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Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen July 22nd 2014

We have 2 nights in Bergen which is a treat because up to now we have stayed at each city for 1 night and then bags out early a.m. Today, we woke and had a leisurely breakfast before meeting our local guide for a city tour of Bergen. We visited Troldhaugen, the home of famous Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. Grieg’s home stands majestically overlooking the fjords and was a great inspiration for his music. Sharyn remembers being in the choir in her school play, Song of Norway, which is an operetta written in 1944 by Grieg so had an interest in visiting Grieg’s residence and separate building that was his office overlooking the fjords where he wrote his compositions. We visited the 750 year old Hakon’s Hall scene of the medieval Royal courts solemn ceremonies and ... read more
Hakon's Hall.
Architecture along the wharf in Bergen
Dinner with Patsy and Annelle .

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen July 16th 2014

Hot!!!! Very very Hot!!!!! We have been in Bergen now for over a week and the weather during that time has been absolutly fantastic with very little breeze to cool things down. Since being home here we have had a couple of trips into town for shopping and a few walks and also have been able to lend a hand helping Chris and Hege to do some landscaping down on the bottom lawn. Also keeping Lilly occupied as she is still on school holidays. Last Friday night we all spent out at the cabin with Rune and Lillen and as the weather was so hot we spent a lot of time in the water. It is always so nice out there, the piece and quite and the scenery just lends itself to relaxing. Went out fishing ... read more
A Royal Tea Party.
Trying to look helpful.
Looking Good.

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen July 9th 2014

Hello all. We have now left Spain and flew to Bergen with Chris, Hege and the kids late Monday night. So Spain is finished and our 4 weeks in Bergen begins. Spain was fantastic in all ways, apart from the fact that I caught a tummy bug which shot me down for 3 days, but all is well and thats what happens. We spent most of the time at the beach, pool or wondering the towns, but also visiting a Safari Park and a fantastic water park called Aqualandia Benidorm. The safari park was interesting with all sorts of animals and we were driven around this on trailers towed by 4 wheel drives. We managed to hand feed giraffes and Lilly rode a camel. The water park I missed due to being stuck at home unwell, ... read more
Snake time.
Feed Time.
More Peanuts Please.

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 30th 2014

Bergen looks so incredibly charming in the tourist brochures, with the wooden Bryggen area and all the artisan workshops there, and the old fortress. I was so excited to come here, but now that I"m here, I kinda wish we had left earlier and gone to Iceland. I'm glad that we came to the fjords, but I'm not loving Norway the way I loved Copenhagen, and the whole family is definitely "museum'ed" out. That said, we have now learned sadly that our son is afraid of any "dark" place (which includes most museums), and he's also easily bored at this point in the trip, so we decided not to go into any museums. We walked through the fortress area, through the Bryggen area, to a few souvenir shops (he likes those), but no museums. That leaves ... read more

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 30th 2014

After a brief stint in our room, we discovered a whole new Bergen, off the wharf and into the city. It turns out that our son is a fountain lover, and Bergen is full of fountains. The best fountain for kids is the statue of Ole Bull (a violinist) and a mock rocky waterfall, and stepping stones through the fountain base. All the kids were playing in it, on it, climbing up it, and I believe this was a true highlight for K. We also continued through to the park with the lake fountain, and to the Grieghallen, where there is another cool fountain, trying to find a restaurant A. had heard of. It turned out to be some of the best food we've had on the trip (Norway is turning out to be quite good ... read more

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Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 29th 2014

Då sitter vi på Flesland og er klar for avgang! Vi har brukt de siste dagene på å handle, pakke, slappe av og selvfølgelig har vi gledet oss mye. Og i dag har vi spist på egon med mødrene og lillebroren min, en siste farvel og på flyplassen ble det nesten litt tårevått. Klokken er 18:00 og det er, BARE, en time og ti minutter til flyet går, en time til eventyret virkelig begynner, men det er enda en stund til vi kan slå oss til ro på hostelet og nyte starten på denne virdunderlige reisen. Vi teller ned hvert eneste sekund!! CS - Cecilie... read more

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 28th 2014

On our last day in Copenhagen, we were sad to leave the Axel Guldsmelden. The wonderful smell of their own moisturizer, and the delicious taste of their home-made yogurt and granola. The kindness of the people working there. It is truly one of my favorite hotels of all time. We were able to leave our bags and spend the day exploring after check-out. We spent a long time at the National Museum, during which it rained heavily. I loved this museum, such amazing artifacts and set into an evocative setting. My particular favorites were the pre-historic artifacts of ancient Denmark, the sacrificial peat bogs, the horned helmets worn by the pre-historic priests of the sun god, an ancient past that remains un-written and mostly unknown aside from these finds. The children’s museum there was quite clever, ... read more

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 23rd 2014

Etter mange timer med shopping, har vi endelig kjøpt oss sekker og andre ting som vi trenger med oss på turen. Vi er veldig fornøyd med sekkene. De er helt geniale! Store med x-antall lommer og ting, og så kan topplokket brukes som mageveske :) Og takket være to hyggelige menn på XXL er sekkene perfekt tilpasset oss. Så endelig er det gått opp for oss at det er mindre en uke til eventyret starter. Sommerfuglene er begynt å komme. I røffe trekk er ruten vår lagt. Vi starter som sagt i Berlin, før vi tar en liten tur til Wroclaw, Polen. Deretter tenkte vi å reise tilbake til Tyskland for å se Dresden, etter anbefaling av vår ungdomskolelærer, Anne. Så skal vi til Praha, en by jeg bare må se! Videre tenkte vi oss innom, ... read more
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Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 22nd 2014

Då var bilettene kjøpt, ruten lagt og vi er klare til avgang, det er kun en ting som mangler... sekkene! Det er en uke til vi reiser og vi har enda ikke kjøpt sekker. Men frykt ikke planen er at vi skal kjøpe/se på noen i morgen. Igjen sier vi "vi kan ikke vente!". I tillegg til å reise rundt og leke turist har vi funnet ut at vi skal utfordre oss selv litt på reisen. Derfor har vi bestemt at vi skal se og lære oss navnene på alle elvene som ligger ved stedene vi skal innom. Dette skal vi gjør for å kompensere for våre manglende kunnskaper om elver og deres beliggenheter. For eksempel utbrøt Synnøve "jeg har lyst å se Nilen.... nei, Glomma..... NEI!, jeg mener Donau", og heldigvis for nok vi se ... read more

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen June 22nd 2014

Etter mange år med snakking, planlegging og ikke minst drømming, skal vi ENDELIG på interrail. Som to unge jenter fra lille Norge har vi alltid hatt lyst til å se verden og første steg er å utforske Europa. Vi har kommet fram til at den beste måten å gjøre det på er å dra på interrail. For rundt en måned siden bestemte vi oss for at i år reiser vi og dermed kastet vi oss rundt og fikk tak i billetter. Men samtidig er vi også studenter, på hver vår side av landet, med eksamener og praksis, så turen har, inntil i dag, stått på vent. Vi har ikke hatt noen rute eller plan, bare at vi starter i Berlin, avslutter i Paris og at vi har 3 uker på oss til å dra hvor vi ... read more




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