Friday, September 5, 2014

Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip: Ferry from Denmark to Norway

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
September 5,  Saturday – Between HirtshalsDenmark, and Kristiansand, Norway
After breakfast, drove down to boat where we went through customs and immigration.  On the boat* I promptly lost my breakfast, which you might know would have to happen after I had done so well.  After docking and going through Norwegian customs, we went to railroad station to eat.  The Olsons joined us there.  After we ate, we went to the hotel** and checked in  They took us down to restaurant where we had wine and then coffee.  They are wonderful people, fellow Americans from Forest Hills, Long Island, & they certainly did take care of us.
* This was probably the M / S Jylland [Jutland] of the Kristiansand Dampskibsselskap (KDS) line.  Although the photo below indicates that today's ferry ride is a little over four hours, it was probably a lot longer in 1953 with a slower ferry boat.

** According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends spent this night at the Hotel Ernst, Kristiansand, Norway.

The map at left shows the rough route from Hamburg, Germany (on September 2), to Hirtshals, Denmark, while the map below shows the approximate route of the ferry boat across the North Sea from Hirtshals to Kristiansand, Norway.

This is the 29th in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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