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Sunday, June 28, 2015

First Full Day in Norway

Good morning,

The first full day in Norway we drove out to the cemetery where My Honey's parents are buried. 

The image above was taken on the corner just outside our hotel in Toensberg, Norway.  The Tannlege is a dental office.
As we drove out of town we saw one of the new postal delivery vehicles now in service.  We stopped and talked with the mail man who said these have been in service for just a few years now.
Lush Norwegian farm land. 
On the way to the cemetery we stopped at the flower/plant store.  This store is much larger than it was in 2002 when we last stopped to buy flowers here. 
After purchasing flowers to place at the graves, we were back on the road.  We had fabulous weather while we were in Norway.  The small "kommunes" (communities) along the way had lovely homes in bright colors.  The blue sign on the right lists the cost to use this road.  In Norway each car has a "reader" on the top center of the windshield.  As you drive on the roads, you are taxed.  You'll get the bill at the end of the month.
 The red granite wall at the right of the image is granite mined in this area.
 This is a typical home in this area.  Almost every family along the coastline of Norway owns a boat.  :)  There were also much larger homes.
 My husband's Mom died in February.  While she was alive, he called her every week.  We were at sea and couldn't get a relief person for him in time to get to Norway for the funeral so we are making the trip to visit family now.  Sadly, this is not unusual in a country where so many people work at sea.  It was quite nice to be here now, because we were able to spend a great deal of relaxed time with family talking about the good times with Mom and Dad.
 My sister-in-law, Hanne, visits and cares for the flowers at the grave.  Families have a small area in front of the stone to plant or leave flowers. Lovely. 
 This cemetery is so very pretty.  Serenity and the lovely aroma of flowers. 

More of our Norway trip tomorrow.

All the best,
 Lois

4 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

awww. i'm sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. it is good you were able to go back to norway now.

Deere Driver said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Somehow I think that this visit will be full of melancholy but also healing. Glad you are with family.

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm sorry for your loss and that you had to wait so long to visit family after your mother-in-law's passing. That would be difficult. It's nice to see the way of life there and interesting how they tax one on the use of the roads. I wonder if this tax is expensive and if it keeps people from driving so much.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so sorry for your loss but I'm glad you were able to visit the grave and family. What an interesting tax on vehicles. I wonder if it will happen in North America where towns states and provinces are so far apart. Hmmm.