MORE OF THE AREA AROUND TRONDHEIM AS SEEN FROM THE CANAL AND THE FIORD
13.09.2012 10 °C
With Katrina as our guide we went on another walking trip around Trondheim ( Norwegian pronunciation is very unique- for instance Trondheim is pronounced Tronyeium by everyone. It is the closest spelling I could write for an English speaking person to pronounce).
It doesn't matter though - 95% of the people we have spoken to reply in English so there is no need for me or Norma to make fools of ourselves.
On the canal at Nyhavna there are 5 bunkers built by the Germans to house their North Sea submarines during WW2. The concrete construction over them is so thick (to withstand the Allies bombing raids ) that it would be an enormously costly job to remove them, so - the Norwegian government removed a little bit of the surface and built a shopping Mall, some government offices and prestige Waterfront apartments and a playground park (over the water and with no foundation or footing costs).
In the fiord, just about a mile from the mouth of the river Nidelva there is an island Munkholmen that was used by the Vikings as a scarepeople Island. It was used as an execution ground and the heads of the victims were stuck on poles as a warning to be good---?. In 1070AD a Benedictine Monastery was built there, and is thought to be the first in Scandinavia. In 1658 converted into a prison and fortress. Now a recreational area in the summer for Trondheim. The summer is from mid June to mid August.
Now to Hell ! after our guided tour of Trondheim we caught the bus to Hell. A small village of about 500 people who organise festivals for Rock Bands, Heavy Metal bands and Blues Groups. We were lucky because for the weekend we were in Trondheim there was a Blues Band Festival with Bands from G. Britain, USA, Sweden and Norway. Suited me very well as there were a couple of Bluegrass bands to which I am very partial.
The Hell people are very determined to keep the developers at bay, and keep their village as it is because of concern about new development around Trondheims new airport that was constructed not 1km away on the other side of the river. The Rica Group have already built a new hotel across the river and have called it the RICA HELL HOTEL. The Hell people are up in arms as Hell is only on their side of the river.
Any way we had a great time in Hell.
We had to leave the concert show about halfway through in the afternoon, much to my disappointment as my visit there may have been a taste of what's to come but the Hell Troll poked head around the Station House and scared it out of me.
JACK AND NORMA