01.08.2007 -17 °C
Saturday, 16 June
No sunrise or sunset today. Temperature: 42° Light rain and chilly
Tromso is the largest city above the Arctic Circle - pop. 61,182. A former whaling station, this city is boasted as “the Paris of the North” - an active cultural scene and buzzing nightlife. This day, however, it boasted of rain.
7:30AM Breakfast: Fruit, O/J/. Orange, Cereal, Waffles with bacon, rolls, coffee.
11:00AM We had a delay waiting for a shuttle bus to take us to the center of Tromso - about a 10 minute ride. Rainy conditions limited our walking around the city. We did see a wooden church, the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral at a distance across the bay. We witnessed some type of parade - with a few drummers, several differently dressed groups marched along and came to an end near the waterfront where someone was speaking. It could have been a political action affair, an Aids grouping, or whatever. In any event we stood at a distance, not wishing to be caught up in some turmoil.
Nearby we visited the Catholic Cathedral (“Cathedral of the Arctic), built in 1865 - they say it is the northernmost in the world.
We continued our walk and took a few photos before we returned to our bus shuttle station and returned to the Rotterdam.
12:30AM Lunch: Egg noodle w/fish, meat sauce, fruit, pastries, tea. Relaxed in the cabin and then Explorer Lounge 5.
5:00 Mass Wajang Theater 4. Attended Mass.
5:45PM Dinner: (Smart Casual Dress)“Wedding soup”, Caesar salad, Rogane salad, Veal, strawberry/rhubarb w/vanilla ice cream, de-caf.
8:00PM Queen’s Lounge 4. “Liar’s Club”. Three Rotterdam staff members try to define different words and their meanings. Quite humorous and surprising to find who had the correct answers, since several sounded very convincing.
8:30PM Queen’s Lounge. Frank Berry. A delightful Canadian comedian, and a very good show.
Walk today: 3.9 Miles