Europe

Trondheim was to be a one night stop over before travelling by air to Tromsø, nicknamed the ‘Paris of the North’ in the 19th Century by visitors who were impressed by the very sophistication of the city. We were really excited at the idea of going there as it is considered one of the best places from which to see the Northern Lights. Just another 24 hours and we will be there. But first we needed to see what Trondheim had to offer.

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North SeaSo now it was time to go to sea. We had to board our Hurtigruten Ferry by 20:30 for departure at 22:00. Most of the sailing between ports would be at night so we would not see very much in the way of scenery or even just have a chance to watch the water. We had also been told that as we were travelling over Christmas Day, we would spend an extra night in the port of Ålesund. 

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Other old Bergen buildingsFrom 15th to 20th Centuries!After a good night’s sleep we went downstairs for breakfast which was, on a scale of 1-10, about a 6 and then set off to explore Bergen. In the past few months we had been watching a snippet about Bergen which was shown a number of times on the DSTV Travel Channel and a couple of things in particular stood out for us. These included the Gingerbread City created each December by the children of Bergen, Bryggen which is an area on the wharf with 14th Century wooden commersial buildings which are built on some ancient excavations and the Museum of Edvard GrieFung and his statue which has pride of place in the City centre.

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Time to move on - to day we will travel from Oslo on the Norwegian East Coast to Bergen on the West via the other highlight of our Aurora Safari Tour, Norway in a Nutshell. It was to be a long day with various forms of travel using train, bus and boat. Due to this we were advised to arrange with the hotel to have our luggage taken to our Bergen Hotel by a courier to save us having to move the luggage from train to bus to boat a few times. Although this was an added cost, about which we had been advised, it was well worthwhile. 

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We arrived in Oslo expecting to see everything covered in snow but the locals were expressing their disappointment at the lack thereof. There were some patches on higher ground, keeping the temperature down, but nothing within the city.

                                                                                                                             Polar Fram MuseumPolar Fram Museum

Entrance to Kon tiki MuseumEntrance to Kon tiki Museum. Note the Norwegian words for Entrance and Exit

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We had just 2 days of our holiday left (6 days more of the 30-day blog challenge) and today we really looked forward to seeing the renowned Nürburgring. One of the highlights was the opportunity to be driven around the circuit by an experienced driver. I was not too sure that it was something I would do for, as much as I enjoy watching F1 racing, I don’t think that I could be driven at such speed.

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About Me

I was born into the early part of the Baby Boomer generation, the 3rd of what came to be a family of 6 daughters. Although both our parents, who are now deceased, had been raised in rural Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) and the 2 eldest daughters were born in a country town, the other 4 of us were all born at home in Durban. Read More

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