Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Historic Stalheim and the trip to the hotel

We got up early again for our trip to Stalheim, a historic hotel built in 1885. The trip to the hotel was as exciting as the hotel itself. We stopped along hte way to view an historic stave church. This particular church was built around 1100AD if I remember correctly. All made of wood, it's quite amazing that these wooden buildings have withstood the test of time. Why? To build them, the Norwegians would strip the bark from growing trees, bore holes into the trees and let the juices seep out before cutting the trees down for lumber. The wood would be practially has hard as cement.  To preserve the buildings, they tar them every three years. It was fun to note how short the doorways were.

We then continued on to Stalheim located in Voss, Norway and overlooking the Nærøydalen valley.  The view was simply breathtaking.
The hotel boasted an open air museum, one that included several authentic log buildings to show what life might have been like a century past.

1 comment:

Ciara Gold said...

Kris, I would love to be able to understand your comments. Did a translation and I got an incomplete sentence. Anyway, No worries, but I had some other Chinese posters that weren't so kind in what they were trying to say. So - be advised, that from now on, if not sent in English, I will have to reject the comment. Sorry.