Saturday: Aug 23, 2008

(cesta zpatky do Osla pres Lillehammer a Hamar)

On Saturday we took road E6 and drove it all the way back to Gardermoen Airport.

When we started our return trip, the clouds were low and scattered along the way like some kind of cotton candy.


First, we followed the Gudbrandsdal valley to Lillehammer.


The whole valley was dotted with lakes and the surrounding mountains were wearing their cotton candy bandana all the way to Lillehammer.


This is the train station at Lillehammer, where we asked for directions to the Olympic Village.


The Olympic Administration building now serves as the Olympic Museum.


In downtown Lillehammer we ran into a Saturday market.


After Lillehammer the clouds mysteriously disappeared.


A quick stop at a horse farm...


...revealed this lovely pony.


Since the sun was out doing its thing, we made a longer stop at Hamar. We parked our car in this quiet street and went on a prowl.


On our way in I noticed a wedding outside of this church, so I returned to it...


...and the wedding was still in progress...


...with this vintage car being the bride's honorary carrier.


This is downtown Hamar on a Saturday afternoon.


And this is the Olympic Skating Rink, styled as an upturned Viking ship...


...which seemed ready to be deployed in the neighboring lake Mjøsa.


Mjøsa is the largest lake in Norway, and it took quite a while before we saw the end of it.


As we were approaching Oslo, we saw more and more fields (including strawberry fields that seemed to stretch forever).


When we checked into the Gardermoen Airport Hotel, I still had a few photos left, so I went out and took a photo of this office building next to the hotel.


And then it was time to return our car at the airport and get ready for a flight back.