Norway Day 4/5: Alta

We arrived in Alta, Norway relatively early, around 7:30 pm – you would have thought it’d be plenty of time to meet friends by 9pm, but you’d be wrong! We got a rental car so we could drive around and see the rock carvings in the morning and also get to our hotel. It took forever because they gave us … Continue Reading →

Norway Day 4: Bergen to Oslo to Alta

After our fjord trip, we ended up at Bergen airport, ready to catch our flight back to Oslo and then up north to Alta, where my friends live. We did have some decent seafood at the airport, of all places. I really liked Doug’s reker (shrimp) omlette. I had a shrimp risotto. So long, Bergen! Oslo is so nice and … Continue Reading →

Francaise Dinner Redux

I finally went through all the lovely photos that Beth took at the Francaise dinner in March and pulled out the couple of me I liked! The full set is available here: And photos for purchase here:

Jane Austen Ball

So last month we went to the Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern! It was super fun! I wore my formerly pale pink drawstring gown, which I had dyed a darker pink. Wver since I read Tom & Lorenzo’s complaint about how women who wear a color close to their own skin tone look like they are wearing a dress … Continue Reading →

What I’ve Been Up To – July, Part 2

Flowers: Trump your cat! Bunny! We had lunch in Old Greenbelt and walking back to the car, we saw this baby squirrel who, when he saw us coming, laid down to eat his acorn. Too funny! We did another Disney Food & Wine recipe – a beef kefta pocket with hummus. The pita bread we got totally ripped to pieces … Continue Reading →

Norway Day 4: Vik to Voss to Bergen

We left Vik behind just a little bit regretfully – it is such a lovely place! Here’s a view of it as we left: So green and beautiful! The drive up from Vik is super pretty – and we got this love view of Vik and Sognefjord: Then we drove up through the clouds: And the higher we got… snow! … Continue Reading →

Norway Day 4: Vik Steinkirke

After the Stavkirke in Vik, we stumbled on this pretty little Steinkirke or Stone church: Lovely view: Note the slate roof tiles:

Norway Day 4: Vangsnes to Vik Stavkirke

After we got to Vangsnes, after admiring where we’d come from, we headed south to Vik. So pretty! Vangsnes to Vik wasn’t far, not even a half hour. We easily found the Hopperstad Stave Church. We’d read that it was maybe a 20 minute walk from the harbor, but there was need to walk with a car. (And it actually … Continue Reading →

DC Museums and Monuments with Jasmin

In early August, we had an astronomy/physics student named Jasmin visit us from the UK. We have a mutual friend who asked if we could host her for the week and have her shadow us because she was very interested in outreach and was also on a paid internship that had travel money. So she came for the week and … Continue Reading →

Norway Day 4: Sogndal to Hella to Vangsnes

After our stay overnight in Sogndal, we headed first thing in the morning to Hella to catch the ferry to Vangsnes. We were headed back to Bergen via Vik and Voss. This post will mostly be about the ferry ride to Vangsnes. We drove about 40 minutes from Sogndal to Hella first. We stopped to checkout this lovely waterfall – … Continue Reading →

Norway Day 3: Kaupanger to Sogndal

We took the ferry up the Nærøyfjord from Gudvangen to Kaupanger. We got to Kaupanger around 8:45 or so, but hey, we’re up north, so it’s still light! We took a look at a nearby Stave Church while we were in town before driving on to our hotel in Sogndal. Here is the view of the fjord: Here’s Kaupanger Stave … Continue Reading →

Norway Day 3: Nærøyfjord

Nærøyfjord is an UNESCO Heritage site and well worth seeing – as the name would imply, it starts off very narrow and then opens up into Sognefjord. You can book tickets for the cruise here: We took the ferry from Gudvangen to Kaupanger. At Gudvangen, there’s also a giftshop/bathroom. There were also bathrooms on the ferry boat. And a … Continue Reading →