Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fløibanen (again)


I once showed a picture of the lower station of the funicular Fløibanen in Bergen. This time I have a picture taken from the upper station of the funicular, showing one of the wagons and the harbour ("Vågen") in the background.

Of course, you walk up - the funicular is only for going down... ;-)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My Travel


You may have seen quite a number pictures of ships on these pages, but not quite so many air planes. However, today can I at least remedy that with this one of an Airbus (320?) passing by my terrace after taking off from Flesland Airport outside Bergen.

It belongs to MyTravel Airways which is owned by the company behind such travel companies as Ving and Saga. Where this one was going, I don't know. All I know is that in some weeks I'll be boarding one of these.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Repairing a bridge


We have heard much lately about the tragic collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. We have quite lot of bridges in Norway too, and it would be only natural if we wondered a bit about the state of our own bridges. The one shown here (and which I have shown many times before - just have a look around) is called Sotrabroen (the Sotra bridge) and connects the island of Lille-Sotra with Bergen. It was opened in 1971. I use at least a couple of times each day, so I really hope they look after it.

Which they seem to be doing, at the moment at least.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Columbus in Lofoten


The famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus was never in Lofoten, as far as I know. But this cruise ship named after him (Columbus) most certainly was about ten days ago.

You can see her leaving Leknes on her way out in Vestfjorden.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Å


English speaking guests may be a bit bewildered by the title of this post. The single letter Å (or å in lower-case) does not exist in the English language, but it does in several European ones; among them Norwegian. One can sometimes see it written as Aa or (aa). It is the last letter in our alphabet.

In our language it has many uses, among them as infinitive marker corresponding to the English to. It is also, as in this case, a name. The road sign shown here is from Å in the municipality of Moskenes in Lofoten in Nordland in Norway. There are however, several places in Scandinavia bearing this name.

At least, it should be easy to remember.