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