Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Trip To Norway After A Reader Comment

My post about our 3-system back up camera in the MH brought a few comments.  Randy asked if we thought the side view cameras had distorted views and became a distraction.  He and Pam have the same camera system in their Allegro and he only uses the main rear view camera.  I e-mailed back to answer his question with the answer, “No, we use it all the time.”  The side-views are never a replacement for doing it the old fashioned way first….look in the side mirrors to check the lane of traffic next to you.  Then use the side-view camera to verify the safety of a planned lane change.   I think this is one of those different strokes for different folks areas that we RVer’s have a lot of. 

Saturday we enjoyed a glorious day in Tumwater.  It was about 72F with a beautiful blue sky to see…..and NO humidity.   That got me to thinking about Walt Disney World and how it is really heating up back there right about now.  Lots of humidity, too, I am fairly certain.  Glad we are not there right now. 

I had some left over pics from Epcot’s Norway and I thought I’d share them with my readers today.  We always enjoy touring this pavilion and eating in their main restaurant, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  A few years back they changed this to a Princess Dining Experience.  Not our favorite change, but we still go there because the food is so fantastic.


This pavilion is built around a center courtyard and the surrounding buildings are built in an assortment of traditional Scandinavian architectural styles.  It is a beautiful place to visit.  DSCF3199There is a ride called Maelstrom, which is an indoor adventure boat ride.  A little short in duration, in our opinion.  You board these dragon headed ships for a voyage through rivers and seas detailing some Viking history interspersed with modern day Norway.  After the ride you can walk to a small theater to see a 5-minute film about life in Norway.  In typical Disney fashion the theater will empty out into their gift shops with imported clothing and souvenirs from Norway.  Trolls are BIG in Norway.



Once outdoors again, we took a look in at Bruce’s favorite place…..the bakery.  Here they have wonderful pastries and small sandwiches you can enjoy in an open air seating area.


One of the finest displays in this pavilion is a replica of a wooden stave church.  A stave church is a medieval wooden church.  They were built in the 1500’s and have a post and beam construction.  There are estimates of about 2,000 of these built in Norway.   A few remain today.  Inside this one are some artifacts related to stave churches.


It wouldn’t be Norway without a Viking present.


Norway used to be one of the least visited pavilions in the World Showcase (and our favorite).  That is until they turned a wonderful restaurant into a Princess Dining Experience.  Ah well….it got the tourists to go in there and eat now, didn’t it?

Until next time……so long for now!


Karen and Al said...

72 degrees and no humidity! I'm so jealous. My husband has an aunt that just came back from the real Norway....she told us about a fish dish they eat called Ludafisk. I'm not sure on the spelling..ever eaten that??

Margie M. said...

Yeah, the Northwest has pretty awesome weather in the summer.

Ludafisk we have not eaten. I've heard of it though. They do have some great selections of fish on their cold buffet here in the Disney Norway.

Thanks for your comment!

Rick and Paulette said...

Thanks for another great pavilion tour from Disney World(Epcot?). Those old Stave Churches look really neat, I'd love to see one of those for real. Even with the side mirrors on my truck, I always do the "over the shoulder" check before changing lanes. I think you're side cameras just add one more level of caution but, like you say, that comes after the usual safety measures.

Carol K said...

Lutefisk is an acquired taste! It's made from whitefish and lye.

I always enjoy your pictures of Disney World, especially Epcot.

Yes, this kind of weather makes the northwest a great home base!

Levonne said...

Great pictures Margie from your trip to Norway. I would love to visit there one day. Wish I could take The Jazz with me though! The Camp Host Housewife

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

No humidity? Now there is a place we need to visit. Looks like a lot of fun.

Sharon said...

Had been waiting for a quiet afternoon to settle in and get caught up from the beginning of your RV travel blog. Got the chance today, made a pot of fresh coffee and traveled with you and Bruce all afternoon. Enjoyed every minute of it and now can't wait to keep traveling with you (except your routine is going to be a little different for the next few weeks, isn't it?).

I loved the pics from today's post. We love visiting Norway while at EPCOT and often say to each other, "You are not the first to pass this way, NOR will you be the last" in that deep, mysterious voice you hear when the Maelstrom heads into the darkness.

BTW, believe I noticed from last year's post, that your anniversary is tomorrow so Happy Anniversary to the two of you.

Happytrails said...

More great pictures from your wonderful trip to Epcot. Norway is fabulous! :)
I agree with Karen...72 and no humidity is a dream!! Next year we MUST have the wheels on the bus go round and round and get the heck out of this heat. We're learning!!

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Margie M. said...

Thank you, Sharon. Yes June 28th is our anniversary. How sweet that you noted that after reading old posts! Thanks for leaving comments often; I hope you continue to enjoy reading about our lifestyle.

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