Before the weekend, it was stunningly beautiful here. Perfect sunny weather. We tried to go to the famed Bird Island of Runde, known for its many, many puffins. It was a beautiful drive and then, just a few kilometers away from the island, this extremely dark and large cloud started to roll over the mountains in front of us.
By the time we got to Runde, the temperature had dropped and it was cold and windy. (It actually looked a lot like when the fog rolls into San Francisco this time of year.) So we bailed on bird island and found a sunny spot for a hike.
Background: Chrissy applies SPF 2000 to Josie.
This was the view from the top.
Chrissy's husband Will has been on a business trip to Singapore so the next day, Chrissy and I took the kids on a mini vacation to Trondheim.
It takes about 6 hours to get to Trondheim, including two ferries, and a lot of tunnels and bridges.
This one looked like a modern version of the Golden Gate bridge. Only not golden. And only two lanes.
Our hotel, the Rika Nidelven, was lovely and situated right on the river that runs through town.
Josie especially loved the spinner.
I also loved that to the side of the kids' outdoor play area was this:
Yes, that's a catapult. A discarded catapult. Not, like blocked off or anything. Just put aside. It doesn't even have a sign on it that says not to touch it or play on it.
I guess the Norwegians just assume that people don't need to be told these things.
I also loved that one of the "Did you know?" signs in the museum had information about when the cheese plane was invented. Norwegians are very into their cheese planes. It's how they slice brunost, a traditional Norwegian cheese.
After the science museum, we were all ready for dinner. We took the kids to a fancy adult restaurant. While Josie and I were washing our hands after touching EVERYTHING at the Science Museum, the waitress came over to tell Chrissy about the dinner specials.
When we came back to the table, Chrissy was very excited.
"The fish of the day is halibut with a tomato-y sauce, and the meat of the day is whale."
Whale! Obviously, we HAD TO have some whale. When else do you have a chance to have whale?
Hopefully it wasn't baby whale...
Chrissy: "The kids will have child portions of the halibut with all the vegetables and sauces on the side and I'll have the whale."
Waitress: "The vale?"
Chrissy: "Yes, the whale."
Here's the whale.
Anyway, the whale was delicious.
So was the halibut.
We followed this delightful meal with some ice cream, because Norwegians love two things: dessert and hot dogs, and then rolled ourselves back to the hotel. We had a big day to prepare for on Sunday.
There was a massive breakfast buffet at the hotel for us to take down.
I didn't photograph it all but this is by far the best hotel breakfast I have ever seen in my life. It had everything: cured meats, many cheeses, hot meats, several kids of eggs, at least half a dozen types of salmon, a giant yogurt/cereal buffet, salad, a fruit buffet, a fresh-squeezed custom juice station, a slice-your-own-bread-station, and many, many trays of baked and griddled breakfast treats.
They even had a special section of gluten free breads and crackers. I love it here.
Fishcakes in the foreground.
Many delicious cold fishes. Don't worry, I sampled them all.
Josie's very excited about breakfast.
That brown flat thing toward the back of my plate is brunost. Please also note the half-eaten soft boiled egg in the middle. Look at how yellow (orange!) that yolk is! These eggs did not come from a factory farm.
After lunch, we rolled ourselves over to Nidaros Cathedral, which was originally built in the 11th century. It was really impressive, although we were not allowed to photograph the inside, so all I have for you is this:
It was a rainy day so we skipped the outdoor museum and headed home. Not two minutes outside of the city, it was lunchtime and the kids were claiming hunger despite our enormous breakfast binge, so we stopped for gas and a very Norwegian lunch of cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
No, seriously. Modern Norwegian cuisine bears a striking resemblance to carnival food.
We also had ice cream on the ferry. It was a banner day for food, that's for sure.
We also discovered an awesome Swedish pop song.