Hiking in Norway

July 30th, 2011|Norway|

Not for the faint of heart, more of aboulder climb than a trail in parts...Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock in Englishis by far the most popular hike in Norway.About 5 1/2 hours round trip.We started our [...]

Statue of Liberty Copper

July 30th, 2011|Norway|

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuseof your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless,tempest tossed.I lift my lamp beside the golden door ! The origin of the copper mined for the statue?Stavanger, Norway.  Ya [...]

Lush and Green Norway

July 28th, 2011|Norway|

Norway reminded us of Washington and AlaskaOur train trip took us through 20 tunnels,then came around the corner to sceneslike this with farms and houses.Imagine living here next to a waterfall! At some point, weactually stopped [...]

Norske Architecture

July 27th, 2011|Norway|

Completed in 2007, the Oslo Opera Housefacade of white marble and granite risesfrom the water imitating a glacier.Sod roofing is traditionalin Scandinavia, for itssuperior insulation.  Peopleactually water and mowtheir roofs here!Homenkollen Ski Jump dominates thelandscape, [...]

Vigeland Park

July 27th, 2011|Norway|

The world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist,  Vigeland Park has 212 graniteand bronze nudes, all age groups and sizes.Completed between 1939-49, Vigeland wanted to portray people in situations rather than poses.The monolith contains 121figures carved out of a single piece of granite. Norway's favorite son, [...]

Screaming at the Munch Museum

July 27th, 2011|Norway|

One of the most famous paintingsin the world, The Scream is saidto represent the anxiety ofmodern man.  Munch paintedit after seeing a brilliantorange sunset in Oslo.The entire museum is dedicated to Edvard Munch, containing only his paintings.Norwegian [...]

Viking Ships in Oslo

July 27th, 2011|Norway|

My favorite masthead,graceful yet tremendously strong having lasted for hundreds of years.Captain Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)had planned an extensive expedition to explore the unseen North Pole, whenhe received a letter that Cook and Perry had already made it there.  He [...]