Norway (Day 4, Part 1)

June 21

Flam – Bergen

We left Flam in the morning on a 2-hour fjord boat ride, then a 1-hour bus ride, then a 1-hour train ride, then a 1/2 hour walk, ultimately arriving at our hotel in Bergen. 

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[Flam, in the morning . . . ]

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[Our hotel against a background of nature . . . ]

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[After dinner the previous night, I left my camera under my chair and didn’t realize it till morning.  Then we had breakfast at the same restaurant and I misplaced my room key under my chair.  It’s a sign . . . ]

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[After breakfast, Ole went outside to smell the proverbial roses . . . ]

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[“It’s a beautiful morning,” said he.]

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[Where rain can only fall after sunset . . . ]

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[The souvenirs are the waterfalls beyond the gift shop . . . ]

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[Why yes, the human hand can provide a convenient sun block . . . ]

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[Ole found our boat . . . ]

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[Honoring the construction workers of Flamsbama.]

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[The Flåm Line (Flåmsbana) is a 20.2-kilometer (12.6 mi) long railway line between Myrdal and Flam.  A branch line of theBergen Line, it runs through the valley of Flamsdalent and connects the mainline with Sognefjord.  The line’s elevation difference is 863 meters (2,831 ft); it has ten stations, twenty tunnels and one bridge.  The maximum gradient is 5.5 percent (1:18). Because of its steep gradient and picturesque nature, the Flåm Line is now almost exclusively a tourist service and has become the third-most visited tourist attraction in Norway (Wikipedia).]

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[Our fjord cruise would be electric . . . ]

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[And there’s the beautiful, new, all electric fjord cruiser (there are at least two) . . . ]

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[A final stroll around Flam . . . ]

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[Hooray for Norway!!]

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[Ole and the Super look to find Flam on the globe . . . ]

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[That’s Africa, Ole . . . ]

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[OK, maybe too much here, but this thing was moving and we tried to catch it with Ole pointing to Flam . . . ]

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[He found it!]

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[OK, Ole, let’s get on the boat . . . ]

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[The stroll, continued . . . ]

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[Great day for a boat ride in one the world’s great fjords . . . ]

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[The Super has discovered our A-list seating arrangements . . . ]

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[I did a quick exterior roundabout . . . ]

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[The bleacher seats . . . ]

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[Well, the bleacher stands . . . ]

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[Leaving Flam . . . ]

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[Heading that way . . . ]

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[Leaving that way . . . ]

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[A picture postcard setting . . . ]

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[As a scenic tour boat heads out . . . ]

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[Hi!  It’s me!]

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[Hi!  It’s her!]

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[Now in several photos through the fjord an appropriate quote may be in order . . . ]

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[In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.  ~  Aristotle]

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[Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.  ~  Carl Sagan]

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[Nature is pleased with simplicity.  And nature is no dummy.  ~  Isaac Newton]

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[Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  ~  Rachel Carson]

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[Ooops, these are some selfies . . . ]

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[The Super, Ole, and the Norway flag . . . ]

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[There I feel that nothing can befall me.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson]

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[Leave the road, take the trails.  ~  Pythagoras]

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[Going to the mountains is going home.  ~  John Muir]

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[I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.  ~  William Shakespeare]

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[How did these houses get there?]

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[Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  ~  Lao Tzu]

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[Choose only one master – nature.  ~  Rembrandt]

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[The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.  ~  Albert Einstein]

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[I never saw a discontented tree.   ~  John Muir]

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[Our sister (brother?) boat returning to Flam . . . ]

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[Well, there may be more – they provide an amazingly quiet ride . . . ]

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[Adopt the pace of nature.  Her secret is patience.  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson]

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[Can’t be an easy commute?]

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[In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.  ~  John Muir]

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[The poetry of the earth is never dead.  ~  John Keats]

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[Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.  ~  Antoni Gaudi]

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[The world owes you nothing. It was here first.  ~  Mark Twain]

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[Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.  ~  Mark Twain]

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[I love nature, I just don’t want to get any of it on me.  ~  Woody Allen]

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[The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.  ~ Robert Frost]

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[Despite the surrounding beauty, one must still eat . . . ]

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[I was determined to know beans.  ~  Henry David Thoreau]

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[Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.  ~  Mary Oliver]

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[How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!  ~  John Muir]

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[Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.  ~  Rachel Carson]

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[Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.  ~  George Washington Carver]

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[I am not an atheist but an earthiest. Be true to the earth.  ~  Edward Abbey]

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[Where we were and where we went (to be continued) . . . ]

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It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.  ~  Henrik Ibsen

Up Next:  We will momentarily leave Norway for “camp” . . .

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