Baltic Cruise Kristiansand

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 18th September 2009


I have always been interested in Fossils and Minerals and basic Geology  and Jonathan inherited this trait from me.  I can remember him spending two months pocket money-  £8  - on an Ammonite Fossil which he bought at the Natural History Museum.  With this in mind we booked a tour to Setesdal Mineral Park.

The drive took about an hour and the scenery was absolutely delightful.  Throughout the whole Cruise we'd been blessed with good weather and our day in Kristiansand was no exception. 

We drove through the most lovely countryside dripping with photographic opportunities - total mirror image reflections in still Lakes and lovely panoramas.

The actual area only boasts indigenous feldspar and quartz, but an enthusiastic collector, Arnar Hansson, decided to create a Park in which are displayed minerals from all over the world.  The 'Museum' has been blasted out of the rock and there are five chambers absolutely stuffed with the most beautiful exhibits - they are shown in natural form - e.g. there is a lump of matrix in which you see a thick vein of Opal.  I'd love to be more explicit but, very surprisingly, the labels were only in Norwegian and not all minerals translate easily.  As most Norwegians speak English and the Park has visitors from all over the world, it is odd that the names were not translated. ( I will put a couple of photos into the Gallery for you - but please don't be impatient as they take a while to upload and I've already spent hours writing the Blog and illustrating each day with a photo.  I really must get down to some work of my own.)

Once again I left my Credit Cards on the Arcadia so as not to be tempted by the beautiful semi-precious artefacts on sale at the Park.   I can avoid temptation so long as it isn't there!!

We had a lovely sunny sailaway from Kristiansand.

This was to be our last Formal Evening so it was hairwashing and getting suitably attired.  It was also to be the last show of the Headliners - that was a great sadness as we'd enjoyed their shows so much.  However, as we were at sea the next day and they'd no show in the evening, the youngsters were able to party after their performances - so we all ended up in the Disco where the delightful James devoted a great deal of time to teaching an 'old' lady to Salsa.  Quite a few of the passengers suggested I should be on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.  Actually I was interviewed for the programme in 2006 but, unfortunately, they didn't choose me.

(Please forgive me if I'm teaching Grandmother/father to suck eggs but, because I've put so much information into September, to continue reading the Blogs you will have to go to the left-hand side of the page and click on September where you will get all the writings about the various ports of call.  The same goes if you want to look back at any old Blogs.)

I'll do an overall view of the whole cruise in a day or two as I have to go off  Cambridge to discuss a possible future work project.  


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