Sand to Kristiansand

L, Maalfried and Solveig

After receiving yet more gifts and the last hugs, we boarded the ferry and waved goodbye to the aunties and cousins.  It was sad to leave, but it also was the prettiest day yet with sunshine and no wind.  The ferry ride from Sand to Stavanger was just two hours, and it was a good day to be on the water.  In Stavanger we walked the short distance through the picturesque old town area to the train station.

Leaving Sand on the ferry

Leaving Sand on the ferry

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The nearly empty train from Stavanger to Kristiansand took three hours and wound its way through some very scenic areas, sometimes following the coast and sometimes inland.

Stavanger

Stavanger

Stavanger

Stavanger

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Stavanger

On the train to Kristiansand

On the train to Kristiansand

The many masts of the Tall Ships greeted us upon disembarking from the train in the Kristiansand station.  The harbor was full and the party had been going on for three days.  There was an outdoor stage with a band, food and souvenir kiosks, and a colorful and enthusiastic crowd.  Each ship seemed to be hosting a party with the crew in full dress uniform.  It was quite a festive scene.

Tall Ships in Kristiansand harobr

Tall Ships in Kristiansand harobr

Kristiansand

Kristiansand

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Kristiansand harbor near the fish market

Becky in Kristiansand

At the Kristiansand fish market

At the Kristiansand fish market

The fish market in old town Kristansand

The fish market in old town Kristansand

The Tall Ships Regatta has been a bi-annual event, the ports competing for the honor and the tourist dollars that it brings in.  This year there are a record 28 ships in our Class A category.  Due to the popularity of the race, it has been set in the Mediterranean for next year.  We located the Statsraad Limhkuhl, a repeat winner of the regatta, but it was too late to take a tour of the ship.  The Kristiansand harbor seemed a perfect setting for the regatta.

Photo credit:   R. Nielsen

Photo credit: R. Nielsen

Our ship, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl

Our ship, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl

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2 Responses to Sand to Kristiansand

  1. Russ says:

    Welcome back to land. I saw that the wind was not very good for the race – bad for the race; good for amateur sea legs. The parties and harbor area activities sounded like a good time.

  2. Teresa Favazza says:

    So Captain Laura did you ” vinto”
    The race? Beautiful harbor in Kristiansand! Those Lobsters look like Maine ones, but don’t like the cut off fish head😝. (Poor thing)………….
    Happy to hear you are having a great time and your back on land😎
    T

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