Saturday, April 02, 2011

Papa meeting Blogfriends and was Driver….

This Weekend Ginnie (In Soul) and Astrid are in Oslo, Norway. A dream have come true: We have met face to face.  At last. It's great to meet Blogfriends.

In fact, we have written about such an event since long. And when we met – well, as Ginnie said: You are even better in real life than on the Internet and visa versa
My dear readers who have experienced the same, you do know we are known via our blogs and comments before we meet in blood and flesh. Which means we do not start from zero but are “Family” before we share hugs and look into our eyes and talk about everything that matters for each of us.

Friday afternoon Anna and me went the small 25 km from our winterhome to Renny’s and Diane’s place. The visit and the “Program” was well planned, at least as well and flexible as is needed when visiting Oslo this time of Spring.
Dinner - Starter 
We stayed overnight and had a first class dinner and lot’s of talking. In fact we talked about everything, but our talks and meanings seems not to rescue the world from unpleasent situations in a short perspective. But as bloggers, we can to a lot;-)
Dinner - Cod with Sandefiord Butter  - bacon - Carrots and Almond Potetoes 
Cod as main dish – with Carrots, bacon and Almond Potatoes and of course Sandefiord Butter (a kind of Sauce Hollandaise)
Dinner - delicious 
We wondered if Ginnie and Astrid would like it. Did they?
Saturday breakfast. Anna is there as well;-)

Saturday we had planned to visit the peninsula in Oslo (Bygdöy) where papa grew up and lived for 30 years. We went out, without Anna who had to leave back to our Winter Home, to feed the Cats and all what’s needed to do in a Home. While Papa was the Driver for Ginnie, Astrid, Diane and Renny.
Seamen War Monument 1 
First target: The Museums at Bygdöynes (Bygdöy Headland).
We started outside to see the Monuments (Here the Tribute to the Norwegian Merchandise seamen who died for the Allience in the combat against the Nazis)Seamen War Monument - Ginnie and Renny
RennyBA explains the text written in Norwegian for Ginnie.Astrid shoots Boats 
From here you normally have a very good view into downtown Oslo and the inner part of the Oslofiord. But not this Saturday: Fog.  Only about 100 meters (110 yards) at the most we could see. But that’s exciting for Photography. Here Astrid in action.
Kontiki Museum - Sculpture 
First we did visit the Kontiki Museum,
Kontiki Museum Ra 2 - 2 
…. where you also will find the Papyros Boat Ra 2,
Kontiki Museum - Easter Island Cave mask 
…. remedies from Napa Rui (Easter Island)  like these
Kontiki Museum - Easter Island Cave Man 
… found in a cave besides the Kontiki raft.  And even from excavations in Peru.
Kontiki Museum - Polynesian Boat 
A very special museum you would not believe to find in Norway.

But just 10-15 seconds walking distance away, it’s a museum you might expect to find in Oslo, Norway:
Fram - The Ship Bell
The Polar Ship Fram Museum

Why is this so special? Why should you visit?
First of all: The first Ship ever to go to both the Antartica and the Artic. Here you will learn, with excellent documentations, Photos and facts about the first expeditions to the globes extremeties around the North and South Pole. And the Northern Islands of Canada and Russia.
Fram - Steering deck 
You can board the Ship and see how they lived and how they entertained during years out in Polar environments more than 100 years ago. The Fram was special constructed for Polar expedition. Papa thinks it’s a blast and surprise of a Museum.
Fram - Ginnie and Astrid photographing 
PS. You do not meet Polar Climate inside the Museum. Just opposite. Just ask Ginnie;-)
Inuit water way sign - gift from Canada to Norway 
Well, after these two exciting Museums plus outdoor exhibitions, we went to the Car, and papa, the driver turned the key to start his car. Dead. Dead and dead. Not a sound.
Papa felt like a silly Duck – the two of them even asked papa for food. He needed help to start his Car. Not hungry Ducks;-)
In vain. So papa’s blogger friends had to take the bus to the next museum. So keep on looking for the reports from Papas blog-friends. You’ll find their url’s at top of this post.
Contrasts - new and old
Cruiseliner in Fog
…. while papa waited for assitance to start his car (That took about 1 hour),  some Photos were taken while waiting. The Fog slowly went allmost away.
The King 
And papa even could see the King.  Ja, that’s the name of this building.
The message  from Sserviceman was clear: "You need a new Starter".
Papa will fixe as soon as the servicestations opens next week.

Well, papa, the Driver, missed the tour at the Outdoor Cultural Museum  and headed right home. Even the Dinner was spoiled.

Papa has visited this Museum since very young several times. We boys knew how to enter without paying. And besides: Only 2 minutes away. LOL.

But, papa will meet his blog friends again in Oslo on Sunday. But then he will go by Train;-)

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Blogger Ginnie said...

We hate it, Tor, that you didn't end up with us the rest of the day because it wasn't the same without you. BUT we are so thankful we had the entire first part with you. Thank you for driving, because it meant we all could fit together in the same car. Also, we know we will see you again next weekend, so that's something to look forward to.

Speaking of which, when we come to Oslo S station on Sunday, where/how do we meet you there?

April 02, 2011 10:20 pm  
Blogger Lelé Batita said...

Hi, Tor!
I loved this post about a mini-Oslo-Blog-Gathering with friends from Holland!
You're such a good host, and Renny, Diane and Anna as well!
I hope you spend a wonderful time together and can enjoy each other's company and friendship.
Fix the car and go on!
Kisses and hugs from Portugal.

April 02, 2011 10:33 pm  
Anonymous RennyBA's Terella said...

Dear Tor, thanks for being such a great co-host and guiding us around where you grew up! This post really shows your in homeland :-)
Thanks also to you and Anna for your contribution to make the party last night a success!
Don't feel sorry about your car trouble; since we had our OsloPass and then free use of public transportation, we manage very well :-)

April 02, 2011 11:15 pm  
Anonymous claudie said...

The peninsula in Oslo (Bygdöy)!!
We had such great time here with you!
I remember still the home you grew up, the school. Sad you had a problem with your car. But luckely the Oslo pass ! We miss you all!

April 03, 2011 12:42 am  
Blogger Ozkatt said...

It's lovely meeting blog friends, isn't it, Tor? I'm glad you're having such a great time, even if the starter motor did die on you! Of course, that's the time when something will go wrong with your car...when you're showing friends around!

I hope all is will with you, Anna and the cats. x

April 03, 2011 10:26 am  
Anonymous Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Oh yes, we know very well how swell a visit there is!!! Haven't forgotten about our summer visit there. Simply fabulous.

What a bad luck with your car.... Now of all times... Poor you! I hope you get the new starter fixed fast as lightening!

April 03, 2011 4:55 pm  
Blogger Sandee said...

Meeting blog friends is indeed wonderful. I've made so many wonderful friends all around the country and the world.

Sorry about your car starter. I hate having vehicle issues.

Have a terrific day. Big hug to you both. :)

April 03, 2011 7:14 pm  

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