Wednesday July 4, 2012

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Today began with everyone wearing striking Viking helmets. Well, not quite everyone. In fact, only me. And the rest of my loyal Kiwis (including my ever-loving wife) were too embarrassed to be seen near me in public – until Sandra came to my rescue!

Our ship had docked this morning in another stunning Norwegian city, Alesund – built across two islands at the mouth of the Stor Fjord, and known far and wide for its beautiful architecture, especially its fairytale turrets, spires and ornamentation. I kid you not, from up on the Mt Aksla scenic viewpoint, the town looked for all the world like Legoland.

We then drove out through some of the world’s longest sub-marine tunnels to the charming fishing villageof Alnes on the island of Godoy, where we stretched our legs and photographed the local lighthouse … before venturing on to another island, Giske, where we paid a quick visit to a 900-year-old church.

(Giske, by the way, is birthplace of the famous Viking King ‘Gangerolv’, who conquered Normandy in 911 – and became the ancestor of William the Conqueror, sire to the English Royal Family. Just thought you ought to know.)


We spend our final day in Norway bussing and training through forested canyons and snowy landscapes of the Hardanger Mountain Plateau

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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