This time, last year

This time last year our family was on the shores of the great Sognefjord in western Norway, near the small farm of my great grandfather. We celebrated Midsummer late into the evening last year.

One of my cousins has built seven cabins right down on the water at the farm. Beautiful.

A very special few days in Norway those were, indeed!

On this day two weeks ago…

A picture named Bergen-062102.jpgTwo weeks ago today I was in Bergen, Norway — a simply delightful city on Norway’s west coast.

Weather, as you can see from this photo, was fabulous — in spite of Bergen’s rainy day reputation.

I got to Bergen on the train from Oslo — about a 7 hour trip through the most amazing scenery across Norway’s interior mountains.

I found a beautifully done photo by Kjell Heggestad of some Bergen rooftops on photo.net last summer — and have been using it as one of my favorite desktop backgrounds.

Visiting Loftesnes, Norway

I recently took one of those “vacations of a lifetime” to Norway.

Turns out my great grandfather immigrated to the US in the mid-1800’s. He with his family left a place named Loftesnes on the big Sognefjord in Norway.

Sometime after immigrating to the US, a second ‘s’ was added to our last name — probably to “English-ize” it.

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Loftesnes, Norway

In the photo at right (courtesy of the Hofslund Fjord Hotel), I’ve labeled Loftesnes which is just across the bridge from the town of Sogndal.

The hotel itself, where I stayed on the journey, is right on the fjord and has a beautiful overlook of the fjord to the south/southwest.

Once you’ve seen this place, you wonder how one could ever leave! Of course, life was very different there 150 years ago — and the new frontier of America called…

I wonder what my family’s first July 4th was like in their new country?