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OSLO-NORWAYS CAPITAL CITY and we are there !!

328 km NORTH OF KRISTIANSAND AND FOUR AND A HALF HOURS BY CAR

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A SUPER HIGHWAY BETWEEN THE TIP OF THE SOUTH WESTERN PENINSULAR OF NORWAY TO OSLO; MADE FOR A REASONABLY QUICK TRIP, MADE LONGER (according to Leanne) BY THE 200,000 OSLONIANS RETURNING TO OSLO AFTER THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS. MOST PEOPLE WHO HAVE A SUMMER HOUSE NEAR THE SEA MOVE OUT OF OSLO FOR THE WHOLE OF THE SCHOOL VACATION WHICH IS 2 MONTHS (MID JUNE TO MID AUGUST) .

Before the Freeways and Tollway highways were built to Kristiansand, the trip would take about 7 hours because of the number of fiords to go around and the hairpin roads up and down the steep sides of the rockslopes bordering the fiords. Now the road is nearly level as it hugs the coast for most of the route and it cuts through the mountains with double lane tunnels each way. (For the engineer types, this part of Norway is massive granite and the tunnels are unlined for the most part with support as needed by 'Rock Bolting' , which I am happy to boast was a technique developed by the Snowy Mountains Authority in 1957-8. I was a member of the team who conducted the first field testing of various rock bolts in the Eucumbene-Tumut tunnel. 13 miles long).

On the 328km of road between Kristiansand and Oslo there are 51 tunnels. The shortest is 208 metres long and the longest on that road is 2.3km . Norway has a total of 952 tunnels on major roads, the longest is 24km long with a roundabout and two branching tunnels to other destinations.

July is called the common holiday period and non essential government offices close, private medical surgeries, dentists, trades people, and others who can make an exodus to the south for the sun. the Norwegians make the most of the sun during the short summer period when the temp. gets up to about 28-32 deg. C. and for the most part, cloudless skies. (FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR THEY TAKE VITAMIN D). honest !!.

Oslo, at he top (north) end of the Oslo Fiord has a population of about 450,000 people and the main tourist attractions in central Oslo are the Fram Display museum,the Kon Tiki Centre and Vigeland Park. Today we are going to Vigeland Park, where there are over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. there are sculptures all over Oslo by him and some others, but by far he is the most featured. (while looking at the overall theme of his sculptures, I have a few thoughts about his personal preferences).

Anyway, here are some of the photos from today. The individual sculptures in Vigeland Park do not have any names on them about what they represent in meanings, so i think a personal interpretation would be in order.

Have fun --- Norma and Jack

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OUR VISIT TO LILLESAND

ONE OF THE OLDEST TOWNS IN NORWAY (ALL TIMBER HOUSES)

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Lillesand , literal translation (little sand) that is so because I took a photo of the beach. The town is noted all over Norway for the heritage of its timber houses, Civic buildings and Hotels shops etc., that are all built of timber. The locals are very proud of its heritage as such and no new building within the town can be built of anything else. (not that there are any vacant blocks that a new building can be put on).

The oldest one is the original town hall, now the Community Centre, built in 1734, many others have the year date on their fronts of 1830, 1844, and 1910 and 1912 are common. I was told of the new Visiting Boat Centre which some of our waterfront councils could copy in that they have really nice building that has well maintained toilets and showers, and a common room where yaghties and other boat people can use while they are also enjoying a free berth for their boat (for up to three days) while they are sailing around the coast of Norway. The centre looked new and I was floored when I found out that it was constructed 25 years previously. ( New in Norway is somewhat different to new for us).

Have a look at some of the boats in the 'other photos section of this "blog"

Leanne and Alex's summer holidays are finished now ( we arrived at the beginning of their last week) and we go up to Oslo tomorrow. 360 km north

More from there Jack and Norma

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WE'VE ARRIVED IN NORWAY

3 aircraft and 32hrs from Mascot and we arrived in Kristiansand a little tired but happy. Leanne was waiting and drove us to Hoevag, a small town on the lower east coast where Sebastian was waiting with the 'dinghy'. (see the first map). We all and our luggage were loaded in and in the "unsinkable" we headed south from Blicksund Quay along the "Blindleia Inner Passage" which is the main waterway route through the hundreds of small islands and 'skerries' that dot the east coast of Norway below Oslo.

This the summer holiday area of Norway and for 6-8 weeks of the year the population increases by 300-400% as they open up their 'summer houses' that line the waterways. Most of the houses are over 100 years old, beautifully kept and maintained and you have to have a relative who died to get possession of one.

The second map shows the island where Alex's family's summer house is and we'll be staying there for a week before going up to Oslo (3 1/2 hours drive).

Friday pm. Alex's uncle arrived in his boat and we went for a four hour cruise north along the Blindleia and Norma and I drooled over some of the 'summer houses' that occupy the islands. Some of them are built on a 'skerrie' which is just a rock outcrop of a half an acre or so!
Over 90% of the islands have mains water and electricity via underwater cables and pipes

Saturday off to Kristiansand.
Used to be the capital of Norway, old city took a few photos but the main reason we went there was that daughter Leanne and her two boys were entered in the Kristiansand Vesterjordet Indrestrondoey Hoevaad Lillesand Norway Half Marathon. I don't know the exact translation of the name of the run but the prize for first runner home was brand new Volvo 90 series Sport Sedan.

I have put a series of photos on,( in addition to the two maps,) of the trip we had on Alex's uncle's boat through the skerries north of their summer house. Nearly all of these houses are on islands and the people rent car parking spaces and mooring facilities for their boats that they have to use to get to their place. The local land owning people own the land and the water edge. To own a house on one of the islands you have to either own or rent both the car parking and boat mooring spot.

I'm worn out from watching those fit people running around the streets so this is all for this blog. Look out for another in a day or so.

By the way, it is the end of summer here and temp. today was 20C in the shade. All the best to all at Little Bay.

Jack and Norma

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