Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Last Day on MS Richard With: Trondheim to Åndalsnes

Stiftsgården the Kings Residence in Trondheim

We woke up on our last ship day to rain and dark skies. The ship docked 
in Trondheim and we actually had several hours to run around. That we 
did; we went 3.5 miles by my friends pedometer. It was very early and all 
the shops were closed but we mostly had the streets to ourselves. I apologize 
for the gloomy pictures. The weather, as always, was what it was!
Front Entrance

Upper building with Kings Shield

Modern Police Offices

Early morning shops
Very old Frue Kirke
Another great Children's shop

At the central square of Trondheim

Trondheim Postoffice
My little mascot Kirju, who lives in my knitting bag, in the beautiful ship lounge

More knitting as we watch the countryside go by
This is my mitten started on the ship
 The gold was my first ball of Finullgarn actually purchased in Norway
at a husfliden. I have used this yarn for years and it is my very favorite.
The pattern will be ready when I knit the 2nd mitten!

Last views from Hurtigruten MS Richard With from top deck

This trip on the Richard With was unbelievably magic.
Really smooth sailing, fantastic food, most beautiful views on earth.
modern bathrooms with actual heated floors!! Comfortable cabin.
Cuddly bunks.  I guess I liked it! I would go again in a minute!!!!

Transfer from ship to bus at Kristiansund
It is not far from Kristiansund to Åndalsnes but if you look at the map 
you will see it is over fjords and waterways. We went on the Atlantic
Highway, which is a modern marvel. Google it for videos. My pictures 
from the bus were awful. We then went over bridges, through a tunnel
and crossed the last bit on a ferry.

Ferry to Åndselsnes
 And low and behold, the sun came out!!!
Kirju sees Norway! Gorgeous!

View from our room in the Grand Hotel Bellevue Åndalsnes

From our other window

By the way, we are further south and there was still no "night"!!! We woke
to the full view of the gorgeous mountains. Of course we could have shut the drapes
but we loved the view so much we didn't.
I like this poster, it really shows the mountains and fjords in the Åndalsnes area.
 So next day off to Trollstigen, Trollveggen and the Rauma ullvarefabrikk.
 Remember the mountains off to the upper right in the back.

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