Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Moon and first revealed Photos from Papas trip to Germany.

Easter Moon april 17-04-11 
Hello, here in Norway we have Easter Vacation from April 16 until April 26 – and the Schools starts at April 27.  Can you believe it?
Norway must be a Paradise;-)  And when working here, most people can afford to travel here and there, near and long distance several times a Year. We did only take an 1hr 40 minutes airflight from Oslo to Düsseldorf Airport this Week. We were picked up by Ingelin and went to Essen.
M-L and Mother web
To visit Ingelin and her Son
M-L outside with Grandma and i little help from Grandpa
And of course her Mother-in-law and Father-in-law. Her Husband was at Work. Sad but true.
M-L plaving with Papa
Papa played with his wondeful Grandson. He speaks several languages, even though he is not yet 18 Months young.
M-L loves hohes C 
He loves this Vitamin Drink. And he fixes everthing by himself.
Sehr bestimmt der Junge Mann.

More to come – real travel reports and something more, so stay tuned;-)

PS. You can comment in any Language;-)
Even as anonymous - just sign so I can thank you;-)

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Papa and Ginnie + Astrid just went to a small Village

 Ginnie and Astrid at Veranda 1
My regular readers do know Papa lives in Oslo, Capital of Norway. When we have foreign visitors, we like to show them something off the normal tourist-path. That is something everyone can experience.
First we took a walk in our Neighbourhood. Photos by Astrid and Ginnie.
We went to the small Village Dröbak about 40 km south of Oslo. My Grandmother was born here. And we can even see where our Summer House is situated. Here you see the 3 Mermaids
.Ginnie and Astrid - Photo at Cemetery Ginnie and Astrid - what Ginnie captured
Ginnie loves to take Photos. Here you see her in action and even what she shot. In fact, they died long before her shot;-)
Ginnie and Astrid - Astrid at diving board DSC_0448
Astrid at the Diving Board and a Light House in Oslo Fjord
2011-04-11 Det gamle bakeri Dröbak DSC_0450
DSC_0456 Mermaids 3 - Dröbak
Some more memorable Photos from the trip to Dröbak with Ginnie and Astrid.
*2011-04-11 Cesar Salad Dröbak
We had a very nice walk and ended up for Lunch in The Old Bakery. Here is the Cesar salad as served outdoor in 20 + C (70F)
At 60 degrees North on April 11.
2011-04-11 Gravelax Dröbak 
And here the GraveLax toast. Luxury. Did they like it. Just ask;-)
2011-04-11 Shrimps Dröbak 
Papa enjoyed fresh, pilled shrimps. The Bread was of course from The Old Backery, from 178x.
Dröbak also houses the Univerity of Oslo’s Marine Bioligical station, in this Old House.
Oslo - Blue Mosque 
After the visit to the charming Village of Dröbak, we went here, in Oslo. Loked down at the blue Mosque
Oslo Opera House 11-04-2011 
And the Oslo Opera House.
Ginnie and Astrid - just as is 
We had a wonderful time together with Ginnie and Astrid.
Hugs and kisses and thanks for your visit.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Papa meets blogger friends in Norway

First Weekend of April we had the pleasure to meet Ginnie and Astrid who came up from Holland to Oslo, Norway. Remember?

Last Sunday, the two adventure women returned from a 5 Days Cruise from up North in Kirkenes, close to the Russian Border down to Bergen. And even a Day and Night in Bergen when they met another blogfriend, Charles. On Sunday they embarqued the Day Train from Bergen to Oslo, crossing the Mountains.

Papa picked up the beautiful Ladies at Oslo central Station and had the pleasure to drive the to the Winter Home, about 10 miles (15-16 km south in Oslo).
Ginnie and Astrid - Veranda 
Winter Home? We could sit at the Veranda.
Ginnie and Astrid - Starter 
Later we went inside for Dinner. Avacados with Mayonnaise and Caviar as starter. You might also use pilled shrimps instead of Caviar. Or what your fantasy figures out.
Ginnie and Astrid - Fiskegrateng 
And Homemade Gratinated Fish. They listened to Anna when she explained her recipe.
Dessert? Raspberries from our Summer House.

More to come from Ginnie and Astrids visit. 
So stay tuned....

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Blogger Friends at the Oslo Opera House

Ginnie and Astrid from Holland loves to take Photos. And the new Opera House in Oslo has lots of exiting motives. Even on a foggy Day. They arrived with RennyBA and DianeCA in their Car, while papa arrived later by Train. Before papa arrived, they did have a guided tour behind the scenes.
Opera - Isbergskulptur 2 
While waiting outside in the fog, some photos were taken.
Opera - Tenor Swan and Castrate Singer 
Here you see the Tenor Swan  and the Castrate SingerOpera - deko foran garderobe
Inside decorations
Opera - Photo outside in
Here they are, all 4 of them, looking into the Foyer from the roof. Papa was inside.
Opera - Hello in there 
It took at while before they observed me.
Opera - outside shooters 
Papa went outdoor and shot them.
Opera - They shot me 
And they Shot Papa. Goodbye.

PS. Z U soon

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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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