Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Norwegian fjords cruise on the Marco Polo.

Posted in Fjords cruise on Marco Polo and meeting with Dara O'Briain in Bergen. by sheelanagigcomedienne on May 2, 2014

We had a relaxing six night fjords cruise on the Marco Polo where we had a deluxe cabin which means it had big windows and room for a settee and a chair. Food was great, entertainment jolly. Bobby Dazzler the comedian. We enjoyed the violin and piano Carmen Duo- Tatiana and Varvara –  most enjoyable as they played in the Captain’s Club. We shared a table for eight at dinner in the Waldorf restaurant and they were a an interesting bunch as we had few laughs with them.

Marco Polo          Captains club lounge Marco PoloCabin 804 De Luxe

Me at the front of the shipsailing up the Naerofjord the narrowest fjord in Europe

Me at the front of the shipsailing up the Naerofjord the narrowest fjord in Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We stopped at Eidfjord, Flam and Bergen.

Sculpted face in Eidfjord

In Eidfjord we took a delighful two hour walk in brilliant sunshine up the hill, through the woods- a Norwegian wood – down to the lake and back along the river. Dave took a side trip up to the waterfall.

Campsite Eidfjord

Campsite Eidfjord

Bus stop

Bus stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red wood sculpture

We passed a 12th century church with a graveyard.gable of old church in Eidfjord  Norwegian wood

 

There was a gravestone with a Humanist symbol which I was delighted to see amongst all those with the christian logo of the cross – an instrument of torture.

 

Humanist gravestone in Eidfjord churchyard

Humanist gravestone in Eidfjord churchyard

Church gable

I liked this red painted wood art piece.

Red wood sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Flam we took the train to Myrdal. The Flam railway has ten stations, twenty tunnels and one bridge. The maximum gradient is 5.5 percent (1:18), making it the steepest standard gauge railway in Europe. Because of its steep gradient and picturesque nature, the Flåm Line is now almost exclusively a tourist service and has become the third-most visited tourist attraction in Norway.

  snow scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

waterfall

House with a bike ner Myrdal station

Flam carriageFlam railway carriage interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our last stop was Bergen. We did the ‘must-do’ funicular trip from the Floibanen station.

Floibanen funucular station

Floibanen funicular station

View from above

View from above

.

 

 

Bergen manhole cover

Bergen manhole cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and strolled around Bryggen.

Bryggen Bergen           Houses Bergen

 

 

 

 

 

 

clapperboard houses

Hotel window

Hotel window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We ambled 0nto the octagon-shaped lake Lille Lungegardsvann. There is a statue of an unhappy boy and a voluptuous woman.unhappy boyVoluptuous women

Lille lake bergen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Deco theatre

Art Deco theatre

The theatre Den Nationale Scene has a little garden in front and this stern statue of Ibsen.

Ibsen

Ibsen

Theatre faces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We encountered this statue of a soldier boy.

Boy soldier

Boy soldier

 

We went to see the Grieghallen. I noticed one event taken place there was a Humanist Confirmation Ceremony.

Humanist Conformation in Grieghallen

Humanist Conformation in Grieghallen

 

I took the photo of the little Grieg statue.GriegAs I turned around this recognisable person came into view and so as I had my camera in my hand I took his photo.

Dara giving an interview

Dara giving an interview

We got talking and the chap interviewing him showed me his smooth shave which he got done when he was in Galway the previous day!

As we chatted the cameraman kept filming. I told them that when I did my show in Galway in Taylor’s bar that a Norwegian film crew came along and filmed my show as they were in Ireland researching the Sheela-na-Gig figures. This review is from The Connaught Tribune when I did my show in Galway a year before I took it to the Edinburgh Festival in 1996. I don’t know if they ever showed it in Norway.

A Norwegian film crew, rain drumming off the marquee and rivulets running underfoot set the bizarre scene for Jeanne Egan’s opening performance of “Sheela-na-Gig’ at Taylors Bar.

Perhaps none other than a Scandanavian TV crew could dwell upon the incongruities of two millenia of western development as brought out here . They just happended to be exploring the Sheela-na-Gig phenomenon after discovering some figures in their home country.

P.S. Wearing ties not recommended.

Sadly Taylor’s bar is no more as that part of Galway has become sleaze street with dives like this and a casino.

Le Paradis Club formerlyTaylor's Bar Galway

Le Paradis Club formerlyTaylor’s Bar Galway

I had a bit of craic with Dara and told him about being compared to Dave Allen and then conducting his funeral in 2007. Of course, I knew that Dara was a humanist supporter and is a friend of our President Jim Al Khalili with whom he has done some television work. It was a serendipitous  encounter with Dara who was on tour in Scandinavia.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: