|At each port destination locals welcomed us in traditional|
costumes and sometimes a band played. The Norwegian
costumes are very beautiful and are for sale at stores in the
larger cities (very expensive).
|Norwegian shops don't open until late by our standards but on|
Sunday morning, everything was closed and no one was on
the street. Many people live right downtown - this resident
has a great sense of humor!
|It was a pretty downtown and the site of the|
annual Molde Jazz Festival, one of the
largest and oldest in Europe.
|Molde is nicknamed the City of Roses - and there were|
certainly beautiful examples all around.
|We passed this lovely "Victorian" looking church on the|
trail up the hill.
|One of our first views along the trail up to the Varden lookout. Lots of lupine!|
|Another view further up. At about this point I decided to take it slower and joined a fellow cruiser who felt the same. Scott,|
Walt, Honoree and her husband bounded ahead and reached the top. My fellow traveler and I "smelled the roses" and didn't.
|It was a lovely sunny day and quite warm.|
|This charming young man was one of the local guides|
at the Romsdal Museum.
|The houses varied enormously by time period and economic|
|This was a simple version of the home on the left but still|
reasonable comfortable with windows. We saw one home
that was still used until the last century that only had a
hole in the roof (with a cover) to let out the smoke in an
|Here an example of the "garden roof" on an older building|
but they are often on modern buildings as well.
|This church housed a wonderful collection of religious|
folk art. The docent gave us an interesting lecture.
|This hands on demonstration showed the process of making|
flat bread - much like matzoh! We got to sample it with
hand churned butter - Yum.
|The "village" surrounded several scenic ponds.|
|We enjoyed the fun folk dancing show afterwards.|
|Scott, Honoree and Walt made it to the Varden outlooks and the views were spectacular.|