Norway (Day 14, Part 2)

July 1

Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

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[Continuing our bus tour in Shetland, heading back to Lerwick . . . ]

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[Lerwick at 60 degrees north latitude is right up there with the likes of Helsinki, Bergen, and Anchorage.  Its landscape looks “northerly” . . . ]

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[These are the moors (a tract of open uncultivated upland; a heath).  Of course, most of what we know about moors came from reading Sherlock Holmes novels.  Now, if you Google moor, you find several pages of a brand name clothing product.  Uff da!]

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[Peat is cut for fuel in many parts of Shetland and good days in May and June prompt some people to head for the peat banks.  The first stage is always to remove the grass and heather from the top of the peat bank.  The peat is then sliced off in neat bricks, using a special spade called a tushkar, and is laid to dry on the heather.  After a few days, the slowly-hardening pieces are “raised” into small pyramids to allow more air to reach them.  When it’s properly dry, the peat is bagged and brought home to be stored, to be used in stoves and fires over the following winter (www.shetland.org/60n/blogs/posts/peat-cutters-head-for-the-moors ).]

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[Derelict stone building . . . ]

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[Yes, I discovered the Loch Ness monster!  The others were all looking on the wrong Scottish island . . . ]

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[Derelict stone buildings . . . ]

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[As I promised in Part 1, more info about our guide, Laurie.

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[She has a master’s degree and is the editor of the Shetland Life.  Prior to taking on the role as editor, I worked for 10 years at the Shetland Museum & Archives as a curatorial assistant. A role that I very much loved for most of the time I was there, and one which I learned a tremendous amount about our island’s heritage and culture in.  Now, I’m able to combine my two passions – Shetland’s rich heritage and writing.  ~  Laurie (www.shetlandwithlaurie.com/)]

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[But she probably finds being a tour guide more monetarily satisfying . . . ]

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[A recent construction to decarbonize Shetland’s power and double its power capacity (www.insider.co.uk/news/new-plant-double-electricity-capacity-9868643).]

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[Hey, there’s our boat!]

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[Hey, there’s the inter-island ferry . . . ]

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[Well, thank you very much Scottish folks . . . ]

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[Cancer research in a castle?]

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[Bank of Scotland (I remembered that from sheer memory) . . . ]

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[Historical Old Town . . . ]

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[A beautiful day for a stroll through history . . . ]

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[And back to the icebreakers . . . ]

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[You just never know who you’re going to run into where . . . ]

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[The waterfront stroll . . . ]

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[The Queens Hotel, one of the few old stone buildings for which I could find a name.]

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[Arriving to pillage?]

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[Maybe they had advance reservations . . . ]

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[Then up the hill in the Old Town area . . . ]

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[At the corner of Knab Road and Annsbrae Place . . . ]

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[The Open Door Cafe – we did not test the premise . . . ]

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[The Scottish Episcopal Church welcomed us . . . ]

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[OK, how ’bout next week Tuesday?]

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[I’m going to guess a guest house . . . ]

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[I’m going to guess Bill . . . ]

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[Shetland library . . . ]

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[Town Hall clock tower . . . ]

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[At the top of Old Town . . . ]

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[Bill on the steps back down to the harbor level . . . ]

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[Shops, a Super favorite wherever . . . ]

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[Gotta love it . . . ]

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[Construction of Fort Charlotte began – though was not completed – in 1665, during the Second Dutch War. It was rebuilt more than a century later, during the War of American Independence, but the newer fort never saw military action.  Today, the fort is presented much as it would have looked in the 1780s (https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/fort-charlotte/).]

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[And back on harbor row . . . ]

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[The next seven photos are duly credited to the Super . . . ]

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[I think this was a chance venture down an alley . . . ]

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[And the Episcopal Church again . . . ]

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[Another guest house?]

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[And why not here?]

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[Some kind of artsy from the Super . . . ]

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[Thank you, Shetland!]

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[The final touristy shot in Shetland . . . ]

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[Waiting for the bus to take us to the ship . . . ]

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[Once back on board, this is Yan Yan.  She remembered us from the Panama Canal cruise (same ship, remember?) . . . ]

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[For the life of me, I can’t figure out why I didn’t remember her?]

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[Fine dining at Manfredi’s that night . . . ]

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[Something brown amongst greenery . . . ]

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[And the server bones your fish for you . . . ]

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[A little apres dinner sightseeing with Ole . . . ]

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[The same tug that greeted us here in the morning?]

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[The Bressay Lighthouse ahead . . . ]

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[The beautiful island of Bressay, just off the east coast of mainland Shetland.  Passing the ‘Bressa Light’ is the start and finishing post for any journey to or from Shetland by sea, and is a welcome landmark for locals and visitors alike.  The nineteenth century lighthouse provides a tranquil and peaceful retreat with open views across the sea.  Perfect for a family holiday, or enjoying a getaway with friends, the opportunity to stay in one of Shetland’s most famous landmarks is not to be missed (https://www.shetlandlighthouse.com/bressay-lighthouse).]

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[A tanker and our tug . . . ]

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[Ole, in the foreground, checking out the lighthouse . . . ]

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[Back in the room, saying good-bye to Shetland with Ole . . . ]

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[Say good-bye to Shetland, Ole!]

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[A beautiful sail away to Orkney . . . ]

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The Glasgow accent was so strong you could have built a bridge with it and known it would outlast the civilization that spawned it.  ~  Val McDermid

Up Next:  Cardinal football or Orkney . . .

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