Un-fjord-gettable Norway

Apologies to our five dedicated followers for the delay in posting! Our week in Norway just flew by. And now we’re in Berlin, where our internet is slow and intermittent. Without further delay, here’s a recap before the internet gets buggy again:

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Our journey began in Bergen. We planned the Norway part of our trip months ago and only recently did I get an email from my friend Marie asking what we thought about her and her family joining us. They’re on a similar sabbatical themselves and have been in Europe for the last month or so. We thought it would be fun, of course…but, given that it was high season and our trip was complicated–4 towns, 2 ferries, and a train–I thought it was a tall order for them to arrange everything so last minute. I needn’t have worried; they matched our itinerary exactly and it worked out perfectly! We even had apartments around the corner from each other. Bergen was a cute stop, but like the rest of Norway, extremely expensive!
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A nearly vertical ten-minute journey on a funicular to the top of Bergen.
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As you might infer from this photo, Theo hasn’t been digging posed photos lately. Ah well, 5 out of 6 ain’t bad! This is at the top of the funicular.
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Dinner in Bergen with these guys.
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The ferry ride out of Bergen was freezing and extremely windy, even with all our layers on!
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Marie and I met in 1997 (so…20 years ago!) during a summer high school program at Northwestern. After college, we both lived in NYC for a while and have been friends ever since. Now with husbands and toddlers in tow.
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St. Olaf Church in Balestrand, the cutest Nordic village you ever did see. This church is apparently the inspiration for some of the scenes in Frozen (if you care about that sort of thing.)
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The view from our room in the grand 19th century Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand. The hotel is practically ON the water!
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On the historic Flam Railway, known to be one the most beautiful train rides in the world. It was so stunning photos coudln’t even capture it. We were oohing and ahhing every few minutes. The boys were excited! For part of the journey, at least.
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Here we are during a brief train stop at Kjosfossen waterfall. According to local legend, it’s haunted by Huldra, a woman whose red dress concealed a cow’s tail, which she could only shed by snaring a husband. (Kinda a crap story in my opinion.) You can’t tell from this photo but each summer the Flam tourist board hires a dancer to pop out for a moment next to the waterfall to entertain the passengers. It was unexpected, to say the least, considering we were in the middle of nowhere!
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Just a playground in Flam.  NBD.
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Rafe hiked one night to the hills overlooking Flam. What a shot!

 

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We spent a day and a half in Oslo. Marie and family took off for Paris and we took off for Berlin shortly after. I have to say, Olso felt a little cold and meh, even in summer. Glad we went but don’t think we feel the need to return.
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Last morning in Oslo. Teaching the boys how to throw pennies in a fountain. I asked Theo what he wished for and he said, “I wish for mommy!” and then, “I wish for my blankie!” Aim high, son! (We might need to revisit the concept of wishes.)

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