Happy Birthday to the Kingdom of Norway!
Today, May 17, is Norway's Constitution Day. Click on the link to see how the day is celebrated in Norway with parades of celebrants in national costumes, wonderful food, and lots and lots of flags.
The image above is of a model that sits in our living room. That's the Norwegian Sail Ship Christian Radich that was my husband's first ship, a training ship, when he left home at age 15 to join the Merchant Marine in Norway. He shows the grandchildren the mast he climbed and where his bunk was on the ship. When my husband and I were sailing on another ship in Norway we saw her many times docked next to us in Oslo. The Christian Radich is absolutely gorgeous to see in real life.
The Christian Radich launched in 1937 has a long history as a training ship, in movies, a visitor to the United States to celebrate our bicentennial, a tour ship, and is still in use. Click on the link to read more about this very impressive ship.
The model was a gift from me to my husband several years ago.
Happy Birthday, Norway! We are sending you best wishes from across the pond. :)
PS - I have been asked about My Honey's education since he left home at age 15 to go to sea. At that time, higher education was the original co-op program for seamen who worked hard. Unlike the proverbial seaman who spent his money on booze and women, each time My Honey came home for vacation over many years at sea, he went to engineering school to complete his various levels of education, then study for and complete the many exams for licenses that lead him to the top of his profession as a Maritime Marine Engineer and the position of Chief Engineer. Needless to say, I am very proud of My Honey. :)