Meeting with Friends ...and Vikings!








During the past weekend we had the very great pleasure of meeting my long-time blog-friend Melanie--who I've known for 10 years--and her husband! She has been such a sister-friend to me for a long time, so this was BIG! We took the train to Oslo and met them for a day there in the big city on Saturday. And such FUN we had! We all have a good deal in common, and the talk, ideas, sharing and everything flowed so beautifully. And history being an area we all are interested in, a big highlight of our day in Oslo was a visit to The Viking Ship Museum/Museum of Cultural History. It is here that the excavated finds of three Viking ships are housed, clinker built longships --The Oseberg Ship, The Gokstad Ship, and the Tune Ship. The grandest ship being the Oseberg Ship.

These Viking ships were discovered in Viking grave mounds and excavated during the late 1800's-early 1900's. In the Oseberg Ship grave--dating from the 9th century--was found skeletons of two women, horses, an ox and dogs. The grave contained many opulent goods associated with burial rites--signifying social status, as well as needs for the afterlife. A large number of everyday items including wooden buckets, cooking cauldrons, wooden furniture, ornaments, and even wooden sleighs, were also found in the grave. Absolutely fascinating! We took LOTS of photos...and so here are a few to share. Even the building of the museum is exciting. To me, it was like a church, a cathedral...and even the interior has a special sacred quality. Built like a church to house cherished pieces of the past... I could have lived there! 

Oh, I could write sooo much more about the time seeing the Viking ships! Do follow the links here, as the Viking history is incredible. And do join me here later in the week--for when we took Melanie and her husband on their extra day for another visit with the Vikings! 


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  1. oh my goodness Tracy! what a treat this post is.
    i'm so glad you got to finally meet with your friend and her husband.
    and to learn more of the history of your very own Viking's land and past!
    it has also fascinated me too. we have a large runestone in our state in the ancient mountains of the southeastern part.
    found to be here WAYYYY before Columbus was ever a sparkle in anyone's eye! LOL.
    historians have studied it for years and think that it was carved by early Viking explorers to this land.
    it is protected but left in place. and quite a hike to see it. which i did!
    it was years ago before all the heart issues but i'm so glad i got to see it.
    and this morning i've followed every link you gave us and read them all.
    your photo of the amazing carving on the ship is better than the official one!
    it's such a rich and interesting history. thanks for taking us along with you! xo

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this, Tammy! It was a huge treat to put together. We had so many photos from the weekend, it was almost overwhelming. The amount of artefacts gathered at the Viking Ship Museum is truly stunning and very special. LOVED hearing about the special Viking artefacts in your state. What is it called?! Not to discount Columbus, but sadly, he gets far too much credit for the "discovery" of the Americas. The Vikings were there first! ;) LOL...

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  2. such a blessing to have met your special friend after so much time and to see this beautiful place!! The craftsmanship of these ships is so incredible! God bless you dear one and keep you in His care! <3

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth-sooo kind! :) And yes, the beauty and craftsmanship of the ships and all the artefacts was incredible!

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  3. Hi dear Tracy, these are wonderful pictures! So wonderful that you could not only visit this so interesting and wonderful place but also to enjoy it in the oresence of your dear friend!! I am imagining the work these people have done on these boat, it’s amazing!!! Absolutely amazing. Have a wonderful rest of the week, big hugs and lots of love Jitka

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    1. It was one of the very BEST times! :)))

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  4. Meeting blog friends face to face is such a joy! I look forward to that time with you :)
    Historical sites are always high on our lists of places to visit!

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    1. I look forward to the day to meet/see you too, Willow... we gotta get ourselves to the west coast!! ;)

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    2. or we have to get to Norway!

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  5. Oh Tracy, it sounds like a wonderful weekend and time away is always fun. All the more so when you get to meet an old friend and enjoy some good times together. The photos are really terrific. that was wonderful lighting in that museum and you got some beautiful captures. Quite the history there. I would find that fascinating.

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    1. You would have loved this place, Jeanie! We could have spent a week there... LOL! Just so much to look at, appreciate and take in. The items in glass cases were actually a little tricky to photography, as often in museums--so much light bouncing off the glass and making reflections. It was wonderful being so close to those ships--that we could almost reach out and touch them. The smell of the old wood... I can't even describe. We were lucky to be there when we were, as this week they were closed for a day or two cleaning. They have special vacuum cleaners to clean the ships!

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  6. How wonderful that you were able to meet your friend Tracy! I still cherish the day we got to spend together at Tenterdon with you and TJ and in our home. I am really fascinated with Vikings, especially where I have been able to trace one line in my family back to Ragnar Lothbrook.(I am sure I have misspelled that). What a fascinating culture they were. When I was younger I as a huge fan of historical romance and used to love reading the ones with vikings in them. Thanks for all you share and I am looking forward to more about the Vikings and your visit with your friend! Much love to you and many hugs and blessings! xoxo

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    1. Oh, that was one of our VERY best days too, Marie--meet you & Todd. And the happiness of being invited to your home and all the joy of the visit we had. We talk about it a lot still... and with the hope of repeating that FUN! I've been enjoying historical novels more--from all periods of time. I like the period detail and description of things!

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  7. Viking history is fascinating. I love seeing the long boat so much! Thinking of all the things found for the after life too. How wonderful to spend time with a blogging friend.

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    1. It is something very special seeing these boats... especially the Oseberg Ship, that largest one, which was nearly intact!

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  8. Wow, this sounds like such a fun adventure with your friends. I liked that she was a close blogging friend. I hope to sometime meet some of my blogging friends. I love history so I am sure I would have enjoyed this experiences. The photos are awesome. I think it is perfect that they have the museum in a Chapel like building. I think these are sacred artifact. I did read about the link to the Viking history and the grave mounds. Very fascinated by the two women's remains. Especially, being able to diagnosis the illness of the older woman. This was so interesting. I have always loved history and will look forward to learning more from your trip.
    Warm thoughts and hugs for you dear Sister in Christ! Big hugs!!

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    1. It is a wonderful thing to be able to meet and visit with a blog-friend in real time. Meeting Melanie last week, that was my third time meeting a blog-friend. Each time is a blessing! I dream of meeting all my blog-friends one day--it's a pipe dream... but it's good to dream! :)

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  9. How fun to have a day out with your friends. I’m always amazed when such ancient things are found. The workmanship in the images you post is so interesting to see, especially what survived all those centuries.

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  10. I’m so glad that you had such a wonderful time when Melanie visited. The Viking museum looks fascinating and their skill at building such ships is so impressive. They are truly works of art. Marie x

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  11. Seeing the Oseberg Ship had been on my bucket list since a tutor told me about it nearly 20 years ago, so it was a big day for that alone, let alone us meeting for the first time! Why had we not thought to meet up sooner? A decade was far too long! It won’t be allowed to be that long again. Such an amazing place with a quality of wooden Archaeology which rarely survives. Examples of textiles! But the Oseberg Ship herself... wow! The angles, the craftsmanship, the decorations! A real privilege to see, and in the best company.

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    1. She is a wondrous beauty isn't she, the Oseberg Ship?! It was a gift to be able to visit again, and to share the experience with you, Melanie...It was the BEST weekend!! :) And yes, we mustn't let another decade go by before we meet up again!! ((HUGS))

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