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The boat crew said goodby to our home for 7 days and traveled by cab to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where we said our goodbys to members of the group. Dave and Sara caught a train to France, Lisa and Jim caught a plane to Stockholm and Linda and Phil stashed their belongings at the airport and caught a bus to Keukenhof Gardens to see the tulip displays. We found out earlier that the tulip displays in the fields were gone. The Netherlands has a couple of weeks of very warm spring weather so the tulips didn’t last long. When we arrived we found that the flowers at Keukenhof were still in full bloom. I can’t say enough about the experience so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

More photos from Keukenhof can be found on my website.

After spending the afternoon at Keukenhof Gardens we returned to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to collect our packs. We then caught a bus that we hoped would take us to somewhere near our Airbnb. We had to walk a few blocks from the bus stop before finding it. We were just getting unpacked when someone opened the back door. It turned out it the husband of the woman who managed it. He didn’t realize we had checked in. The woman was mortified and turned out to be really nice. It was a great place to stay.

Found Blooming in Leif Erickson Park.

Tulip

Wild Onion

Sweet William

Onion

We were once again up early. When we checked in the hotel staff suggested that we get down to breakfast early Sunday morning because it was going to be crowded.The Scandic Nidelven has a fantastic breakfast and I wanted to be first in line. My wife was a little less enthusiastic. We had eaten breakfast at the hotel once before but this was something else. I’ve never seen anything like it. Wow!!! The photos were taken the next morning and do not do the Sunday spread justice.

After breakfast we walked along the Nidelven River taking some photos. It was a very overcast day.

Near our hotel there was a bridge with an interesting sign. It counted the number of cyclists that had passed over the bridge for the day and year. In other places signs counted the number of pedestrians that had walked past. There were also signs thanking you for walking.

Our first major stop was Kristiansten Fortress. As we neared the fortress my wife spotted a building that she had worked in when she was a student in Norway. At that time it was a nursing home but we couldn’t figure out what it is now. There were some outstanding views of Trondheim from the Fortress.

On the way down from the Fortress we encountered a cat. When I went to photograph the cat I found this nice dandelion. Apparently they are everywhere.

In our wanderings we encountered this bike lift. Apparently you put your bike into this contraption and it gives you a ride to the top of the hill. We waited around to see if anyone would use it but no such luck. Later in the day we noticed someone trying to use it be either it wasn’t working or he didn’t know how to use it.

As a former librarian I couldn’t pass up a photo of the Little Free Library. We have these in the states as well but I’ve never figured out the attraction. In Menomonie we have one right outside the public library.

Walking along the Nidelven River we could see the Nidaros Cathedral in the background. Eventually we made our way to the Cathedral. On the way we passed the University Student Center where my wife spent time when she was a student.

When we reached the Cathedral church services were just getting out. The Cathedral grounds were beautiful and the tulips were in full bloom.

 

My wife worked at the Sverresborg Folk Museum when she was a student. Her Norwegian was good enough that folks couldn’t tell that she wasn’t Norwegian. She found the bus she used to take to work and we jumped on and rode out to the Museum. It was looking like rain so we didn’t have a lot of time to tour around.

Linda hardly recognized the Museum given all of the changes that had taken place. This was the ticket office when she work there.

Sheep and Goats were grazing at the Museum farm.

It was raining out when we finished our tour. While Linda waited at the bus stop I walked across the street and watched a soccer game. Not a very big field but the players were really skilled for their age.

We took a bus back downtown and a little later in the day the weather began to clear. With the improving weather we decided to walk down to the Bakklandet or old city center of Trondheim. It consists of narrow streets and wooden houses.

We then headed to the Wharf area along the Nidelven River. Many of the old wharves had been renovated and turned into trendy shops.

We also walked over the old bridge many times.

 

We met up with Linda’s cousin, Tonje, and toured sights around Oslo. First we took a tram up to Ekeberg Sculpture Park. On the way to the park we encountered a group of children out for a stroll.

The Sculpture Park was great place with some interesting sculptures some of them rather graphic.

 

The spring wildflowers were out in the park. They seem to be some of the same flowers I had been photographing before I left for Norway. Maybe that is why the Norwegians came to the Midwest.

The views from the Sculpture Park were very good. If we had a better day they would have been spectacular.

We walked down from the park and past Oslo Hospital. Just past the hospital we walked past the Ruins of Clemenskirken.

As we entered the harbor area there were construction cranes everywhere. The harbor area is undergoing a major revitalization. The goal is to create an environment where people can live and work in the area as well as a place that tourists will want to visit. In addition to the new buildings that are going up the city is removing parking ramps. The goal is to discourage people from bringing their car into the city. The major roads through the city are being placed underground.

The next stop was the Oslo Opera House. For some reason Scandinavians love large glass building for their opera houses. It is a great place for outdoor concerts although I would think it would be a little warm during the day.

A renovated office building with walkways, shops and restaurants nearby.

A sculpture in the harbor next to the Opera House.

We walked through part of the Akershus fortress complex. It is still a military base but the public is welcome. There are museums and war memorials as well as a prison and castle on the grounds.

There was a large cruise ship next to the fort. I had to take a panorama in order to get the full ship in the photo.

Oslo city hall which is often referred to as the “brown cheeses” due to its blocky exterior (Norwegian geitost or goat cheese is brown and blocky).

We took at ferry out to one of the many islands in Oslo fjord. This is Hovedoya (Main Island). The Cistercian monastery, Hovedøya Abbey, was built on the island, and opened on 18 May 1147. These are some of the ruins.

Cannons on Hovedoya Island with Oslo in the background.


Lindøya island Idyllic island in the Oslo Fjord with around 300 summer cottages in red, yellow and green. I suspect they are quite pricy since they are just a short ferry ride from Oslo.

On the ferry ride back to Oslo we had a great view of a cruise ship in the harbor as well as some nice views of the harbor.

When we returned to Oslo Tonje headed home to make our dinner and we headed back to our Airbnb. Before parting Tonje suggested an app that allowed us to access public transportation schedules. Wow did it work great. Wherever we were in the city we could indicate where we wanted to go and it listed all of the transportation options, where to connect with them and their schedule. With one exception, we only had to wait 5 minutes to catch a ride to our destination. Good public transportation is great!

In the evening we took the train out to their Tonje’s condo. Really nice. Their condo was at the end of the train line. All we had to do was walk up to the Plaza and their place was right there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This spring my wife and I made a three week trip to Scandinavia. This is the first of my blogs describing our adventures.

We left Duluth, Minnesota heading for Minneapolis  to catch our early evening flight on Icelandic Airlines. My wife took this photo of me with my new Osprey’s Farpoint 55 travel pack. We both used these packs for the trip and found them to be a great find. When I get some time I’ll write a review of them.

The Trip was uneventful. This is my wife’s obligatory  photo of Greenland. For some reason she insists on photographing Greenland every time we fly over.

When we reached Copenhagen We took the train from the airport to Copenhagen Central Station. From there we walked to the Cabinn Scandinavia where we were staying for a couple of nights. Unfortunately Google Maps gave us a tour of Copenhagen on the way to Cabinn Scandinavia. Once we were at our lodging and had acquired a map of Copenhagen we discovered the route we should have taken from Central Station. We checked in and then walked back toward Central Station to visit the Copenhagen Visitors Center and plan what we would be doing the only full day we had in Copenhagen. On the way to the visitors center we walked past Sankt Jørgens Lake.

We encountered a number of different birds at the Lake. My wife complained the entire trip that I was taking bird pictures when I should have been taking photos of the city. However, even she had to admit that the Great Crested Grebe was worth watching. When we first saw it we thought it might be ill because it had a very disheveled look about it. We soon discovered the disheveled look was caused by baby grebes hiding under her feathers. The male grebe was hunting for food and when he came close the young came out of hiding looking for something to eat. Every time we walked past the Lake we looked for the grebes.

We also saw a number of other birds on the lake.

Eurasian Coot

Black-headed Gull

Mute Swan

Eurasian Magpie

I should add that I was able to get these great bird photos because I decide to leave my Nikon Cameras home and take a Sony DSC-WX500 that has a 30X optical zoom lens. This is a great little pocket camera that also takes great panoramic photos.

It was spring time in Copenhagen and the tulips were blooming all over town.

After stopping at the visitors center we started looking for a bite to eat. It is sad to report that our first meal in Copenhagen was at Burger King.

We then headed back to the hotel for the night.