July 27, 2014 Stavanger, Norway
Partly cloudy, 72 degrees sunset 10:12 (still twilight at midnight)
Stavanger lies on the northwest coast of Norway and covers less than 30 miles. This city is home to NATO’s Joint Warfare Center. It is often described as more international and cosmopolitan than any comparable Norwegian city, Stavanger offers culture, shopping and nightlife all within the city center. The city center is car free.
Our stop was on a Sunday. They had a huge fest the night before. There was still lots of trash being picked up and the tents were just beginning to come down. Mom and I wandered around town. Dad stayed on the ship. A dark cloud was out but sunshine and heat took over the day.
We wandered past the harbor looking for Mc Donalds and free internet. Eventually we found it and stayed on at a great speed until my battery died. After doing all of our business we wandered around town. Mc Donald’s, 2 souvenir shops and church were the only things open for a while.
Mom and I wandered all around the town. Bars and storefronts had apts above them. They have large windows and they were all open. No screens, so hope there were no bugs. They had their music playing, filling up the walkways. It is all cobblestone and brick. Kind of reminded me of a German village.
The church bells were ringing, so we headed that way. The cathedral in the city center was built between 1123 and 1128. It still stands in impeccable condition and remains the oldest cathedral in Norway. They are currently doing some cleaning and renovations to the outside of it. I did not see any pews inside. There were straight back wooden chairs, 100s of them. It was a big and beautiful cathedral.
We did stop at a souvenir shop and got dad a hat pin. He did not have one from Norway so we got him a Viking. Mom and I each got magnets.
Once back on ship we went to the Dive In and got some great messy burgers. Next time, I will get some pictures. Great addition to HAL.
The afternoon was spent sitting on the promenade deck reading and napping. Sailaway was 4:30. Our dinner is always at 8:00pm. Dad had Indonesian food while mom and I had Osso Bucco. It is one of my favorite dishes. I even had some really good rice pudding for dessert. It was served with deep fried pineapple. Not a fan of that.
Encore was our show which is our Tenor Kevin with our Soprano Loryn. They of course opened with Phantom, did some well know opera, some classical songs, The Prayer and closed with Beethoven.
Good night from the smooth sailing MS Veendam.