Monday, November 18, 2013

North Sea

Time and tenacity have gotten away from me.  Past due on a post and most of all pictures.  It is always the pictures that hold me up!  I've been putting off going through the hundreds we snapped on a two week cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Star around the North Sea that we took the end of September *hurts to admit how long I've been procrastinating*....

This was my first cruise experience and I must admit that I never really thought they were my cup of tea - turns out I was right - however, it was a great way to see some many places that I otherwise probably never would have had the opportunity because of travel logistics, money, time, etc.

The seas were great, the cruise staff very wonderful, the sights amazing and our toddler AWFUL!  For whatever reason Hannah did not eat or sleep well at all, which resulted in me feeling like a zombie.  Many of the young children on the ship were having similar issues.  She was a trooper when we really needed her to be and I am grateful for that much.

So we visited......
Bergen, Ålesund and Oslo Norway; Lerwick, Shetland Islands; Tórshavn, Faroe Islands; Reykjavík, Iceland; Helsingborg, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark.

Never in my life did I think that I'd ever get to see all these places.  I'd really like to return to Denmark and Norway.  All the ports were beautiful and interesting in their own regards.  

Bergen, Norway

Norwegian Wooden Scuplture

Top of the funicular

Bergen Fish Market

Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway (monstrosity of a ship to the left)

Canal, Alesund

Fisherman Statue, Alesund

Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Walk to the The Knab, Lerwick

The Knab, Lerwick

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Torshavn Harbor

Leaving Torshavn 

Cliffs & Clouds

Final Cliffs leaving Faroe Islands

Reykjavik, Iceland

Gullfoss, Iceland

Viking Museum; Oslo, Norway

Sculpture outside Viking Museum

Geyser, Iceland

Volcanic Crater Lake, Iceland

Sculpture in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, Oslo

Oslo Harbor 
Helsingborg, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark