Great day at Lillehammer and Maihaugen Open-air museum...

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Arriving Lillehammer

8 am and Gudny texted me to let me know she was leaving home. That was my signal to get ready... only this time, I was actually already up. ;o)

The weather was overcast, but looked promising, since a few ray of sunshine were coming thru the clouds. And the temp wasn't bad either. So I was really looking forward to a day out with G.

She arrived at my place around 9.30, sat for about 10-15 minutes before we were on our way. The drive isn't that eventfull, but it's not that far either. We used about an hour and arrived at Lillehammer at exactly 11am. I was going to get a new jacket, and also needed to find a restroom, so we stopped at Strandtorget Mall.

Stopped at the mall and went to the restroom.. the doorhandles showed whether it was free or occupied..
Found the restrooms first, and they had these nifty doorhandles with lights in them, that showed whether it was free or occupied. Obviously green for free, and red for occupied.
Ok.. on to the sports store.. tried on a lot of different jackets, but none that I liked so we left and went to the mainstreet instead. We were getting hungry as well, so decided to find a jacket for me first then something eat. And so we did. The last sports equipment store on the street I found one I really felt comfy in.. yaaay. So we went looking for a place to eat and since it was a nice day, partialy clouded and good temps we wanted to sit outdoors.

As we walked back we found a place called "Oliven" or "the Olive" in English. It looked nice and I went inside first to order. I was first in line, placed my orders and went back out. Then Gudny went in to place her order and she had a bunch of people in front of her.
free...
In the mean while I waited to get my food. After about 30 -40 minutes it FINALLY came and Gudny got hers at the same time. Damn, I've never waited that long for a chicken sandwich before in my life. And it wasn't that good either.. never going back there again !!!

After the lousy meal we were craving for some icecream and headed over to an icecream parlor. Ooooh heaven.. it was sooo yummy after that not so good food. HAHAHA...

  

On we go.. off to Maihaugen, the Open-air museum...

Maihaugen is located only about 5 minutes drive from the center of Lillehammer, and is easy to find as there are plenty of signs to tell you where to drive.

The mainstreet in Lillehammer
We parked at top/northern parking lot and had a bit of fun going the wrong way trying to get in. Your eyes are the first to go blind, and I guess we both had lost our sight for a while, since non of us saw the BIG sign saying Main entrance.. hahaha

Anyway... we found our way, paid the entrance fee of 100NOK ($20) and went inside. Of course, the first thing we did was to find the restroom. Didn't want to have to go as we were walking around this huge area....

As we started on our tour, the first thing we noticed were these kids cart right outside the doors. And we wouldn't have been us if we didn't have some fun with them and shoot some pics... hahaha. ( don't think we'll ever grow up.. ;o))

We took our time walking around, looking at these amazing buildings from the 1700's.

Arriving at Maihaugen outdoors museum
As all these buildings are autenthic and moved to the museum from all around the Gudbransdalen Valley, it gives you a great insight into how life must have been. When you walk around here, and look inside some of the houses, it's as you're transferred back to the 18th century. Life must have been so much harder then what it is today in many ways. But maybe they were happier then people of our time?

At this one farm, they had to have been very wealthy as the farm was huge. Even compared to todays standards. 
And I'm always amazed at how well preserved these buildings are and how skilled they were at putting them up. You won't find equally great carpentry today and I bet that the houses buildt today will NOT last as long.

On our walk we came upon this old tractor and again we just had to goof around.

main entrance
Taking turns climbing and striking different poses on it. It was as fun as ever and we laughed at ourselves.
As we did a wee bit later when we had fun with this old horsewagon. Should have had the horse, but we both took on that role for a quick photoshoot. We wanted to a pic with the both of us in the wagon and since it was facing the wrong way, Gudny turned it around as I set my cam on timer. Had to make a trial run before I got it. LOL...

By now our walk around this amazing place was almost over. The only part left was the town. The stores and buildings are equally well preserved as the rest of the buildings here, and it was fun to see how it used to look like. They even had one store open, that we only peeked inside and shot some pics. At the end of the street they have the post office. They show the history of postal service for the past 100 years. It was real cool to  see how the post men dressed a 100 years ago and also that they actually had to arm themselves due to bandits.
And the "America Letter"... so many emigrated to the States and sent letters home to those who were left behind. Must have been real hard to see their loved ones sail off to a foreign land they had only heard of.

 

Quest says:
@Zardo.... Nei, jeg kommer ikke fra Lillehammer, men ikke så langt i fra heller. Født på Gjøvik, oppvokst på Raufoss. HEHE

@James... thank you so much. Yes, it sure was a fun day.
I'll be sure to look for that bar in Key West. Since having 3 days on the road in FL, before Belize, I figured I'd go down there. They say the drive down is an awesome one. :o))
Posted on: Oct 11, 2010
caymanjim says:
Your trip into Lillehammer looks like it was alot of fun, great pictures as always... Only 10 days for me till I arrive in Belize, just a couple more longer for you. Can't wait to get there. If you make it to Key West in FLA before, go the the Schooner Wharf bar or the Conch Republic down by the marina. :{)} James
Posted on: Oct 11, 2010
Zardo says:
Great....
Men du kjæm itte fra Lill'ammer. :)

Thank's anyway for the lovely photos from this boring town - sorry, Lillehammer, but still I love you.
Well, it's not so bad - Maihaugen is calm and beautiful, telling all those fairytails from a different time.
Posted on: Oct 10, 2010
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Arriving Lillehammer
Arriving Lillehammer
Stopped at the mall and went to th…
Stopped at the mall and went to t…
free...
free...
The mainstreet in Lillehammer
The mainstreet in Lillehammer
Arriving at Maihaugen outdoors mus…
Arriving at Maihaugen outdoors mu…
main entrance
main entrance
G having fun in a kids cart
G having fun in a kids cart
Me having a bit of fun in a kids c…
Me having a bit of fun in a kids …
let the hike begin...
let the hike begin...
an old church
an old church
settlement from the 1700s
settlement from the 1700's
a birdhouse..
a birdhouse..
frontview of the church
frontview of the church
fish in the pond
fish in the pond
clouds reflecting in the water...
clouds reflecting in the water...
water lily
water lily
a small sundial
a small sundial
strike a pose...lol
strike a pose...lol
Im flying.. or at least I pretend…
I'm flying.. or at least I preten…
the beautiful colors of fall are s…
the beautiful colors of fall are …
farming equipment...
farming equipment...
amazing view
amazing view
some more old farming equipment..
some more old farming equipment..
old cans they had raw milk in...
old cans they had raw milk in...
inside Maihaugen restaurant
inside Maihaugen restaurant
the last butterfly of the year?
the last butterfly of the year?
how to lay sodroofs...
how to lay sodroofs...
an old ladder on the wall
an old ladder on the wall
need to sharpen your knife? :o))
need to sharpen your knife? :o))
its amazing how they decorated th…
it's amazing how they decorated t…
an old key to an equally old build…
an old key to an equally old buil…
an old kids sled...
an old kids sled...
steep stairs...
steep stairs...
this is how it looked like in a ho…
this is how it looked like in a h…
see how the grass comes off the ro…
see how the grass comes off the r…
1700s babys bed...
1700's baby's bed...
carved in a building on the farm..…
carved in a building on the farm.…
spidersweb...
spidersweb...
a new kind of cattle breed... its…
a new kind of cattle breed... it'…
what it must have looked like for …
what it must have looked like for…
carasin lamp
carasin lamp
guess he came looking for food, bu…
guess he came looking for food, b…
so peaceful and with no wind it ma…
so peaceful and with no wind it m…
it was such a great view
it was such a great view
so peaceful and serene...
so peaceful and serene...
a dad and his kid were having a bl…
a dad and his kid were having a b…
underneat the bridge..
underneat the bridge..
aaaaah... Im stuck. LMAO
aaaaah... I'm stuck. LMAO
G and me... (I set my cam on 10 se…
G and me... (I set my cam on 10 s…
me
me
looks so cool hanging down from th…
looks so cool hanging down from t…
some goats... and the sign on the …
some goats... and the sign on the…
bridge reflecting in the water
bridge reflecting in the water
little ducky... :o)
little ducky... :o)
another scenic spot along our route
another scenic spot along our route
crazy looking root
crazy looking root
coming into the town.
coming into the "town".
this building is from 1700s
this building is from 1700's
farmacy.. the small sign says: nig…
farmacy.. the small sign says: ni…
inside one of the old stores.. coo…
inside one of the old stores.. co…
the town square.. can see the bake…
the town square.. can see the bak…
an old post car
an old post car
an postoffice exhebition dating fr…
an postoffice exhebition dating f…
The Royal Postoffice.. its what i…
The Royal Postoffice.. it's what …
This one is called the America le…
This one is called "the America l…
Post on ship
Post on ship
Post on train
Post on train
an old mailbox
an old mailbox
signing a check...
signing a check...
an old postwagon...
an old postwagon...
an 1932 Harley Davidson post bike.…
an 1932 Harley Davidson post bike…
its so cool.. Harleys def my all…
it's so cool.. Harley's def my al…
G and me in the old post wagon
G and me in the old post wagon
I only missed the horse.. haha
I only missed the horse.. haha
post train..
post train..
train station
train station
G on the train
G on the train
the post office on the train
the "post office" on the train
Peace - Freedom.. written on the t…
Peace - Freedom.. written on the …
gettin off the train..
gettin off the train..
station clock
station clock
Lillehammer Sights & Attractions review
Open-air Museum, Maihaugen, Lillehammer
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