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Jul 1, 2018 - Stavanger

Great breakfast this morning. Made sandwiches for lunch. Bags out at 8:00 a.m. bus left at nine. Took an hour and a half to get to the ferry then boarded at noon. The ferry was huge. The ride was about 3.5 hours and we landed in Norway. We ate our sandwiches on the boat, hit the duty free shop and sat around until we landed. We all went down to the car deck, boarded the bus and drove off into Norway. We landed at Kristiansgard and headed north. Norway is gorgeous with granite hills and mountains and lots of lakes. The scenery is...

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Scandanavia

Jun 23, 2017 - There be Trolls - Stavanger

Friday 23 June – Stavanger Again, we glide into town in a shroud of mist, passing black and green landscapes into a very built up town – in Norwegian fjord standards. Wow what a town – from a small town increasing its prosperity from the herring trade; through to shipping (small timber fishing boats to steam then sail and into modern age commercial fleets), taken over during the war and losing a great number of their fleet into the North Sea, shipping immigrants to US for a better life and then came the oil. In 1969 the first oil field was...

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Jun 1, 2017 - Ready , steady , go

Here we are again , our third road trip in the US of A or the United States of America as they seem to be now. This time we fly to Atlanta Georgia pick up our rental car and head south west through Alabama , Mississippi and into Louisiana . After a few days in New Orleans we head east along the Gulf of Mexico coast back through Mississippi and into Florida before heading north east to Savannah Georgia on the Atlantic coast . From there we head back to Atlanta and our plane home after 22 days on the road . We are most looking forward to...

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Apr 28, 2017 - Haugesund, Norway

I'm sorry to say I didn't get any pictures of the oil rigs in the North Sea; I was just too interested in enjoying the voyage. The trip from Southampton to Haugesund was two nights and a day and a half; we arrived around noon. The trip through the channel leading to the port was very scenic it was easy or understand why a pilot boarded our ship miles from the dock. Haugesund is a beautiful small town built on the herring trade. Our tour of the city and how herring built the city was canceled due to low sign-ups. Maybe we were the only ones...

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Europe 2017 Cruise

Aug 22, 2016 - Lysefjord

When we opened our drapes this morning we were surprised to see that we already were in Stavanger. The ship docked so silently; if only the hotels we stayed in recently had been as quiet. We docked right down town along with two other ships. Although Stavanger is the third largest town in Norway, it is likely the ships’ passengers outnumbered the locals. We were sad to see low clouds and a soft mist. Sadly this weather continued on our planned tour of the Lysefjord. One of the major sights on the fjord is Pulpit Rock, a five hour hike from...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Stavanger, Norway - June 29, 2016

There will not be any more pictures of waterfalls and beautiful terrain. From now on it’s cobblestone/brick streets and old buildings! Our ship docked at 8:00 AM in Stavanger, Norway. We signed up for one of the Walking Tours which included a stop at the Oil Museum. Our tour guide was very informative and he did an excellent job. We enjoyed all the colorful buildings and the tour of the Oil Museum was well worth the time spent there. In the picture of the harbor with the four cruise ships, our ship was located where the ship on the upper...

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Cruise of the Baltic

Jun 2, 2016 - Arrive Stavanger

Thursday June 2 After a late breakfast we disembarked to check out the possibility of purchasing a tour with ‘Flor & Fjaere’ (a garden attraction on a nearby island) but the tour was fully booked for the day. The woman in the office was extremely nice and explained that the operation had a limited capacity, and as we turned to leave, gave us a beautiful calendar showing the garden in all its glory throughout the year – a very nice gesture. We returned to the ship to leave the calendar and then took a stroll around the nearby streets before...

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May 10, 2016 - Stavanger

Today I wanted not to drive too much so I took my bike and have a tour in Stalanger visiting the port and a famous old city. This was a good alternative to driving. I used  the ferry twice because there are so many fjords that the only way except bridge is the ferry. At the port I was able to catch a wifi connection to post yesterday update. Now I know I will have to drive back again some 150 kms before going to west coast but I will have a sleeping  break on the way because for now a driving day is no more than 300kms, first because it...

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May 9, 2016 - To Stavanger through ski stations

Today I had to return back from the valley I was pursuing. The objective is a fjord in south of Norway with 300kms trip but more than 5hours drive. So the valley where I had that night was still marvelous in the morning sun light. Then I drive through ski stations till 1000m altitude with very nice and snowfall mountains. Then I drove down in long roads within forest passing some 10 or 15 tunes ? to arrive to ferry boat that I needed to take in order to continue the road. Then I arrived in the town for visiting the fjord. I saw a huge rock...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Beautiful Norway

We have been in Norway for 5 days now and it is quite stunning. Rugged coastline dotted with sandy beaches, fjords, and waterfalls. We hiked up to pulpit rock which is one of the most famous hikes in Norway. It is only about 5 miles round trip but it goes straight up to a huge rock ledge that overlooks a fjord 2000 feet below. It is easy to ride your bicycle here with bike paths that go everywhere so we have been exploring mostly by bike. Today we happened upon a very beautiful sandy beach. The locals were sun bathing but not us. Even when...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger (pronounced Sta VANG er) is the fourth largest city in Norway with a population of just under 100,000. It is Norway's oil capital. But during the 17th and 18th centuries Stavanger was a commercial center where the fishing and shipping industries flourished. In the 19th century Stavanger was the sardine capital of the world. The old-world charm of Stavanger is well-preserved in its old town. First a cloudy and sometimes rainy and later sunny day. We went into Stavanger and walked around. We bought tickets for the 10:30 Lysefjord...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Pre-innlegg

God dag! I dag er det bare 45 dager igjen til avreise! Tiden nærmer seg fartruende raskt, og det har nok ikke gått opp for meg at jeg skal være hjemmefra så lenge enda. Det er hele tiden noe å tenke på og forberede til turen, men det er jo det som er den kjekkeste delen av hele reisen, planleggingen. Eller kanskje ikke? Jeg gleder meg ihvertfall til det hele har startet, og planleggingsfasen er ferdig! Som sagt så blir det utrolig rart å være borte fra familie og venner så lenge! Det er også begrenset med hvor mye kontakt vi vil ha...

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