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Celebrity Silhouette, Norwegian Fjords Sept. 1 2019

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22 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

The quiet. What a pleasure to experience it. No wind. Still air at a perfect temperature for a man

in a leather jacket and a couple of layers. The kind of scene where a seagull cry can split the air like an explosion. I'm not trying to take photos from a moving vehicle on land or sea as I did in Bergen and would do in Flam and Stavanger. I'm on my feet and those are steady. I have time to look at what I am taking pictures of, move around to get the best angle, studying the readouts from the camera and savoring the hobby.  

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I love how you put your thoughts into words...I can almost imagine being here.  I felt like this in Venice...I got up early, before anyone else in our group.  Sat out side the hotel on the main canal and watch the city come to life.  So peaceful being able to take it all in on my own pace...

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9 hours ago, tcmagnum said:

 

I love how you put your thoughts into words...I can almost imagine being here.  I felt like this in Venice...I got up early, before anyone else in our group.  Sat out side the hotel on the main canal and watch the city come to life.  So peaceful being able to take it all in on my own pace...

 

Thanks for the comments and for being able to put yourself in my shoes from experience.

Stopping to "smell the roses" is a big part of my love for travel and the early morning as a city sleeps and then slowly starts to come alive is the best part of the day for me.

In Venice (and Rome) I was on the streets at 5 a.m in the dark but in those places my antennae were up and it was not a relaxed experience like Alesund in broad daylight. But I wasn't accosted in Venice or Rome- I was just using the senses I would use in a violent city like Chicago, where I am often out on the street at 5 a.m in the dark but stay close to home and there are whole swaths of Chicago I wouldn't dream of stepping into at any time of day.

 

Quiet is a treasure, both to me and Carol. Canned music is all around even when you take an elevator ride in the USA, add the sirens from police fire and ambulance, honking car horns, people taking into their cell phones 24/7, car sound systems that rattle the bodywork and so on.

 

We had a hotel in Venice like you describe -Sant Angelo I think it was called, right by the Vaparetto stop of the same name and I sat out there 5 feet from the Grand Canal in the early morning with my espresso and late at night with my sambuca and reveled in each minute. Life was good. And it was good in Norway.

Much more to come!

Norris

 

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Thank you for your great review and photos, we were on the cruise the week before you and the photos certainly bring back some lovely memories of a beautiful ship and fantastic locations.

 

Some of the locals of Bergen and Alesund:

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Back  to the ship

I dread to think how my day in Alesund would have been if it had rained constantly. No Mt Aksla walk! Ditto Bergen.

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Carol was in this building at the time enjoying the museum

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You don't need a shuttle to get in or out of the port in Alesund -just feet. 

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a great shop for cruise passengers and fridge magneteria

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my guess is the hull will be painted dark blue during dry dock and I don't approve if so

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the little engine that could

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taxi!

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been there, done that

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Back on board at Sunset Bar with Guinness

 

rainfall over the distant mountains

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that rainfall made a beeline for the Sunset Bar and soon all was much cooler and wetter and everyone fled indoors

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I met Carol in the long corridor to our room and she had enjoyed her excursion, particularly the otters who are like cats in their cuteness but with waterproof fur. She was jonesing for afternoon tea so we hit the buffet and ate indoors. On leaving the buffet a waiter accosted us to tell us that Le Petit Chef restaurant was discounting the 8.15 dinner seating. $35 pp instead of the usual $55. As I wanted to experience it for myself I suggested we book it and Carol was game.

 

At 5pm we pushed away from the dock just as Pacific Princess had done a few minutes prior

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the town's fireboat gave a farewell spray

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our turn

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Drizzle and cooler air as the ship got speed meant it would be an indoors night.

For us, after leaving the harbor it could only mean one thing- a nap

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I'm down on deck 3 after my nap to get a beer to take to deck 5 where I won't get wet

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Passport Bar

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while down here...

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suites only

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there were some menus to tempt

Luminae

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Tuscan Grille lunch

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Sushi on 5

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While we are getting dressed in Smart Casual outfits here's a little catch-up video

 

 

 

 

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Le Petit Chef

It happens in the restaurant known and loved as QSine. You have to be there on time, in our case seated by 8.15pm. Keep your stuff off the table-in my case cameras but could be purse. Don't lean over your plate before your eat as there is a projector involved. Each course is introduced by a chef who appears on your plate. Rule #1-don't move your plate. 

 

 

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I opted for the alternative soup-French onion but Carol enjoyed her Bouilliabaisse. The dishes are taken away and then it's on to another act

 

 

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Le Petit Chef looks amazing! We aren’t usually into specialty restaurants, but for the right price, we would do that! I can’t wait to see your actual dinner!

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along the way to dinner

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the poor bare tree

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Le Petit Chef

You've seen the show on video. Something different huh? Fun! The food was good although don't expect big portions. Here's the lobster dish

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the food was very tasty.

Filet Mignon medium..

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ice cream sundae

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mango sorbet

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espresso and Sambuca

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Good meal, fun presentation we were happy to pay $35 each for. The light in the room is very low for taking photos so these were taken @ ISO 25600 mainly (for the camera people)

 

Next the room....

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QSine, the room

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pictures taken after the show/meal

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You can see the 4 circular projectors above each table in this shot 

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Friendly staff. Service was on point

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It was a 2 hour meal so no show for us (shows at 7 and 9 pm).

Some were having a blast

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On deck for my after-dinner cigarette it was still raining and cool

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Tomorrow we will wake up already berthed in Flam and have a long excursion called Norway in a Nutshell. We are in bed by 11 and fast asleep by 11.01

Norris

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The Alesund aquarium excursion. This was a great little excursion, just the right length. Also the best tour guide of the trip. A professional handball player from Macedonia. He kept everybody engaged, taught us some Norwegian, and was very knowledgeable about Alesund’s famous Art Nouveau architecture, pointing out gorgeous little details on the buildings I would otherwise have missed. Of course the fire was a great tragedy but it accounts for the unique architectural uniformity of the city. 

 

We had a nice long time at the aquarium, which had both indoor and outdoor exhibits and  a dramatic waterfront location. I’ll try to insert some of my photos but my iPhone shots are embarrassed to appear alongside  Norris’s photography! The tanks are all filled with sea water and feature the staple fish of the area such as herring, cod, and salmon. Outdoors are the penguins, seals, and otters. Many hands on exhibits inside and timed feedings. You can barely see the diver for the fish! Later I visited the Art Nouveau Museum, a former apothecary shop with the owner’s home above it. There is a great “time machine” exhibit about the fire and the amazing rebuilding feat and stunning Art Nouveau rooms and decor. 

 

Carol

 

 

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Thanks, Carol, for the review and pictures! I think I’d have gone along for the ride with you and sent my DH to climb hills with Norris! I would have loved the view from the top of that hill, but my legs would not have loved the walk up that hill or back down it! 😱

 

Please tell your iPhone not to be embarrassed. It took perfectly good iPhone photos. Besides, I’ll bet that camera Norris uses so effectively can’t do a lot of things your iPhone can do with ease. 

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5 hours ago, perfect match said:

Thanks, Carol, for the review and pictures! I think I’d have gone along for the ride with you and sent my DH to climb hills with Norris! I would have loved the view from the top of that hill, but my legs would not have loved the walk up that hill or back down it! 😱

 

 

The little tourist trolley will take you to the top (for a fee) - so no walking required unless you want to.

 

Robert

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Had you not gone ashore in Alesund here were your choices

 

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Norris

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Camera gear used this trip

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An iPhone 5 was used to take this picture and airplane shots (not yet seen). I left 2 cameras at home this time- a Canon T3i and a GoPro 3 so the camera used was the Canon 6D Mk II you see on the Manfrotto tripod. If you are wondering why an iPhone 5? It fits on my belt at work and a bigger phone wouldn't work as I bend down a lot and that makes back pocket storage a no-no too. I see a lot of iPhone users with cracked screens. Not mine.

The lens on the camera  is a Canon 16-35mm F4L with image stabilization (used in tight spaces such as at dinner-lens was still on the camera from Le Petit Chef)

 

The camera has no flash nor do I use it. (ISO up to 40,000 so can take pictures at night with very little light) It has wi-fi which I didn't use this trip-I can set it on the tripod and take selfies using my phone to control the camera. I can see the picture I'll get via the phone. It also has GPS to let me know where exactly the photo was taken but that's a battery-suck and I don't use it.

 

Other lenses from Left to Right;

 

Canon 24-70mm F4L lens with image stabilization- most used lens in the review. My walk around lens. Has Macro for extreme close-up but I use that for flower close-ups only

 

Carl Zeiss 21mm F2.8 Distagon manual lens (no auto focus) used for wide angle shots up mountains or in fjords

Not used on bus shots as I have to focus by hand and eye

 

Canon 70-200 mm F4L telephoto with image stabilization used for zoom shots from up mountains (e.g ship closeups in Bergen and Alesund)

 

Canon 40mm F1.8 Prime lens (called a Pancake as it is so small) Very detailed images, no zoom. 

 

Sony HD video camera

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