Category Archives: Video

Transatlantic — Into Kristiansand, Norway


Kristiansand, Norway

The next stop after Skagen for Voyager of the Seas was Kristiansand, Norway, where we docked on August 24, 2017. Kristiansand is much larger city than our previous stop. Alas, the weather did not hold here, so I’m limited on the imagery. We’ll start below with a photograph of Christiansholm Fortress, a structure ordered built by King Christian IV and completed in 1672:

Christiansholm Fortress

Being a seaport, it would be remiss of me not to include at least one marina shot:

Kristiansand, Norway

There is in Kristiansand, near this marina, an event held each August. This is the annual Sand Festival, where artists from around the world come to create sand sculptures. Fortunately for us, the creations for the 2017 event were still up for view:

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

This is also the location of Kristiansand’s Otterdalsparken (along the Kristiansand Boardwalk) where you’ll find fountains designed by Kjell Nupen:

Kristiansand, Norway

Also in this area is a sculpture of a boy riding atop a bear, the story behind which I cannot find:

Boy Riding Bear

Comments Off on Transatlantic — Into Kristiansand, Norway

Filed under Photography, R. Doug Wicker, travel, Video

54 Days at Sea — Exploring Ponta Delgada, Azores


Ponta Delgada, Azores

The passengers and crew of MS Prinsendam were five days away from our next port of, so Ursula and I were out taking advantage of our last walk on land until then.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Fortunately, Ponta Delgada is a great walking city offering much to see and photograph. For instance, here’s a great street view:

Ponta Delgada, Azores

At one point we strolled along the shoreline:

Ponta Delgada, Azores

We also enjoyed the historic buildings and squares in the city center (baixa, or ‘lower town’):

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Now for some architectural shots:

2 Comments

Filed under Photography, R. Doug Wicker, travel, Video

Ecuador — The Amazon River Basin and la Casa del Suizo


Rio Napo overlook at Casa del Suizo

Passing down into the Amazon Basin we left Highway 30 and headed north on Highway 45 (Troncal Amazónica—Amazon Trunk). Turning onto 436 just south of Tena we headed west along the Rio Napo until the road ran out. But our trip this day was not yet over. We still had a ways to go to our lodgings for the night. So, into the river boats we went for the final leg on this Amazon tributary.

Riding the Rio Napo to our lodgings

It took several boats to accommodate our group.

Rio Napo, a tributary to the Amazon

Our destination for the day was a marvelous resort built by a gentleman originally from Interlaken, Switzerland — Arnold “Beni” Ammeter. This is la Casa del Suizo Rainforest Eco-Lodge, where we lazed about in the pavilion while our rooms were assigned and our dinners readied.

Casa del Suizo pavilion and bar

La Casa del Suizo pavilion and bar

While my fellow travelers imbibed I decided to take a gander at the common areas of the resort, starting with the views perched above the Rio Napo.

Rio Napo overlook at Casa del Suizo

Here are the common areas of this luxurious resort:

La Casa del Suizo dining room

La Casa del Suizo pool palapas

The grounds to the lodgings are equally as picturesque and impressive.

La Casa del Suizo Rainforest Eco-Lodge

La Casa del Suizo Rainforest Eco-Lodge

2 Comments

Filed under Photography, R. Doug Wicker, travel, Video