Wednesday July 4, 2012

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Today began with everyone wearing striking Viking helmets. Well, not quite everyone. In fact, only me. And the rest of my loyal Kiwis (including my ever-loving wife) were too embarrassed to be seen near me in public – until Sandra came to my rescue!

Our ship had docked this morning in another stunning Norwegian city, Alesund – built across two islands at the mouth of the Stor Fjord, and known far and wide for its beautiful architecture, especially its fairytale turrets, spires and ornamentation. I kid you not, from up on the Mt Aksla scenic viewpoint, the town looked for all the world like Legoland.

We then drove out through some of the world’s longest sub-marine tunnels to the charming fishing villageof Alnes on the island of Godoy, where we stretched our legs and photographed the local lighthouse … before venturing on to another island, Giske, where we paid a quick visit to a 900-year-old church.

(Giske, by the way, is birthplace of the famous Viking King ‘Gangerolv’, who conquered Normandy in 911 – and became the ancestor of William the Conqueror, sire to the English Royal Family. Just thought you ought to know.)


We spend our final day in Norway bussing and training through forested canyons and snowy landscapes of the Hardanger Mountain Plateau

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!


  1. Joan Blacker Pleased to see you are having an awesome time . I look forward in seeing your photos. By the way Roger is in the finals! Finger crossed he wins Joan. Look forward in seeing you when you are home! Janette x

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