Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Along the Hardangerfjord

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
September 7, Monday – Road between Haukeligrend and Geilo, Norway
After breakfast of prunes, egg, and coffee, we started on our way.  Went over terrific mountain--in fact, fog was so thick could only see about 20 feet ahead.  Road was narrow and curving.  Took about 2 hrs. to get over it.  Drove along Hardanger fjord where Sylvia stole some delicious apples.  Were they good.  Then drove over a terrific mt. and for a while we were on top of the world.  Everything is turning fall colors and the countryside was all yellows, reds, and rusts.  Gorgeous scenery.

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

If they drove along the Hardangerfjord en route to Geilo, they probably drove along the Sørfjorden (a branch of the Hardangerfjord), through Odda and Lofthus, an area with many apple orchards:
Odda in Hardanger, Norway [1 January 1950] / David Hunter / CC-BY-2.0

"By the Hardangerfjorden in Norway, near Lofthus. Looking to south, see some apple trees" [20 May 2005] / Sondrekv / released to public domain

This is the 31st in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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