|Trolls play a big part in Norwegian folklore. They are ugly, messy and nasty creatures that live in caves and forests and will turn to stone if sunlight hits them.|
(The Troll is on your left)
Norway, home of my great-grandparents is God's adventure-land amusement park. Beautiful landscape and incredible fjords with majestic train travels over visual wonders, and when you go to eat you pay prices that make you think you are at the concessions line at Disneyland. WOW, this place is expensive. We began our stay in Bergen, a seaside village that gives you a feeling of old world small town charm. We stayed in historic renovated wooden clad apartments from the 1800's.
Bergen has very nice museums. We went to one on Maritime history, Viking history, along with beautiful displays of the timeline of Bergen, Art museums with a wonderful display of Edvard Munch, (who along with Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Greig are Norway's celebrated Artists). There is a stunning funicular ride and a charming reconstructed historic village. All in all very nice, but as "foodies" when you have to fork over $22 for seafood chowder, $25 for a BLT, OR, a single can of local beer (in a grocery store) is $5, you know your time here is limited.
From Bergen we took a 7 hour dazzling scenic train ride into Oslo. A train ride not to miss! . We spent 2 nights in Oslo before heading to Finland
|Edvard Munch "The Scream" aka " Grocery store horrors"|
|A restored historic neighborhood in Bergen - we stayed in a timber-clad house.|
|Richard Leif's original birth name was Leif Eric, named after Leif Ericsson a famous Viking in Norway. I can see the ancestral resemblance...|
| We are not architects, but I am amazed at the skyline in this city. To me, I am in an outdoor modern art museum - the architecture here are works of art. The Oslo Opera House is worth the trip to visit without going inside.|
|Off to Toivo's people in Finland!!|