today we caught a boaty, shippy thing. It’s wasn’t a normal aquatic travelling vessel, because it’s nose (technical term: “pointy bit at the front”) is hinged, and swings up to let the passengers walk on board. Why it doesn’t have a door at the side, and a gangplank for passengers to access the door, like...

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Aug 25, 2017 - 22km bike ride

Today we started with a walk to a waterfall. Spectacular! Then we caught the train up the hill to Myrdal, where we were yesterday, then rode bikes down back to Flam. The train up the hill took one hour. The bike ride back took two and a half hours. The ride back started with 21 hairpin bends on a very steep gravel track. This was quite tricky and dangerous. Then we joined the road, and the riding was easy and fun and fast. However, we kept stopping to admire the scenery. The ride was 22 kilometres, with only two short uphill sections. ...

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Aug 24, 2017 - Norway in a Nutshell

Today we began Norway in a Nutshell (NIN). Today we had two train trips. We are then breaking the NIN by staying in Flam tonight and tomorrow night, then we continue the NIN trip on Saturday. Our first train trip today was from Oslo to Myrdal. This was a 5 hour very scenic trip. We climbed up high in the mountains, where we were surrounded by ice, including 2 glaciers. Then we changed trains and went down a very steep mountain to a village situated on a fjord. The village is called Flam and is very touristy. There is only one hotel,...

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Aug 13, 2017 - Board MS Lofoten

We spent the morning at a series of art galleries called Code. The main highlights were works by Picasso, Klee and Munch. The current Queen of Norway also had an exhibition of her own works. We then caught a taxi to the dock and boarded our home for the next few days - the MS Lofoten of the Hurtigruten fleet. We unpacked in our room - were pleasantly surprised to find that we had an ensuite - the went for dinner. Dinner was an amazing buffet. I limited myself and only tried the soup, 3 varieties of caviar, cold roast meat, cold salad,...

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Aug 12, 2017 - Bergen - rainy one minute - rainy the next

Today we spent walking around Bergen. Finding where we embark tomorrow. Trying to find out if we can leave some luggage here while we head out for a couple of weeks. We walked to the indoor fishmarkets, then the outdoor fishmarkets. Then on to Brygen - the old part of town on the waterfront. We found some supermarkets where we can buy some food - at least double the prices in Australia. Our guesthouse is basic, but in a good situation to walk to all the touristy things. View from dining area. The guesthouse is half way between a...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Farewell Russia - Hello Norway

In the morning I ran around St Petersburg taking last minute photos, and visiting a couple of places that we had not visited yet. I left straight after breakfast, and arrived back at the hotel at 11.30am. Just in time to pack and check out by midday, and be ready for our driver who arrived at 12.15pm. Out to the airport in a very posh black Mercedes. Through security checks and 2 passport controls. One security check was particularly worrisome. As we stood in line waiting, one man was hauled off for severe questioning. Then the...

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Jul 31, 2017 - Bergen, Norway

At about 3:30 I boarded the train to Bergen. It was a 6 hour ride and no doubt every single person aboard that train knew I'm a tourist. I probably took 150 photos. From my seat and from other people's seat on the other side of the train. Lol. I decided that the left side of the train is the best side. What a ride. Immeasurable beauty. Way out in the middle of nowhere. The funniest thing, other than me bopping around taking photos, was when the train stopped at this little tiny station in the middle of nowhere and a huge group of Asian...

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Jul 28, 2017 - The majesty of the fjords

We’ve had numerous early mornings since our departure on 13 June but none compared to our waking at 6am and discovering the towering cliffs of the Geirangerfjord metres from the ship. Our cruise into the Geirangerfjord was spectacular. Towering mountains hemmed us in as we glided towards the village of Geiranger, which besides being famous as the gateway to this UNESCO World Heritage listed spectacle is the proud home to a mere 250 residents in the winter and hundreds of cruise ships during the four months of the “season”. In fact, it is...

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Jun 14, 2017 - There be Trolls - Bergen

Wednesday 14 June Today we have tracked backwards to Bergen. Founded in 1070 AD and then in the 13th Century, became Norway’s first real capital, remaining the biggest town until the 1830’s due to being a major trading and seafaring port and one of the Hanseatic merchants’ four most important trading centres. Bryggen, ("The Hanseatic Wharf") is the most obvious remnant from this time although I think after the great fire of 1702 which reduced the whole city to ashes, it may have been rebuilt on the foundations and now is part of the UNESCO...

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May 15, 2017 - Bergan

We disembarked in Bergen after visiting Sandnessjoen. While walking through a quiet residential area there, we were very excited to be invited into a Norwegian home . As our tour guide was remarking about the time she met the lady of the house, the lady's son was just finishing a run and stopped to talk to us. He checked with his mother and invited us into his home. Was a nicely appointed residence and gave us a chance to see how comfortable the Norwegians live. Sailing on down the coast we passed Torghatten, the characteristic hat shaped...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Bergen

Bergen is a much larger port than Haugesund and was a German submarine base during WW II. We leave the ship here early in the morning. The ocean voyage is over. I'm sad, our favorite bartender is sad and I'm sure many others were too. The food was excellent and the portions were reasonably small. I now know what it would be like to be a king. We were treated extremely well and with more than one crew member for every two passengers one can easily understand why. We are staying two days in Bergen at a hotel in a building built in the early...

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Europe 2017 Cruise

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