Monday, September 01, 2014

Just Flying Around

Things have been a bit quiet on this blog for a while, but there are reasons. One of them is that we have followed the guy in the photo above and taken to the wings.

We have had the opportunity to look at an ancient volcano - and almost stopped in our tracks by a new one.

We have seen some traditional red phone booths - almost a rarity in these days of the mobile phone.

The city were we stayed is famous for its castle, and as you can see it used to be heavily armed. 

The country is in the middle of a vibrant discussion that is to be settled by a referendum shortly.

By now you should know where we have been. The locals are extremely friendly to visitors, and even have Day Care Centres that take good care of husbands tired of shopping - and the wives too.

Have nice week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

While it is still summer ...

We have had an exceptionally fine summer, and sun, water and small children have been a very large part of it. Let us enjoy it now and remember it in winter.

Have a nice week-end!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Tall Ships on Parade

I promised some more photos from The Tall Ships Races in Bergen 2014. Here they are leaving in amid thunder and rain - the first rain for a very long time. Heading the fleet is Bergen's own "Statsraad Lehmkuhl".

 Here is "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" accompanied by the Dutch "Gulden Leeuw".

"Statsraad Lehmkuhl" in lone splendour.

"Gulden Leeuw" got some technical problems and had to return to port. It is passed by a Dutch colleague.

The Danish full rigged ship ship "Georg Stage".

The Norwegian full rigged ship "Sørlandet"

The Norwegian full rigged ship "Christian Radich" and a Swedish rwo-masted vessel.

 And finally three ships that all had got their sails up and making a colourful exit.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

And then it was all over

The Tall Ships Races 2014 in Bergen is over. "Kruzenshtern" and all the others left amid thunder and rain - maybe as a payment for the 30+ C we have had.

PS I have some hundred other photos from this event that I have to go through. Maybe I will post one or two some day

Friday, July 25, 2014

Singing in the Shrouds

The crew had manned the rails for a bit of singing when "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" entered the harbour. She is the Norwegian Queen of the Seas.

Here she is full-size

 "Christian Radich" from Oslo is making ready for mooring.

Something small - something large. The passenger ferry "Beffen" has been crossing the harbour for a century.

Not all the ships were that tall...

Some didn't even have masts.