06.08.2007 -17 °C
Tuesday, June 19
Sunrise: 3:01AM Sunset: 11:37PM Temperature: 50° Partial clouds
Trondheim is an ancient Viking capital dating back to 996 with a population of 152,699.
7:15AM Breakfast: Cereal, fruit, rolls, toast, O.J., coffee
8:40AM Hudson Room 5. We gather here to meet our guide and join others who will be taking a tour led by Ensemble Tours. We were bused to the Nidaros Cathedral, a massive gothic structure erected in the 11th century and the site of Norwegian coronations. Our local guide was not permitted to lead us into the building, so we made our own way. It was extremely dark and we were limited to certain areas. In all, this was a very disappointing stop.
Out next stop was the Trondelag Folk Museum, which has 60 transplanted buildings including typical farmhouses and small cottages and a Stave church. The church was built in 1170s and has been altered a number of times, the last time was in 1704, This type of construction uses a framework design with solid corner pillars, called “staves”, and with planks standing upright, called “tiles”, in the frames. We entered this old building which displayed only the bare wooden walls and floor. The large nave portion was described to have had no seating, so the people had to stand the entire time of the service, which could last several hours. The separate apse was accessible and visible through a narrow opening, which would have made it difficult to observe the celebrant. Those must have been tough times!
Our guide described the various farm structures, including a wedding hall which the owner used and rented out to his neighbors. We concluded our visit with a drink (beer) and snack. In returning to the Rotterdam. we stopped a very good high overlook which provided an excellent view of the city.
1:00PM Lunch: Vegetarian sandwich/Grilled chicken sandwich, Minestrone soup, fruit, bread pudding, hot berry mix, decaf.
2:00 - 3:00PM We walked in town for some photo shots and explore the side streets.
5:00PM Wajang Theater 4. Mass
5:45PM Dinner: (Smart Casual Dress) Chef Rudi’s Special: The waiters and chefs paraded around the tables juggling, performing tricks, etc. (A new gimmick for entertainment.) Chicken and noodles, Roast duck, salad, Chocolate mouse special created by Master Chef Rudi, decaf.
8:30PM Wajang Theater 4. “Breach”
Walk today: 4.2 Miles