Fjord Travels With Mom II: Balestrand’s Beautiful Artistry

As soon as we arrive in Balestrand, my mother and I fall in love with the place. We had largely expected it, for the very name had enchanted us: Bal-e-strand. Saying it conjures romantic visions in my mind of a rocky beach, a castle on the hill. "Balestrand," I learn after a quick etymological dive, … Continue reading Fjord Travels With Mom II: Balestrand’s Beautiful Artistry

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Fjord Travels With Mom: Flåm, Gudvangen & the Sognefjord

On the fjord-road from Kaupanger to Balestrand, there are apple orchards everywhere. Slender saplings—espaliered and robust with fruit—greet us along a winding road barely cut into the coast’s unyielding shore. My mom, still a little nervous in the passenger seat after letting me drive her across Norway, is the one to use the word “espalier,” … Continue reading Fjord Travels With Mom: Flåm, Gudvangen & the Sognefjord