Great Cruise tour day-5

Our MSC Poesia

Our MSC Poesia

After a few weeks break of blogging, due to a 10-day trip to Australia, and a week of “traveling punishment” at work with loads to do, I am back on my blog, my pockets full of new adventures to tell. First comes first, let’s go on with the cruise before heading on the other trips.

On the 5th day of our Norwegian Fyords trip last summer, we found ourselves approaching to Stavenger early in the morning.

First sight of Stavenger, from our balcony

First sight of Stavenger, from our balcony

We had a full day in Stavenger, which was actually the largest city we have ever been in Norway. So we took a half day tour in Fyords and reserved the rest half for enjoying the summer in the city. The morning ritual was very same: early wake up, and early breakfast and early meeting at the theater and early moving out of the cruise, with our “number of the day” stickers on us and trying to follow our guides. For half day tour we took a Lysefyord boat trip, just by our cruise, which we shared with German, Italian and French speaking groups, so listened them all.

Coming to Norway I would very much like to climb on the famous Pulpit Rock, however, when you come with a cruise, with a group and with limited time to spent, we only could see it from the bottom of it.

Pulpit Rock, does not look so fascinating from down there

Pulpit Rock, does not look so fascinating from down there

Heading to Lysefyords

Heading to Lysefyords

Nature is so nice and calm

My Granddad, enjoying to be with us

My Granddad, aged 90+, enjoying to be with us

Returning from the Fyord trip, just like in all town centers, everyone of our group enjoyed to do as they wish. My preference was to head to the old town center, find some shopping places and lastly “people watch” activity at a cafe-most probably a touristy one.

Finding the old town was a bit of asking and seeking, but it was really worth it. Most superb tiny houses with fine flowers and lanes of art shops in between. Heaven for a traveler.

Tiny houses of old town

Tiny houses of old town

Cruise view from the lanes of old town

Cruise view from the lanes of old town

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Flowers enjoying the sunshine

Flowers enjoying the sunshine

Shopping streets, with some nice shops

Shopping streets, with some nice shops

And the "people watch" activity in a touristic cafe by the cruise

And the “people watch” activity in a touristic cafe by the cruise

Today our cruise departed at 4:00 pm, which allowed us to watch the departure ceremony, before dinner. With lovely song “Con teeee, partiro…” and crowds of people waving good bye to us, it was really worth to see. Departing from the port, we headed to the 13th floor deck, where a private party with the captain was organised for our group.

Good bye Stavenger

Good bye Stavenger

Our son with the captain Giuseppe Maresca

Our son with the captain Giuseppe Maresca

Great Cruise tour-day-4

The main activity of our summer has been the Cruise trip with MSC Poesia to Norwegian Fyords. We were a group of 8: Me, the organiser-as always, my husband and our son-as expected, my mom and her husband, my uncle and aunt and my grandfather. So group aged from 9 to 90.

Day 4 supposed to be at Flaam, however, a change in the schedule ruined many plans, luckily not ours. Before I joined to this cruise trip, I thought all route changes were due to weather conditions. But the case was, there was a big traffic accident in the tunnel, which was  the only connection point of Flaam to real world. Moreover, this tunnel, wouldn’t be fixed for another week. This accident did not only effected the daily excursions, but also a B plan needed to be made for food and other supplies to the cruise. It is amasing to see a “problem solving” case. In the cruise (as always in about 10 languages) it was announced that all day trips were cancelled except the “Norwegian waterfalls and train journey” tour – which was the one that we have chosen and paid for.

Once more our day started with an early wake up and a quick breakfast and getting to the theater. This time the theater was not crowded at all, as it was only a few hundred of us that would be able get off. Once more we were counted and got on the orange lifeboats and get off to the land, at another small village called Vik.

Good morning Vik

Good morning Vik

Waving good bye to our Cruise, we first visited a very nice Church, one of the best examples of wooden churches in Norway

Vik Church

Vik Church

After the visit of the church, we got on our buses and started to climb the Fyords once more, with a couple of stops at some viewpoints.

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DSC01972Besides the many waterfalls we saw on our way, our first visit to a water fall was Tvindefossen: Twinfalls, which consists of two water falls (as you can imagine) joining together just before they fall. But the main attraction of the waterfall is the belief that you obtain the infinite life and youth if you drink from this water.

Twin falls

Twin falls

Our son trying to obtain the infinite youth

Our son trying to obtain the infinite youth

Filling the depots with infinite lives, we head to another little town of Voss, just by a lovely lake, and enjoyed our meals at a hotel and restaurant – named Fleicher’s Hotel – which was a hotel managed by fifth generation of a family. Finishing our meals of open buffet, we enjoyed a nice coffee on the sunny veranda of the hotel and a little walk by the lake, before we got on our train.

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Artwork by a shop

The lake of Voss

The lake of Voss

After the little walking and some shopping at a souvenirs shop, we went to the train station. Our first train took us  to Myrdal and we took another train afterwards to Flaam, which was a 19th century train, going slowly enough to see all the waterfalls in the valley of Flaam. The train even stopped at one of the waterfalls to enjoy the cool, and take some photographs.

Train stopped by a waterfall and everybody got off to take photographes

Train stopped by a waterfall and everybody got off to take photographs

 

Train of old times

Train of old times

When we arrived the little Town of Flaam, we still had a few hours to spend. I and our son preferred to get on a touristic train to see the around, but I think it was very needless to do, as it meant another hour of sitting and watching around, which we were already doing all day. While we were stucked on this touristy thing with lots of babies and children, my uncle enjoyed a walk by the sea to find out a lovely deck with tiny sailboats, while my aunt did lots of shopping in a couple of souvenir shop, my husband and my grandfather relaxed at a cafe turned out from an old train and my mom and her husband did her daily meditation in their room.

While the sun was going down by the mountains we got on our cruise and watched the last minute shoppers. It looked a soo sad, while everybody getting on the cruise one by one, and the sun is lost very early, because of the high mountains around and only a few people remaining to wave goodbye to our cruise.

Our cruise in Flaam

Our cruise in Flaam

 

The sun urging to goodbye. View from our balcony.

The sun urging to goodbye. View from our balcony.