The Retirees go Abroad – France Norway UK and Ireland – Bergen to Paris

We have received our disembarkation lecture and guess what the tour director is German – that explains a lot. We call in at Trondheim, and have a lovely walk around the town. Farewell dinner tonight because many people leaving here.

Last day and we really just sit around awaiting to arrive at Bergen. Big hug from Ms Hendrieksen fare welling us (Kerry has a headache so she misses out). Arrive at Bergen and we get a cab to the hotel in the heart of the city. Just down the road is the funicular to the top of the hill behind Bergen CBD and we take the trip to the top. Wow and the wind is just as amazing. A hot chocolate, a visit to the souvenir shop and we head to the 17th century fish market a UNESCO world heritage site. Very interesting and it is bitterly cold. Time for dinner and Pepe’s Pizza is in sight. A couple of pizzas 2 cokes and a bottle of red Krona 1160 about $240.00 – Norway is expensive when it comes to dining out.

Back to the hotel and some real room and a nice shower – boat trip was wonderful but 12 days is enough. Awoken by a severe shake of my leg. Kerry is up and I have slept through the alarm. Ablutions, dress, breakfast and the cab arrives. It is too small for 4 people and 7 pieces of luggage despite being told when booking the cab. In fact, he had a trainee with him so could not even fit 4 passengers. Order a new cab – we learn that there is an excess baggage fee and our cab ride hiked up to almost double the cost to travel in from the airport (krona 714 or $103.00). Kerry is most upset. Still we arrive in time to catch the plane which we do and fly to Oslo where we catch another plane to Paris CDG (Oslo – got off the plane went by bus to the terminal and then walked all the way back to the international terminal to catch our next flight – one way to ensure we get enough exercise).

Arrive in Paris and travel from CDG to 16th arrondissement (it took a considerable time and only cost euro 61 (including baggage fee). The cabbie had no idea where to find the hotel but got us there very directly once he found it in his Referdex – Yes Referdex. The hotel is down a mall (part of Rue de l’Anonciation) and it is just another door off the side walk. The room is small but manageable (we are back to finding which hotel can have the smallest bathroom). Wandered around locating ourselves and the metros. Found “Susan’s Place” a neat little “cafe de the” but no bookings available tonight then find Le Passy a bar and restaurant and had a drink (they had not heard of Kahlua and milk and were quite amused by it). Doug not feeling well, stays home while we trip into Champs Elysee and we walk down to Rue de Rivoli and around to Place Vendome and into Rue Marche du Honore where we find a superb spaghetti restaurant Fuxia and have dinner before going home.

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Retired Australian Lawyer having worked representing the innocent and the not so innocent in Australia and some of the remote parts of the world and having travelled widely through Europe, Western Russia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Thailand Malaysia Solomon Islands northern China, Hong Kong and the UAE So now that I have the time I am writing about my travels present and past. Hope you enjoy exploring off the beaten track.