Wordless Wednesday….. A Favourite Place

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Location:-  Reine, The Lofotens, Norway

( Reine.  Only  ever seen from the sea as we sailed by.  But the drama of the location, the shear mystical appearance left a deep impression in my memory a memory easy to recall.  It is of course on that bucket list for a return for closer exploration – but do wonder if in these current global changes if that, and other dreams will ever be fulfilled )

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

Location: –   Early Morning overlooking Bergen, Norway.

Great memories….. and

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Year ago…… A Surprise View and more Memories in the Making

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Early morning on the 27th September, last year, our cruise ship sailed into Tromso Harbour.  The sun was bright, just like every day had been on our Norwegian cruise.  But by the time the boat had docked, a sea mist that turned into something thicker… gone were the views of Tromso and across the harbour to the Arctic Cathedral. It was a disappointment…. but then our Guide said we would be going up to the top of Storsteinen (The Big Rock) by cable car…. not impressed!  But he was enthusiastic in his assurance that it would be different and well worth while.

As you can see from the image above it certainly was.  OK., no grand view down the fjord or panoramic views over Tromso but the rolling layers of clouds below us and a warm sun bouncing off the clouds certainly was different and did make up for that earlier morning of doubts.

And thanks to a gentlemanly Japanese Tourist we have a very rare picture of the two of us

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After that, the mist lingered for a while, but the sun fought back and by midday we had a great autumn day to explore the City.  One highlight was the Stave Cathedral…sheer delight in craftsmanship.

The day didn’t finish as the sun went down.  We headed off in a minibus to the Lyngen Alps and with miraculously clear skies, (who would have thought it possible that morning), we had a fantastic display of the Aurora Borealis – yep, the Northern Lights gave us a two hour display.  Nor did we mind getting back to our ship at 2am, cold but still buzzing with excitement

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A memory of a September day…   still as fresh as a year ago

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Leaving of Liverpool…

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If I recall, there was once an emotive Folk Song on the theme of  “The Leaving of Liverpool”……  On September 20th. 2019, the sun drenched Liverpool Waterfront,  with its famous skyline, provide an equally dramatic and emotional backdrop, and start to our departure, on what would be a memorable trip to Norway.

Two days later after very calm seas, sunshine and blue skies, we woke to a very different, but equally individual skyline in Kristiansund.

The weather was too continue in the same sunny mood, enabling us to enjoy 14 days, heading north, along the Norwegian Coast, visiting location in Norway we hadn’t explored before. I will try to bring a little more flavour of Northern Norway and this fantastic spell of great weather later in the week 🙂

Yep, it was a year ago, but sometimes seems like yesterday.  In these strange times we count ourselves very lucky to have been able travel so freely and so safely.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

20th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday……… in the Shadows of the Mountains

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It was indeed a moody Monday morning when we arrived at Henningsvaer.   The harbour nestling below, and in the shadows of the circling mountains, gained added drama as the early sun did its best to break through the cloud layer.  The rugged Norwegian Lofoten Island coast, whilst providing the  scenic backdrops, also offer protection for the many  harbours.  Each harbour emphasising the Norwegian mix of Fishing, Island Travel and Leisure.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

17th August

(C) David Oakes 2020