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Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein July 17th 2016

Today we start what is a long journey across Denmark through Germany,Holland,Belgium to get to Connelles near Giverny,France where we have a couple of nights before taking Peggy back to Peugeot and flying off to Ireland for a week. We aren’t attempting to do this journey of over 1500km in a day but rather with two stops along the way making it three days of driving. The day has dawned, like yesterday, beautifully fine and sunny although we expect that won’t last and the ‘typical European summer day of 2016’will return before long. And dark clouds were soon to roll over the BBA V3! It was a typical start to the start, breakfast first and a cleanup of the place as we do before we depart for the next overnight stop. As usual we went through ... read more

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen July 16th 2016

We have woken this morning and cannot believe our good fortune with the sun shining brightly and a lovely blue sky free of any visible cloud. What a cracker of a day to head off and explore Copenhagen and make the most of our short stay in a city that we have waited a while to see. Having done a bit of research we have worked out that the main city sights are within a fairly compact area and to gain an appreciation of them we are going to take the 1 hour Grand Canal Boat trip. We can then decide what we want to walk to on foot and go back and see from dry land. By the time we were ready to leave a couple of hours later after breakfast the sky was starting ... read more
Our canal cruise,Copenhagen
Famous painted houses on a canal,Copenhagen
Hen party out for a canal boat trip,Copenhagen

Europe » Sweden July 14th 2016

As expected sleeping was a challenge in the small ‘double’ bed and not a lot of sleep was had. I had thought about hauling the squab out from its location wedged between the wall and the bed but now regret I hadn’t. Never mind the day will go on and here’s hoping to a more comfortable bed tonight. We cross the border into Sweden today as we make our steady progress back to mainland Europe. The Rema1000 supermarket was just up the road and we did some shopping for lunch on the road somewhere ahead of us. The road south in this part of the world doesn’t run through any of the few towns there are so we will probably just stay on it until we get to the exit for our destination. There have been ... read more
This is a real backyard 'rock garden',Oppegard
We have laughed over this Norwegian road sig.We are sure you can guess what it denotes.
Gretchen coming back from testing the water temperature at Greebestad

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 13th 2016

Being kilometres away from civilisation seemed to have some positive effect on being able to sleep in despite the fact that the sun still rose at a ridiculous and indecent hour of the morning. The drive down to our next stop just south of Norway’s capital, Oslo, could have been a relatively short drive for us but we have decided to take the scenic route along the length of the Randsfjord.It will be interesting see how this fjord compares to the ones on the west coast as the land here is not nearly as steep. Just after breakfast as we completing our pack up inside but before we started to take the stuff out to the car a moose walked by the apartment. Earlier we had joked with our daughter that we were so far out ... read more
He has seen me!
Happily chewing on the green leaves
Living area of our apartment

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway July 12th 2016

The sunshine of yesterday has deserted us this morning but that is not such a concern as we have a fairly long day ahead of us in the car heading south through the interior of Norway. It has been a comfortable stay in this spacious apartment in the suburbs of Trondheim and now our journey back to Paris to hand the car back, begins. We are taking our time with a couple of two night stays and the rest of them just one nighters which will make the following days of driving potentially long depending what we come across on the way. We will be on the E6 right to the point where we turn off the highway to our destination which is small town south of the 1994 Winter Olympics city of Lillehammer. For the ... read more
The living room
Coming down from the summit of the National Park on the E6,Norway
Snow is not that far away

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim July 11th 2016

It’s another good looking day with a little cloud cover which should make it OK for a walk around the sights of Trondheim. The city has a population of around 200,000 and has origins that go back to 1000AD.The Viking King Olav is buried in Nidaros Cathedral and the city has had numerous major fires in its history with almost all of the wooden buildings downtown being burnt and having to be replaced. The city was the capital of Norway until 1217 and has been fought over on many occasions. In WW2 the Germans occupied the city from the day they declared war on Norway and it was occupied right up to the day the Germans surrendered in May 1945.It was a major base for the German Navy. The German occupiers did have plans and they ... read more
Fish wharf,Trondheim
Old Town area,Trondheim
Houses on the Nidelva River,Trondheim

Europe » Norway » Trøndelag » Trondheim July 10th 2016

It is a pity that out house we have stayed in overnight in Kristiansund did not have its terrace with comfortable seating facing east rather than west. If it had we could have enjoyed our breakfast in warm sunshine. Instead we sat in the kitchen/dining room with the sun shining brightly through the windows making it so warm that we had to open the windows to let some air in. This has been the first occasion since we have been in Norway that the morning has started off with so much bright sunshine. For the last few nights we have had singles beds or bunks but at least they have been in the same bedroom. However last night was a bit different. We still had single beds but horrors they were in separate bedrooms! We got ... read more
The neighbourhood,Kristiansund
Old town,Kristiansund
One of the few old buildings left in the old town,Kristiansund

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Kristiansund July 9th 2016

My first instinct this morning was to get up and take photos of reflections in the lake that is below our cabin. And that was even before scurrying off to the ablution block to be first there. However, I was foiled on the reflections as there was light rain falling and the mountain scenery had ‘dissappeared’and been replaced by low cloud with the light rain. We will keep our fingers crossed and hopefully the weather will soon clear and the photos can be taken. So my attention turned to a shower and use of the toilet. It was going to have to be a dash through the light rain across the grass and up the driveway to Unit #7 where the ablution block is located. Our German neighbour was going to lay down a challenge as ... read more
View from the cabin
Looking towards the mountains we came from yesterday
Beds only in these new cabins

Europe » Norway » Western Norway July 8th 2016

We had a good night’s sleep in our bunk beds in our little cabin alongside the Nordjjord.Not that we will get used to the very short amount of nighttimes at this time of the year in Norway at our latitude. The worst thing waking up in the morning is looking at your watch and although it is light outside the clock says it is just 5am and you want to sleep at least another hour. I lay there and thought about getting up or trying to go back to sleep and in the end the former won out. I had thought that by going to the ablution block at 6am I would have the place to myself. Not so! I had to take a seat and wait for both the toilet and shower to come free. ... read more
Nordfjord at Olden
Just mountains
Strange cloud formation over the mountains

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Nordfjordeid July 7th 2016

The day has dawned(we will call it dawn at 7am,even though the sun rose officially this morning at around 4am)fine and clear and a more perfect day for the road and scenery ahead we don’t think we could have asked for. Our studio has suited us well and having cooking facilities and a refrigerator has been a real bonus to keep our costs down and also keep our chilled groceries where we need them to be when they are out of the chilly bag. The only small thing against the studio was that it had a garlic smell when we arrived and the man on the front desk when he checked us in sort of gave us an apology by saying that they had had a bus load of Korean tourists the previous night who had ... read more
Houses and skilift behind our apartment,Myrkdalen
New house with grass roof,Myrkdalen
The hairpins!

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