S: Norway & London 2010
FC: Norway & London 2010
1: After our 10-hour flight, we had 5 hours to wait at Heathrow for our flight to Oslo. Chance for a nap! Took the Flytoget Train to Oslo Central Station and our hotel, Thon Opera was a few steps away! The cozy rooms were quiet and the breakfast buffets sumptuous with everything from salads, pickled herring, eggs and more! | View of our hotel from the Opera House over the bridge. | NORWAY
2: OSLO | Royal Palace | City of sculptures - many of them nude! | In front of Nobel Peace Center
3: VIGELAND PARK
5: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
6: VIKING MUSEUM | View of Oslo from ferry ride to museum | Oseberg Ship 815 AD | Gokstad Ship 890 AD
7: Opera House by the same architect firm Snohetta that will design the new SFMOMA addition | Italian dinner at Villa Paradiso in Grunerlokka, hip neighborhood.
8: Holmenkollen Ski Jump & views
9: We made good use of our 24 hour Oslo passes- Viking Museum, Holmenkollen ski jump, Munch Museum, Ibsen Museum, Nobel Peace Center and all transportation. | Tom comes face to face with someone else who picks his hair at the men's room in Nobel Peace Center! | The Scream! | Susie with good buddy, Ibsen | Akershus Castle
10: Saw a local celebrity- Aleksander With -winner of Norway's 2006 Idol. He was so polite, after I thanked him he said "Thank YOU" | Ladies room at Ibsen Museum | Part of Castle and views from it
11: Took a train Oslo-Myrdal (865 metres above sea level) and then the Flamsbana train to Flam at sea level. In order to manage the climb up the mountainside, the line twists and turns and has twenty tunnels to gain altitude and 2-180 degree turns. | FLAM | This woman is a huldra -troll- who tricks men into marrying her. She dances to eerie music every time the train stops at the waterfall.
12: Views on way to Flam | Sleepy village of Flam | Except when the cruise ships come!
13: The narrowest and dramatic Naeroyfjord is the most famous fjord arm of the Sognefjord, now included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. | x | x | x | SOGNEFJORD
14: Tiny village of Bakka | Undredal- its church is the smallest in Norway- only seating 40. | Norway is often referred to as "The Land of a Thousand Waterfalls" and for good reason- We saw SO many waterfalls- large, small and in between!
16: Hike near Flam | Hangin' in Voss before and after the rafting trip | Interesting headstone in Voss Church | Train station | View of Flam from hike
17: Went on a fabulous and exciting rafting trip on the Raundalen River near Voss. They were at least class 4 rapids! Our guide was from Zimbabwe where he guides on the Zambezi River. Tom lost his oar and almost fell out. The weather was really great and it only rained when we went kayaking.
18: OTTERNES | OTTERNES | Cluster of 27 farmhouses dating from the 1700's overlooking the fjord. | Turf roofs are everywhere- they provide good insulation and are long-lasting.
19: View from Otternes | View from our balcony at the Flam Marina & Apartments.
21: We arrived in Bergen mid-afternoon and visited the fish market along the historic quay and then took the Floibanen Funicular for great views of the city. This is one of Norway's most visited attractions and we even saw a couple get married there!
22: BRYGGEN | The Bryggen Wharf has buildings dating back to 1070 and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Bergen gets rainfall 235 days a year but we were lucky and it barely drizzled the three days we were there. We stayed at the Comfort Hotel Holberg which was comfortable and well located. Photos on the left: We ate at Bryggen Tracteursted,established 1708. Evan had reindeer and Tom had his only beer ($12) on the trip! | x
23: HARDANGERFJORD | x | x | We took an all-day excursion in Hardanger. First we took the train to Voss, then a bus to Ulvick- beautiful views -and then a boat to see the fjords-first to Eidfjord and then to Nordheimsund. As you can see- stunning! Perfect weather. | x
24: During our lunch stop in Eidfjord, we went on a hike and had trout and wienerschnitzel at Vik Pensjonat. We then saw more fjords ,ending at Nordheimsund and taking a much less windy road back to Bergen.
26: Ole Bull's summer residence on the island of Lysoen | Ole Bull was a famous violin virtuoso and he built this villa in 1873, incorporating a lot of different architectural styles and decorations from different countries. He was a fascinating man who tried to establish a colony in the US. | View from across the island- love the grass roofs.
27: Enjoying a stroll in Brygges | At Zupperia, a soup restaurant in Bergen we liked enough to go to twice. Our mantra in Norway was: "You don't come here for the food!" | Bergenhus Fortress | One of the oldest and best preserved castles in Norway dating from the 12th century.
28: NORWAY | Land of Waterfalls | And Trolls! | A last game of hearts at Oslo airport | Tusen Tak (thank you) for a wonderful time! | Bye | Bye
29: LONDON | Downing Street | Marble Arch | Big Ben and CCTV | Oxford Street | Hello
30: Lely's Venus 2nd Century AD | Rosetta Stone | Red Granite Lion 1400 BC | Mummy with Amulets 30 BC | Female Mummy 700 BC | BRITISH MUSEUM
31: Channelling | Harry Potter! | We traveled mostly by tube and almost exclusively used public transport throughout our whole trip! | We arrived in London mid-afternoon, dropped off our luggage at Steve's house and then went off to the British Museum and platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station. In the evening we had a Thai dinner with Steve, Gaby & Rivkah and Maggie, Greg & Mia. Hebrew U reunion!
32: Westminster Abbey | Trafalgar Square | WANDERING AROUND
33: Front View | Went on a wonderful tour of the State Rooms and a special exhibit called "The Queen's Year" | Back View | Inner Courtyard
34: FAMILY | Met Dad for lunch and a walk around to where I lived the first 4 1/2 years of my life and on to Regent's Park where I used to feed the ducks with Grandma Claire.
35: Love the scones with clotted cream and jam! | Dad's smart car | TIME | Caught up with Jessie for a drink and then to Soho for a late dinner | Tea at Fortnum and Mason
36: TOWER OF LONDON | Traitor's Gate- prisoners entered by boat through here for imprisonment in the Tower. | Tower Bridge | Went on a tour led by a funny and informative Beefeater. Saw the Crown Jewels and instruments of torture and had lunch overlooking the stately Tower Bridge.
37: Bloody Tower where the little Princes were murdered and Sir Walter Raleigh spent 13 years | King Henry VIII's armour | The Rack | Axe and chopping block used for beheadings. | Scaffold site where Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard were beheaded as well as others. | Imperial Crown of State
38: CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS | Entrance | Churchill conducted the war from these underground rooms left virtually untouched since the war. | Churchill's activities the day I was born! | Clementine's Bedroom | Churchill invented the jumpsuit!
39: THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT | House of Lords | House of Commons | Prince's Chamber | Oliver Cromwell | Richard I | The tour was fascinating and the decorations and rooms were as sumptuous and ornate as the Vatican, although on a much smaller scale.
40: Phoenix Jagger Lennard 8/14/10 | Jasmine had her baby while Avery and I were still there. We went to visit after a traditional British lunch at the Botanist in Sloane Square with Corinne and Dad.
41: Lunch in a pub. Tom let Evan have his first beer which he liked :( | THEATRE | SHOPPING | and to Topshop and Primark with Rivkah on Oxford Street. | Tub at Steve's house. | Harrods | After Tom and Evan left, Avery and I stayed with Maggie and Avery went to the Comedy Club with Mia, coming home at 4:30 AM! | We went shopping on Portobello Road | Billy Elliot and War Horse were incredible! The Queen show was good but not great. Love going to the theatre in London! | Back in 2012 for the Olympics? Hope so!