26 Jul 2023: Paris of the North
Previous visits in 2018&19 and now 2023.
Sun: Morten closing down the place before heading away. Rudolf appeared to say goodbye as we drove away from Kvaløya back to their Tromsø new flat. Safe journeys to us all who will be flying Southwards tomorrow, but without Rudolf – he needs to feed to be able&ready to fly Christmas gifts for good children around the world!
Mon: Morten&family took off 05.15hrs to OSL heading onto Møsvann. Walked around this new development on Marmælen to make sure as to not lose my way to the airport(5mins by bus). A thousands thanks to them for putting me up at both their lovely homes in Kvaløya&Tromsø, am so totally blessed with friends here.
The house where John#3&family lived when first time(1968)in Tromsø still stands, and less than 5mins walk from their new flat@Marmælen. Both Morten&Nils have moved back to this area along Langnesbakken where they grew up.
A house is not a homeWhen there’s no one there to hold you tightAnd no one there you can kiss goodnight – Burt Bacharach
The view from the new flat has not changed as remembered from the house then. Now this view is blocked by this new development from the house but Morten still has this view from their flat to remind him of his youthful years from the house!
Like then, can still watch the planes land when on the terrace here@Marmælen. Tkx to Claire for the ride to the airport to catch NorwegianAirNOK1,366S$180 19.50hrs~2hrs flight heading south to OSL arr on schedule. Appreciations for being picked up@OsloS on this dark&stormy night. What a contrast&difference to have been in clear blue sky with bright nights to arr in the dark…
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness ― Edward Bulwer Lytton, Paul Clifford
Who knows when&if there will be another visit, and if not, good memories with friends and Tromsdaltinden&Rudolf+his herd were there to bid me farewell on this glorious Mon evening.
Tue: organize&pack for just one more trip in Norway before crossing the ocean again!
Wed: heading South to Stavanger with ~9hrs(including rest stops) inland road-trip. Leaving when these flowers are in full bloom, need to find out the name! Stopped@Notodden to charge up the rental car and to get #6 a pair of long pants – he had on shorts and because of the dog, the AC in the car had to be on. Passing HeddalStavkirke, pix credits to #6.
EidsborgStavkirke for a bite&drink – one of the best lefsa tasted@the MuseumCafe.
Another stop as the dog got car sick and threw up, finally got to our Airbnb ~18.00hrs and KK arr ~22.40hrs by air from London/UK.