Saturday, August 08, 2015

Golden Route / 黃金之路


After our ferry ride across Geirangerfjord, we immediately hit the Norwegian County Road 63, driving on the winding mountain roads--the Ørnevegen (the Eagle Road) and Trollstigen, the latter open only from May to September. The two together are known as the Golden Route. 


     Constructing these roads required outstanding road engineering and building skills, but what's even more amazing is that they were built with the simple tools available back in the 1930s. Also, driving is a tremendous challenge for drivers for there are eleven hairpin bends on each road. After a 3.5-hour drive from Geiranger to Lillehammer, not only drivers but also passengers are physically and mentally exhausted. 


     It's fun to see locks of love everywhere in North Europe. I bet it's because natural scenery is so fascinating that people want to leave marks with their loved ones. I do have the strong desire to engrave everything I see in my head. 


     I might sound ungrateful in saying that I always end up feeling sick and tired of taking photos at the end of the day. However, when we reach the highest point, I can't help snapping photos upon seeing the magnificent views of mountains covered with thick layers of frozen snow. 


     I've made up my mind to go back to Norway in my lifetime! 

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