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Heavens and hells

It was a dark and stormy night. OK, it was just a fading late afternoon, with dirty slush on the ground, sleet in the air and little wind. But it had been a hellacious day for traffic and was still hellacious for pedestrians. About a foot of wet, sloppy snow piled itself on top of […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Church wall, Voss

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Medieval village at Stiklestad

Traditional wool dying Viking-inspired woodcarving Yours truly (see, I really was there!) Wordless Wednesday

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Homeward bound

We left Ålesund, ready for a long day on the road. First we past by the tourist magnet Geirangerfjord, that is to say, the entry end of it (Hellesylt), not the fantastic inner end that is usually featured on postcards. Not long after we past Hellesylt, we entered the county of Sogn og Fjordane, which […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Fishmonger woman

Wordless Wednesday This incredibly lifelike statue is in Ålesund

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Norway’s art nouveau capital

We arrived in Ålesund a little after 4 pm, and drove up the hill on charming cobblestone streets to our hotel. Skome of my fellow travelers had been in Ålesund before and suggested we walk up to Aksla (“the shoulder”) before dinner and a shower because it would make us sweat. So we panted, heaved […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Picking blueberries

Wordless WednesdayMe and my camera’s lens cap picking blueberries by the Atlantic Highway

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Somewhere in the Norwegian Alps

It is Day 4 of my trip to (and from) Trondheim, and we set off in a westerly direction. Our destination is what Norwegians call the north-west coast. Let me give you a regional geography lesson by stealing a picture from Wikipedia: First of all, most of Norway is “west coast”, but we don’t call […]

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Nidarosdomen

Before I leave Trondheim, I want to share some more photos of the Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen) with you. The main entrance to the cathedral in the daytime was a door in the north wall. This is where we entered for sightseeing and vespers. A rather cute (and snake-like) dragon over our entrance. The dragon was […]

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Downtown Trondheim

My story continues. In case you’re a little bit confused by the timeline, Day 1 was en route from Bergen to Dombås, and days 2 and 3 were in Trondheim. So what follows is from day 2, and is what we did between our lunch time and evening time visit to the sunny side of […]

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The sunny side of the river Nid

I’m not done with the city of Trondheim just yet. Partly because when you fill every hour with something new and fun, it feels like each hour is a whole day. So this installment is about our wandering on the sunny side of the river (“solside”). Our hotel was right on the river, at the […]

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The old city bridge over the river Nid

I got a comment that reminded me of the Norwegian song about the river Nid, which includes references to the calm river itself, and to the old city bridge. The old city bridge was built in 1861, and it is said that if you kiss a loved one while standing between its gates, you will […]

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My trip to the river Nid: Day 1

Here is a follow-up on my trip to Trondheim, which took us cross country, over the mountain areas of Filefjell and Dovre. Dovre, a huge nature reserve and very popular with bird watchers, also features as part of the oath made back in 1814 by the men who signed Norway’s constitution, so that’s what I […]

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By the river Nid

I could write tons and post an equal amount of photos from my trip. Instead of the usual itinerary run-down, this post will be a bit more philosophical. The main focus for my little bus trip was “Olsok” (St. Olav’s Day) and the St. Olav’s Days in Trondheim. A bit of background, that is to […]